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Surprise: Elizabeth Warren Can’t Define What the Phrase “Middle Class” Means
Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Daniel Doherty

Posted on 01/05/2013 5:37:13 PM PST by Kaslin

President Obama -- along with many of the liberal Democrats in Congress -- originally defined “the rich” as couples making more than $250,000 a year. They were very specific and emphatic about how this group of taxpayers needs to pay their “fair share.” Yet, when one of the Senate’s newest -- and one of the most liberal -- members was asked to define what income groups comprise the “middle class,” she simply couldn’t do it.

How remarkable:

Elizabeth Warren Can't Define What Middle Class Is

"It’s not a numbers issue. I know you would expect a very wonky answer from me…When we strengthen education, when we make it possible for kids to go to college, then we strengthen America’s middle class, and that doesn’t mean a dollar figure.”

Professor Warren’s campaign was in large part based on serving and protecting the interests of the middle class -- and now she can’t (or more likely won't) identify who they are? Absolutely stunning. Kudos to the reporter, too, for pressing her to give an answer, even though she wouldn’t budge.

In addition, I don’t think the interviewer was looking at all for a “very wonky” answer. She simply wanted a general idea of which income groups the Senator believes constitute the “middle class.” Perhaps couples making less than $450,000 a year, I wonder? The fact that Warren could not -- or would not -- answer this simple yet straightforward question is telling in and of itself, and can’t be described as anything other than “a dodge.” And while I don’t see anything inherently wrong with failing to answer the question per se, it’s disconcerting that this self-appointed “warrior for the American middle class" can’t even offer a vague definition of who she’s attempting to protect.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Ms. Warren’s definition of “middle class” is as tenuous as her claim to Native American ancestry.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: elizabethwarren; fauxcahontas; mediaandculture; middleclass; taxes

1 posted on 01/05/2013 5:37:29 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

To Warren’s way of thinking, there are only two classes. The communist elite and everyone else (the unwashed masses) that they rule over.


2 posted on 01/05/2013 5:40:05 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where can I pick up a 2013 Mayan calendar?)
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To: Kaslin

Wow, only Innerparty and Proles in Warren’s view?


3 posted on 01/05/2013 5:40:56 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Kaslin

Another brilliant, intellectual, intensely bright
Progressive moron.

(Scu&bags one and all)

IMHO


4 posted on 01/05/2013 5:45:34 PM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Communists don’t know what middle class is..they just know how to take other people’s money


5 posted on 01/05/2013 5:46:00 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Kaslin

She can’t define what truth means, facts, reality, and many other things.


6 posted on 01/05/2013 5:48:10 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

>>To Warren’s way of thinking, there are only two classes. The communist elite and everyone else (the unwashed masses) that they rule over.<<

You left out the EEEVIL rich!


7 posted on 01/05/2013 5:51:41 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: Kaslin
Living on a shoe-string, A fifty cent millionaire...
8 posted on 01/05/2013 5:56:11 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

Our Republic is broken as moron voters vote someone like this lying, hyocrite, idiot person into a leadership position. If the teepees burn this a$$hat would use bacon grease to try and douse the flames.


9 posted on 01/05/2013 6:00:09 PM PST by A message
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To: bmwcyle
"She can’t define what truth means, facts, reality, and many other things."

It doesn't matter. She's there for 6 years now and she'll be working to tear America down every minute of every day. Remember; she the one that invented the "you didn't build that" attack.

10 posted on 01/05/2013 6:08:07 PM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: Baynative; bmwcyle
Remember; she the one that invented the "you didn't build that" attack.

And took credit for the Occupy movement.

11 posted on 01/05/2013 6:10:38 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Kaslin

Democrats are such lemmings. Vote for ANYONE with a D beside their name. That is why we are in the mess we are in.


12 posted on 01/05/2013 6:11:21 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Kaslin

This is not unexpected or surprising. I was viewing comments earlier on a story regarding wage comparisons. To my amusement, I kept seeing the typical vague references to a ‘living wage’ and ‘enough to raise a family’. What are those amounts, and who determines the amounts?

