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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Crocodile tears

Our media hungry junior senator appears to be having a hissy fit:
“Why is it that I’m always the one that has to vote with the Democrats? Bipartisanship is a two-way street, you know? Why can’t they also work together to pay for these things within the budget, within the monies that we already have? Why is it that we always have to add to the deficit?’’
But Scott Brown's self-pity is unmasked a few paragraphs later when the Globe's Matt Viser comes up with the killer quote explaining why Brown's "compromise" unemployment benefits bill is going nowhere.
“There’s no Republican plan at this moment that I’m aware of,’’ Senate minority whip Jon Kyl, said this week.
While Kyl's comment could apply to virtually every piece of legislation that has come before the Senate in the past two years, it's especially noteworthy in the case of Brown's cosmetic proposal to cover up his consistent effort to side with GOP "leaders" in using the long-term unemployed as a pawn in the GOP's "Just Say No to Barack" effort.

A closer look at Brown's "plan" explains why it has nothing for no one and has failed to pick up any sponsor -- Democrat or Republican.

For Democrats, the problems include the fact it cuts off stimulus money, targets food stamp and earned income tax credit recipients and imposes a tax on workers who want to convert 401 (k) retirement accounts to Roth IRAs. This of course from the man who opposed $19 billion in taxes on high-risk banking maneuvers.

On the Republican side, the reason is even simpler. It would represent any effort to engage, to legislate. That would do serious damage to the GOP strategy of giving no ground and win back Congress by being obstructionist.

Obama called out the GOP
on using the unemployed as pawns in their cynical game in his weekly address today.

If Brown were truly serious about compromise, he should start by talking to his own "leaders" instead of whining about how Democrats won't sign onto his cynical "solution."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A MA Democrat accusing Republicans of "whining". Now THAT'S funny!

July 18, 2010 1:03 PM  

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