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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Scrooge wears a barn coat

Charles Dickens could not have scripted a better story if he had tried -- Christmas tax cuts for millionaires, coal for the long-term unemployed.

And Ebenezer Scrooge wearing a barn coat.

Scott Brown joined fellow Republicans in blocking a Democratic effort to extend benefits for approximately 60,000 Massachusetts residents who will have run out of their 99-week allotment.

Brown is pushing to take cash from funds allocated but not spent by federal agencies. He bloviated:
"Are we going to do it from the bank account, or are we going to put it on the credit card?’’ Brown said on the Senate floor last night. He added, “I’ll use the bank account. Let’s use money that’s already in the system and put it to good use immediately."
All well and good, if he didn't plan to use the credit card by standing firm with extending the Bush tax cuts, including the $700 billion deficit creator that is extending the cut for those earning more than $250,000 annually.

His colleague John Kerry, among those who would benefit from the millionaire's tax cut, sees things differently.
“It’s inexcusable to kill unemployment benefits for people who have been working their whole lives until the economy hit the skids.
Merry Christmas Sen. Brown. Glad to see you remember the people who supported you last winter. Oh yeah, they were out-of-staters with fat check books who don't need unemployment benefits.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't pick on Senator Brown. He gave up his Thanksgiving to serve meals to the less fortunate. I know because I saw him smiling on TV while doing it, or was that just satisfaction at the good press?

December 01, 2010 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple solution, have means testing for collecting unemployment. I personally know 10 people waiting for their unemployment to run out so they can start to collect their pension and/or social security. They don't want jobs, wouldn't take one if offered and are milking the system. We need to clean them out of the "unemployed rolls" so the real needy can be addressed. If you have a pension waiting, +500K in your 401K you lose your unemployment after 1/2 year, like it was designed to happen.

December 01, 2010 8:44 AM  
Anonymous HesterPrynne said...

I recall the days before Senator Brown put on the barn coat, like when he supported state spending on local projects, telling the Globe (on June 22, 2006):

"I'll do whatever I can to bring any money to my district," said state Senator Scott Brown, a Wrentham Republican.

Jacob Marley's waiting for you, Scott.

December 01, 2010 1:32 PM  

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