Letter to the Editor: Warren Intern Says Candidate is 'For the People'

Hamilton resident Connor Schmidt is a summer intern for the Elizabeth Warren for Senate campaign and writes to express his support.

To the Editor:

This summer, it has been my pleasure to work as an intern with the Elizabeth Warren campaign for U.S. Senate. As I reflect on my time growing up in Hamilton, I become more and more sure of my support for her.

Warren is a candidate who wants to invest in the middle class, as she is a strong advocate for spending on infrastructure, technology, and education. I would not be the person I am without the fantastic and Elizabeth Warren truly wants to give everyone similar opportunities. 

Warren is a candidate for the people, backed by those looking to change the system in Washington, not by lobbyists or big banks. She has proven capable of breaking through the Washington gridlock, as she did with her creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an advocacy group that helps with student loans, credit cards and mortgages.

It is my firm belief that Elizabeth Warren is right for both Hamilton-Wenham and for Massachusetts because, as she says, “we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people.”

Thank you,

Connor Schmidt


Jay Burnham July 09, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Paul J...You toss around the words "deficit" and "debt" as if they are the same thing. they are not. A deficit occurs when the government takes in less money than it spends in a given year. The debt is the total amount the government owes at any given time. So the debt goes up in any given year by the amount of the deficit, or it decreases by the amount of any surplus. The Clinton years showed the effects of a large tax increase that Clinton pushed through in his first year. It fell almost exclusively on upper-income taxpayers. Clinton’s fiscal 1994 budget also contained spending restraints. Clinton’s large budget surpluses also owe much to the Social Security tax on payrolls. Social Security taxes now bring in more than the cost of current benefits, and the "Social Security surplus" makes the total deficit or surplus figures look better than they would if Social Security wasn’t counted. But even if we remove Social Security from the equation, there was a surplus of $1.9 billion in fiscal 1999 and $86.4 billion in fiscal 2000. So any way you count it, the federal budget was balanced and the deficit was erased. Those are the facts. Ever notice that if a Democratic president does well, Republicans insist it's either not true or that it was a Republican Congress that caused the benefit? Likewise, if a Republican president does not do well, it the fault of a Democratic congress? Talk about Kool-Aid!
Ron Powell July 10, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Another unanswerable argument. #winning
Jim Smith July 11, 2012 at 04:23 AM
@Ron, The Public sector is killing the private sector ? The state, Federal, Local, Country, along with many other agencies are hiring more than the private sector. Yet all the taxes come from the private sector in a thriving economy. How do we resolve this conundrum ? Everyone wants the retirement age to go up, but the private sector discriminates based upon age ? What will Elizabeth Warren do to enforce equal protection in hiring practices. Only the state, local and federal government will hire sixty year olds ?
Anne Sweeney July 11, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Connor, unlike Michelle, I am not that obsequious. So, I'll ask some questions based upon what you stated: Warren is a candidate who wants to invest in the middle class, as she is a strong advocate for spending on infrastructure, technology, and education. I would not be the person I am without the fantastic Hamilton-Wenham schools and Elizabeth Warren truly wants to give everyone similar opportunities. How do I know your middle class definition is entirely different than my own. I barely make a living to afford Hamilton, I have an average job, with a $35,000.00 per year salary. You people talk about $250,000.00 per year as if people actually make that type of money. I don't really know if you can identify with us little people. Like Romney and the rest of the elitists running for office, how will you make things better for my income group ? You want to take away my mortgage and real estate tax deduction. If I am lucky enough to have a rich uncle or family, you want to tax my inheritance so that the government benefits from my families hard work throughout their lifetime. How will you protect the interests of the "Lower Middle Class" ? I really don't think Mitt Romney, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama and the rest of the elitists care about me ? Change my mind ?
Jeff Stinson August 06, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Connor, it seems you have hit a "live one". Welcome to the world of politics! It is a fun ride. Enjoy. As for the discussion here - Connor is simply expressing his viewpoint. I suggest that if any of you feel so strongly about the subject then you should send Bobby Gates your own Letters to the Editor in support of your candidate. I only ask that you keep it somewhat civil as to ensure that our democracy remains intact. I'd hate for the Brits to reassume control over our land after the Olympics because of some crazy internet civil war.


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