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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Putting Massachusetts first

In the end, Scott Brown chose multinational corporations over Massachusetts school teachers.

As he has before in favoring regulating hedge funds over consumers and corporations over the long-term unemployed, Brown voted against ending a debate in the Senate that will now clear the way for Massachusetts to receive $655 million in federal aid for Medicaid and education.

The Man of the People was upset the bill will save thousands of Massachusetts jobs raises money by taxing some multinational corporations:
“We can pay for that by not increasing taxes in the middle of a two-year recession.’’
Apparently by laying off 2,400 teachers.

The vote is at one with his rejection of $19 billion in taxes on banks and hedge funds -- tied to the level of risk they take -- to pay for a law that will attempt to put an end to the excesses of the financial sector that triggered the recession at the end of the Bush administration.

And it is of a piece with his joining forces with the Republican minority that believes the long-term unemployed are using benefits to buy drugs.

Much has been made of the fact Brown drives a pick-up truck while John Kerry berths a $7 million yacht in Rhode Island. But when it comes to really understanding what is happening to the average working man and woman, Kerry clearly has a better view than Brown, who is a captive to the banks and a party whose philosophy is to put those men and women last.

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Anonymous Michael said...

You mean the truck that he bought because it would accommodate his daughter's equestrian gear?

August 05, 2010 2:34 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Excellent point. I need to remember that!

August 05, 2010 4:18 PM  

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