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Elect Scott Brown, Magician

01.19.10

To find out what issues on which the people of Massachusetts elected Scott Brown (R), I turned to the senator-elect’s own website, hoping that it could shed some light on just how he’s going to run Washington better since he’s a Republican and here to solve some challenges that the Democrats are incapable of doing.  Let’s take a run through these issues and how he’s planning to solve them.

First off, his main reason for running, we learn, is to help get our economy moving again.  His strategy: “I want to ensure that we leave them [our children and grandchildren] an America that is financially stronger and independent: minus a national debt that we can never repay.”  A noble idea, for sure, to want a better life for the next generation but hardly a solid plan to turn around the economy in the very near future, which is exactly what the American people want and probably a big reason why voters in Massachusetts elected Brown: Dems are in control and unemployment is still over 10%.

Health care: He believes that all Americans deserve health care, but he’s not going to do anything to help all Americans receive health care.  He states that he will oppose the current health care bill that is stalled in Congress because it “raises taxes,” but that he supports policies that “will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase affordable insurance.”  Perhaps Brown could let us know what those policies are that will drive down costs – it’s a nice campaign promise but, based on every other GOP senator and congressperson, there are no policies out there that he speaks of.  Nevermind the fact that he now governs in a state that provides health care to its citizens – courtesy of former governor Mitt Romney – yet refuses to provide anything remotely equal to the rest of America.

Economy: Brown says it all pretty clearly right here: “I am a free enterprise advocate who believes that lower taxes can encourage economic growth. Raising taxes stifles growth, weakens the economy and puts more people out of work.”  Well, Obama’s stimulus plan included a gigantic tax cut – bigger than Bush’s in the first two years of the bill – but the economy hasn’t exactly turned around.  Perhaps he’s of the belief that tax cuts only work when the GOP does them. I guess that just means that Obama didn’t cut enough taxes then, but then why was the GOP screaming that the stimulus plan was far too huge?  Maybe Brown has it all figured out, but it sure seems like all he’s got for us is smoke and mirrors. Let’s keep looking at what he has in store for us.

Energy and Environment: “I support reasonable and appropriate development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and improved hydroelectric facilities. I oppose a national cap-and-trade program because of the higher costs that families and businesses would incur.”  No clue what “reasonable and appropriate” means.  Perhaps cap-and-trade isn’t the best option, but what is an alternative?  Let’s push a better idea if cap-and-trade is awful.  The alternative cannot be just doing nothing.  Although, it sure looks like that’s what Brown advocates, along with the rest of the GOP on just about every big issue.

Immigration: Well, Brown sure doesn’t win back any of those Hispanic votes that went to Obama in the last presidential election with his unique ideas in this category: “I oppose amnesty, and I believe we ought to strengthen our border enforcement and institute an employment verification system with penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants.”  Opposing amnesty is a camouflaged way of saying, “I think we should send them all back to Mexico.”  Of course, he doesn’t mention just how unbelievably expensive – culturally, politically, and fiscally – that endeavor would cost.  And “strengthen our border enforcement” means exactly what it sounds like: let’s build a huge wall!  Pathetic and monumentally stupid.  Not to mention extremely expensive.  Not exactly helping the debt any for our grandchildren, Brown.

Marriage: Nothing new here, just the same old discrimination disguised as age-old definition: he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman only.  Of course, his state does provide marriage equality so yet again Brown governs in a state whose laws run contrary to his own beliefs and stances on policy issues.

There are plenty more issues that Brown tackles on his site and if you want a boilerplate for where the GOP currently stands, look no further.  He’s all for guns and the death penalty and against gay marriage.  Shocking.  He does actually say that he believes in a woman’s choice, but favors strong regulation and opposes partial birth abortion – a moderate tone in an otherwise pretty straightforward GOP game plan.  He’s definitely not the worst person to elect into office; he’s just what you’d expect from a GOP candidate right now, which means that the Republican Party really offers only illusion and misdirection and providing alternatives with real-world values no more than those of magic potions.

Scott Brown, Magician: the 41st Republican vote in the Senate.

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