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Massachusetts Liberal

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Gutless wonders

I expected the flip-flop on "don't ask, don't tell," but Scott Brown, how can you vote against health aid for 9-11 responders?

But there was our "moderate" junior senator, falling in line with his Republican colleagues to prevent action on a bill to help the heroes who rescued thousands when the Twin Towers fell. This came on the same day he dishonored a less than week-old pledge to support repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Republican "leadership" has shown its true colors this week -- siding with millionaires on tax cuts while rejecting as potential pork the provision of health aid for men and women who worked in the toxic environment of ground zero.

Let's remember these are the same people who oppose an Islamic cultural center a few blocks away as a sacrilege against hallowed ground.

Brown was typically mute about that straight party line vote, but his spokesman trotted out a feeble rationale for the procedural DADT vote, a decision that one ups John Kerry because Brown was against it before he was for it before he was against it. Again.

Republicans insist nothing can happen in the Senate until there is a vote on the millionaires' tax break and Brown will flip-flip again once that happens. Assuming of course the bill can be revived from the legislative limbo to which they consigned it.

Equally appalling is the GOP complaint that they would have allowed a vote on DADT if only Democratic intransigence over a lengthy debate. This from the party that is holding up all business until it gets what it wants.

To borrow Joseph Welch's statement to Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy 56 years ago:
Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

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