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Massachusetts Liberal

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Senator Fluffy

I'm not sure where Scott Brown has been looking -- or how he is counting -- but I suggest he needs to redo both activities in the face of his assertion that Congress has been obsessed with "fluff" and has only spent 12 days on job creation.

Heck, he's probably spent more days than that trying to protect the jobs of his friends on Wall Street. And we know he has spent many a day working hard to prevent the extension of unemployment benefits.

I'm curious what Brown considers "fluff." The stimulus package that prevented the loss of thousands of jobs? Or the propping up of GM and Chrysler so that thousands of additional jobs were not lost with the demise of an industry that once identified America?

Is health care reform, with the reality of the end of discrimination against preexisting conditions fluff? How about efforts to rein in health care costs so that people with jobs will be able to afford to get sick?

Is putting some controls on Wall Street -- albeit watered-down with Brown's tax gifts to the folks who caused the Great Recession -- also fluff?

Brown's proposals for creating jobs by cutting taxes for the rich are the same old, tired and unsuccessful ideas touted by Republicans during the years they controlled the White House and Congress. To assume they will work now is to believe that fairy dust exists and will make everything right.

Brown appears to be feeling the heat from the Tea Party, who longer swoons at his presence and a reinvigorated Massachusetts progressive community that has come to view his January win as an aberration after the elections two weeks ago.

And personally, I prefer my marshmallows in s'mores.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has to look tough for the new tea party crowd coming in in January.

November 16, 2010 12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious, at what point does unemployment become welfare? I've been on unemployment, and it should only last so long.

November 16, 2010 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the point when the job market improves enough for most people, who are trying to find a decent job, can do so. This would probably be defined by the unemployment rate.

November 16, 2010 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little anecdote for you. I work at a large multi-national. 2 years ago we started to downsize and gave buy-outs to 7 guys in my dept(2 worked for me). They were ages 57 - 62. The buyouts were one years pay, and they can collect unemployement. None of them want jobs, they are waiting for the unemployment to run out so they can start to collect their pensions, the older ones will also get their Social Security. I'm not sobbing for them, I'm jealous. I needed to be 2 years older so I'm hoping the gravy train comes my way. Unless they get kicked off at some point they'll collect forever.

November 16, 2010 12:43 PM  

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