Elizabeth Warren: ‘Government Permits Us To Do Things Together That None of Us Could Do Alone’

By Penny Starr | October 9, 2015 | 3:51 PM EDT

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace event in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 8, 2015. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said at a discussion on infrastructure investment and job creation on Thursday that government can accomplish more than individuals.

“Government permits us to do things together that none of us could do alone,” Warren said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace event in Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure is “a basic example” of why a federal government is necessary, she said.

“As I see it, investing, or failing to invest in infrastructure, is right at the heart of how we build a future in this country,” Warren said. “In fact, infrastructure is a basic example of why we have government at all.

“Government permits us to do things together that none of us could do alone,” she said. “No one can build a road in front of her house, hope that her neighbors will do the same and will somehow end up with an interstate transportation system.

“Instead, we create something more valuable by working together,” Warren said, “and the consequences of working together is that we help to create the conditions for our people to become more innovative, more competitive and more successful.”

Warren also praised the federal government for funding research, which she said has provided everything “from life-saving drugs, to the Internet, to GPS and a topnotch power grid that’s going to help us access clean energy without destroying this planet.

“Federally supported research creates jobs and helps make us competitive,” Warren said.