“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody."--Elizabeth Warren, former nominee for Wall Street Regulator and current Senatorial candidate from Massachusetts.
"This is the crux of the matter. What is tearing people apart is the unrelenting and insidious American myth of the supremacy of the individual - one person can will himself out of poverty, if one only tried hard enough. The poor are simply those who did not try hard enough.
"Americans must surely be made to realize that it is a singularly grotesque way of living a social life to reject anything and everything to do with helping others in the society that they share, simply because "I shouldn't be made to help others that simply lacked the will to try to be as well-off as I am." They have forgotten that a social life means a life of constant negotiation and compromise, cooperation and agreement -- a massive, constantly evolving pact among millions, the social contract.
"A contract, which is well past due for renegotiation."
--Brian K., commentary from the New York Times