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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Scott Brown's cynical game

Scott Brown was elected to the United States Senate on the strength of a backlash from people tired of the cynical politics that passes for routine down there. He claimed he was going to be the champion of the little guy, the average voter.

I guess being unemployed doesn't qualify you for average.

Yep, our junior senator, who has fought hard for the jobs of bankers and financiers at Mass Mutual and Fidelity, has joined his Republican colleagues in a filibuster that is using the long-term unemployed as pawns in a cynical campaign against a deficit the GOP created through credit card wars and tax cuts for the rich.

Talk is obviously cheap:

“We need to stop the deficit spending and start offsetting the cost of worthy programs by cutting wasteful spending in other places,’’ Brown said in a statement. “This requires elected leaders to make hard choices, but our country’s economic stability requires that we get our fiscal house in order.’’

So let's see: allowing financial services companies to run hedge funds: good. Helping people stay on their feet while searching for a job to replace the one lost by financial service company and hedge fund greed: bad.

Here's a suggestion Senator Brown: make some hard choices in your own life. Give up your own salary, your own health care benefits and even your fabled truck. Try to live on good stamps and make a COBRA payment, praying you won't get sick.

Then you will be free to talk about looking after the average voter. Until then you're just one more cynical Republican politician whose words don't match his deeds., protecting his contributors while trying to balance the budget on the backs of the little guy who's been victimized by those contributors.

Put your own money where your mouth is Senator.

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Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

1982, Reagan has been in office 1 year and unemployment is 9.7% and federal debt is $1.1 trillion.

1989, unemployment is 5.3% and federal debt is 2.9 trillion.

Reagan spent and it got people back to work.

June 23, 2010 6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto for every member of Congress, haven't seen anyone in Washington offering that. Most are millionaires (ex Kerry). Maybe we could make greed be a term limiter, you're only paid for your first two terms, then collect 0 salary if re-elected.

June 23, 2010 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

We need to stop our jobs from going overseas. We need manufacturing to return to America. Instead we have companies sending jobs overseas for high profits for Wall St. There is nothing wrong with making a profit, but when it comes at the cost of American jobs something has to eventually give.

We should cut or spending, but we should have a close look at our tax policies. And if we are going to cut programs, maybe we should stop trying to be an empire.

June 23, 2010 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ross Perot was right about NAFTA. It started us on this slide down.

June 23, 2010 12:12 PM  

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