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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Senator Symbol

Scott Brown excels at symbols: a pickup truck and a barn coat created an image that helped him capture "the people's seat." But his latest "symbolic" gesture could be a game changer.

Brown voted in lockstep with his Republican colleagues in support of the PR ploy known as "cut, cap and balance" that the GOP is offering in place of a real, balanced solution to a contrived crisis of their own making.

The Bay State's junior senator was his usual vanishing presence. He would no doubt insist all he voted to do was allow debate on the measure that was dead on arrival in the Senate because of its extremism in capping federal spending at levels never even countenanced by conservative icons like Ronald Reagan.

In other words, Brown wanted more words wasted in the seemingly endless political standoff that threatens the world economy -- and our retirement funds.

House Speaker John Boehner engaged in the same gamesmanship when he failed to talk common sense into the inmates now running his asylum.

Brown has tried to portray himself as an independent moderate, a free thinker who will do what is right for Massachusetts. How political posturing during a crisis falls into that category is something that demands explanation.

Given Brown's unwillingness to answer direct questions from voters -- never mind the media -- we can only assume that explanation will never be forthcoming.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What makes you think that Boehner is not of the same mind as the rest of his party? If he failed to talk common sense to the rest of the inmates to his asylum it could be because he is of the same sense as them.

July 23, 2011 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Brown's symbol is a pick-up truck, Kerry's is a yacht. When asked about proposed legislation ( Rep D Webster from Pembroke) to fix the excise tax problem in this state for boats, Kerry's press secretary Whitney Smith said "Thanks for checking in but no, we won't be doing an interview on hypotheticals. Senator Kerry paid all taxes, period"
Yah he paid a whopping $500.00 on his multi-million dollar yacht, but he couldn't even comment about whether he thinks that's fair?

July 25, 2011 8:20 AM  

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