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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Heckuva job Brownie

More than 9,000 Massachusetts unemployed residents will be scrapping to get by while Senate Republicans hold their unemployment benefits hostage to their political agenda. And their "district time."

I wonder how many of them voted for Scott Brown based on his promises to help put people back to work.

Yep, ol' 41, who promised to blaze an independent trail in Washington, was right there with Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma conservative, in declaring that the GOP's fight to balance the federal budget should begin with finding a way to pay for the $10 billion it will take pay for the benefits to more than 200,000 Americans.

How about not buying one or two jet fighters that are of no value in fighting against the Taliban? Or at least kicking in some of the tab the RNC ran up at Voyeurs in LA?

Brown, as usual when he parrots the party line, preferred to offer comments through a spokesman:
“Senator Brown believes it is important for colleagues on both sides of the political aisle to work together next week to come up with a fiscally responsible way to extend unemployment benefits without adding to the national debt."
Funny but the GOP certainly didn't feel that way when they passed billions in tax cuts and extended Medicare prescription benefits without having the cash to pay for them. If Brown wanted to help change the tone in DC, this is a strange way to go about it.

Brown's colleague, John Kerry, used the velvet glove approach in chiding his counterpart:
“This has nothing to do with liberal or conservative. This is common sense. We’re talking about people who have been working their whole lives until the economy hit the skids.’’
Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Tea Party's favorite target, was far more direct:
"What in the world do they have against the working class families in this country in demanding the budget be balanced on their backs?’
What in the world indeed Scott. How about giving up your salary until the budget is balanced?

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