With the first week of the New Year completed, our federal government has already undergone two hefty points of contention, the resolution to the fiscal cliff and the inauguration of a new batch of representatives. My senator, Senator Elizabeth Warren, the outspoken mother of Occupy Wall Street and champion of socialism, is among them.
Recently she was asked by a reporter what income level defines the middle class. Warren asserted there was no number with which we could define the middle class, despite the reporters example that when writing a bill one would need to define different levels of income. She deftly avoided an answer, pointing rather to increased funding in education as a way to strengthen the middle class, whomever they are.
While it is true that all Americans, despite their income level, may define themselves as middle class, there must be statistical data to supplement the title, if only to understand how we can truly help strengthen the middle class. As a reporter from the National Review asserted, “If we offer more subsidies to all Americans of any income level who’d like to attend college, and to the colleges themselves (as Warren would surely like, rather than means-testing college loans and savings programs or spending less on university compensation), then that is actually unlikely to “strengthen America’s middle class.”’
Its curious if Warren would define herself as a member of the elusive middle class, despite her tax returns showing she earned nearly $1 million in two of the last four years. As champion of the working class, does Warren truly understand being a part of the middle class? Warren’s clear avoidance of any statistical measurement for defining the middle class is a heartbreaking foreshadow of what the future holds of Senator Warren for the next years to come. Warren, another voice to the drone of the Democratic liberals, is so staunchly opposed to providing any mathematical statistics that one has to wonder, is she prepared to “save the middle class”? Increased funding for education and presumably more Pell grants can only take a country so far. With a whopping unemployment rate nearing 8%, the country needs government officials who will be working to fix our current economic disaster. In Warren’s first week she has proven what was suspected all along, disillusionment with the working class and a blank slate of ideas on how to fix the economy. A quick Google search on “Elizabeth Warren’s plan to fix the economy” or “Elizabeth Warren on the fiscal cliff” brings up little to no results; the most promising refers to an interview done with PBS three years ago.
While its too late to reserve the votes of the many citizens who supported Warren, as Massachusetts prepares to enter its second special election in four years we can only ask that the citizens of the Commonwealth choose their next senator more wisely.
Caitlyn Jarvis | St. Anselm College | @CaitlynJarvis