I could be quite comfortable at even $1 k per month, as I have no debt and live frugally - and take great comfort and pride in doing so. So, does someone get to arbitrarily determine that in order to have ‘enough to raise a family’, you would need a TV in three rooms of the house, cable, multiple new gadgets yearly, a vehicle with bling that is less than 5 years old, new fashionable clothing??? What is the threshold of this amount? While I could be happy and well taken care of on a minimal amount, that would be a pittance to most who would cringe at the neglect that such a small amount would represent. These talking point phrases are so obscure that the idiots who spout them haven’t even considered what they should represent. All they consider is that someone has more than them (neglecting the obvious fact that that individual’s efforts and hard work created the wage gap), and that is by liberal thought, unfair. In order for someone to have more, than someone had to be stolen from in order to produce it, right?!?!?!?


13 posted on 01/05/2013 6:15:31 PM PST by RobertClark (It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we'r)
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To: Kaslin

But I bet she has a killer family recipe for chipped pemmican on fry bread.


14 posted on 01/05/2013 6:20:22 PM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire.)
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To: Kaslin

Honest injun?


15 posted on 01/05/2013 6:20:44 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: bmwcyle
She can’t define what truth means, facts, reality, and many other things.

Just how freaking sad is it that someone of this ilk get's elected to the United States Senate ?

16 posted on 01/05/2013 6:41:35 PM PST by onona (KCCO)
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To: onona

We live in the age of deception that the Bible warns us.


17 posted on 01/05/2013 7:14:31 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: onona

I do agree, yet my standard for how pathetic the voters are is that dim wit Al Franken! No excuses for that one.
Even dummies like Dick Durbin can fool the morons in cook county, and all the ‘african american’ nominees have that locked down. But Franken?? We scrapped the bottom of the pit on that one.


18 posted on 01/05/2013 7:16:39 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: Kaslin

if we have to define ‘classes’ (which is unAmerican)... it would be easily done with math

poor: bottom 10%
lower middle class: bottom 10-25%
middle class: 25-75%
upper middle class: 75-90%
upper class: 90-99%
rich: top 1%

the actual salary lines would vary year to year as determined by gross income


19 posted on 01/05/2013 7:37:43 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: onona

Seriously? We are talking about Massachusetts here...Kennedy, Kerry, Barny Frank, the big dig...


20 posted on 01/05/2013 7:40:14 PM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44
Al Franken stole the election. There was a lot of voter fraud going on. Minnesotans are generally not very bright when it comes to politics, but seriously, even we have a limit.
21 posted on 01/05/2013 7:51:19 PM PST by adgirl
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To: Kaslin

Liberals also can’t define the words “fair share” and what percentage of income of the rich should be their fair share. Nothing will be a fair share of the rich unless the gov’t takes 100% of their income.


22 posted on 01/05/2013 7:54:48 PM PST by RightLady
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To: A message

See my tagline


23 posted on 01/05/2013 8:04:50 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

The ‘’rich’’ Obama speaks of is anyone with a job.


24 posted on 01/05/2013 8:16:27 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Kaslin
"Middle class" is a term borrowed from England- has no place belonging in America- a made-up phrase for a non existent social entity

Webster-1887 "Middle Class"- In England, people who have an intermediate position between the nobility or leisured class and the working class."

25 posted on 01/05/2013 9:02:17 PM PST by bunkerhill7 (wellll duhhh!!.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
To Warren’s way of thinking, there are only two classes. The communist elite and everyone else (the unwashed masses) that they rule over

So true of the citizens of socialist MA.

26 posted on 01/06/2013 6:45:51 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Kaslin
The original descriptions were something like:

1) Working class: if you work for someone else for a paycheck, then you're working class.

2) Middle class was defined as doctors, lawyers, small business owners, and senior management of large corporations, and those of similar income -- people with some degree of independence.

3) The wealthy were those who could maintain an opulent lifestyle off of the income from their investments.

27 posted on 01/06/2013 7:48:51 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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