When it comes to politics, we've seen so many crazy moves and outrageous tactics, we're almost numb to them, but I have to say I'm shocked by the Massachusetts Republican Party's latest attack. They are demanding that Harvard University stop paying Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren her salary for doing her job as a professor there.
Their reasoning, according to the Boston Globe: It sends a message that Ivy League schools support Democratic candidates. Can you say desperate?
The salary is in exchange for her services to the university. She will certainly be busy campaigning, but lots of professors have outside employment. She will still be expected to fulfill her obligations to Harvard, and the salary is just in exchange for those obligations, not to fund her campaign.
And can you imagine a better professor than someone who is running for Senate, who is so close to the law-making process? What a boon for students no matter what their political affiliation. But the Massachusetts GOP doesn't see it that way and would rather play politics (in the worst possible sense of the word). In a letter to Harvard, Nate Little, executive director of the state GOP, wrote:
Harvard runs the risk of jeopardizing its tax-exempt status. As a non-profit charitable institution, Harvard is prohibited from taking a position on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate. Your payment of a salary to Professor Warren causes reasonable-minded people to conclude that Harvard is supportive of her candidacy.
Actually reasonable-minded people believe people should be compensated for a job that they have been performing well and have given no indication they won't be performing well indefinitely.
Hear that sound? It's the shaking going on in the boots of the terrified Republicans. Warren is a candidate that is resonating with people in what will be one of the hottest races in the nation. She's dynamic, charismatic, and she's delivering amazing messages full of plain-speaking common sense that resonate with people. During a recent talking tour, she spoke about class warfare with chill-inducing clarity. Here's a snippet:
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there -- good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.
You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.
Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea -- God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
No wonder Republicans are scared. Her delivery is even more powerful as you can see in the video below.
What else you got, GOP? You're going to need a heck of a lot more than this lame attempt to stop her salary to stop her.
What do you think of the GOP demand that Harvard stop paying Elizabeth Warren?
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