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Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's a matter of trust(s)

There he goes again. The junior senator from Massachusetts who campaigned upon being honest and direct and ready to work for the best interests of all Massachusetts is um, revising and extending his remarks.

Brown's been caught in a broken promise -- this one to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he would vote with Democrats to move along the Senate financial reform bill. I'll let the Herald's Jay Fitzgerald spell it out:
Sen. Scott Brown yesterday opposed allowing a final vote on a massive financial-reform bill, saying he’s determined to kill a provision that he said could harm Massachusetts insurance companies.
Let that sink in. Brown, the man of the people. is worried that the bill would harm Massachusetts insurance companies who create bank trusts to invest income from premiums you and I pay.

This is not the first time on this legislation that Brown has opted for the MassMutuals and the Liberty Mutuals over the need to regulate a financial industry than ran amok and triggered the Great Recession that has left thousands without jobs and crippled the housing market.

In case Sen. Brown hasn't noticed, voters are upset about politicians who make promises they don't keep. Does he think a promise to a senator from the other party is somehow different than one made to a voter?
“A senator broke his word with me,” Reid said, though he declined to identify the culprit.
Maybe Reid didn't see Brown cross his fingers behind his back when we gave him his word?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about Cantwell from Wash. and Feingold from Wis, didn't their turnaround count?

May 20, 2010 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did they make promises to the Majority Leader like Brown allegedly had? Brown has tried to create a persona of thinking and acting independently of party identity. You would hope that he would be a man of his word somewhat longer than a few months. I guess not.

May 20, 2010 3:42 PM  
Blogger acf said...

I just read that Brown has now voted with the majority to move the bill along. I don't know details, yet.

May 20, 2010 4:08 PM  
Blogger I'm Just Musing said...

I would rather have a Senator who thinks things out and changes his mind if he believes it is in the best interest of the state than one who blindly follows the party line, whether it's a Republican or a Democrat.

May 20, 2010 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feather in Brown's cap. But the left won't give him any credit.

May 21, 2010 4:49 AM  

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