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Scott Brown's Remarks Following His Swearing-In (Conservatism Alert)
National Review ^ | 2/04/2010 | Scott Brown

Posted on 02/04/2010 2:54:30 PM PST by goldstategop

t's a great honor to stand before you as the new United States Senator from Massachusetts.

I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to many people, starting with my wife Gail, to Vice President Biden, to Senators Kerry and Kirk, to Leader McConnell, and to so many other people who have been generous with their time and their advice.

I especially want to thank the people of Massachusetts who sent me here. I can't promise I'll be right in every vote I make. I'm sure I'll make mistakes from time to time. But I will try to give them my level best every day.

My daughters Ayla and Arianna could not be here, but I felt their presence. The bibles I used for today's swearing-in belong to my daughters, and I stacked them one on top of the other and took my oath on them. So they were both with me in spirit.

People have asked me why I wanted to get sworn-in so quickly after the results had been certified. It's because I want to get to work.

There are a lot of votes pending that I would like to participate in.

Even more importantly, these are urgent times for our nation. The President this week submitted a $3.8 trillion budget. We'll have to borrow 40% of that amount because we don't have the money to pay for all that spending. I'm concerned we're living beyond our means. Also this week, the CIA director said there will be another al-Qaeda attack in the US in the next 3 to 6 months. This is frightening news, and we owe the people of America everything we can do to deter and prevent future attacks on our nation.

So I'm glad to be fully able to participate in the affairs our nation at this critical time.

I also want to extend my appreciation to all of you in the press. I see many familiar faces here and I want you to know how much I respect the work you do, and the patience and many kindnesses you have shown my family.

With that, I'll take a few questions.


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Money quote: this good man is no Ted Kennedy and here's why:

"Even more importantly, these are urgent times for our nation. The President this week submitted a $3.8 trillion budget. We'll have to borrow 40% of that amount because we don't have the money to pay for all that spending. I'm concerned we're living beyond our means. Also this week, the CIA director said there will be another al-Qaeda attack in the US in the next 3 to 6 months. This is frightening news, and we owe the people of America everything we can do to deter and prevent future attacks on our nation."

Its the conservatism, stupid!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

1 posted on 02/04/2010 2:54:30 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

Is he still in the NG? I’ll bet they try to deploy him.


2 posted on 02/04/2010 2:58:24 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: goldstategop

Does this mean Paul Kirk is going to stop voting on legislation now? Kirk cast a vote earlier today, hours after Gov Duval signed the election results.


3 posted on 02/04/2010 2:59:00 PM PST by magellan
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To: goldstategop
Its the conservatism, stupid!

He's pro-choice and supports universal healthcare. That's not conservatism, stupid.

4 posted on 02/04/2010 2:59:58 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: goldstategop
I also want to extend my appreciation to all of you in the press. I see many familiar faces here and I want you to know how much I respect the work you do, and the patience and many kindnesses you have shown my family.

Dishonest politician alert.

5 posted on 02/04/2010 3:00:04 PM PST by mikeus_maximus ("I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.")
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To: goldstategop

His brief press conference after, solidified he is a conservative. Democrats must be messing their pants.


6 posted on 02/04/2010 3:03:21 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE (Go Scott Brown. It is the People's Seat -- not Kennedy's Seat.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

He doesn’t support Obamacare. And he was right when he just said, the stimulus didn’t create ONE JOB.


7 posted on 02/04/2010 3:05:25 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE (Go Scott Brown. It is the People's Seat -- not Kennedy's Seat.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
He supports health care with choice, and the use of Health Savings Accounts, not one with the feds in charge.

In case you didn't know his position.

8 posted on 02/04/2010 3:07:42 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Exactly. Anyone who supports socialized health care and is Pro-Murder is not conservative.


9 posted on 02/04/2010 3:08:23 PM PST by kingpins10
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To: Stars&StripesNE
He doesn’t support Obamacare.

Right. So he's "conservative in comparison." That's a fallacy. And it's apparently a very effective one.

Google "incrementalism," "fabian socialism."

Nothing new under the sun.

10 posted on 02/04/2010 3:10:51 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: goldstategop

As with all politicians talk is cheap. We will be watching his votes. Don’t disappoint us Sen. Brown.


11 posted on 02/04/2010 3:11:03 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: the invisib1e hand
supports universal healthcare

Where did you find that?

12 posted on 02/04/2010 3:11:25 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: kingpins10
He's the anti-Uncle Ted. Uncle Ted supported government-run health care and opposed the water-boarding of terrorists. That legacy is now gone!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

13 posted on 02/04/2010 3:12:02 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: lonestar
you're gonna have to do your own homework, champ. I've posted it myself twice; I imagine it's been posted several more times.

The problem with the "information age" is that, if you're not pro-active and skeptical, you're gonna get...well, "bamboozled."

14 posted on 02/04/2010 3:12:56 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: goldstategop
He's the anti-Uncle Ted.

No, he's Ted's sober and more vaccuous nephew.

15 posted on 02/04/2010 3:13:36 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: the invisib1e hand
He's pro-choice and supports universal healthcare. That's not conservatism

I'm with you 100%. But given the choice between a pro-abortion, pro-spending Dem and a pro-abortion, anti-spending Republican, I'll take the Republican, especially in Massachusetts.

Senate appointments are for life here in MA, so for the next 20 or 30 years, the MA state delegation will be 50-50 D&R. That's a minor miracle.

16 posted on 02/04/2010 3:14:25 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
I'll take the Republican

What gain is this?

This man is the catalyst for univeral healthcare nationwide, simply because everyone thinks he's "not for obamacare." He is THE Trojan Horse of compromise.

Thank you all for falling for it.

17 posted on 02/04/2010 3:16:22 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: magellan
Does this mean Paul Kirk is going to stop voting on legislation now? Kirk cast a vote earlier today, hours after Gov Duval signed the election results.

Kirk is 'Rat hack, if Marcia Croakley had won the election last month on the 19th, Kirk would have been heading back to Massachusetts on the afternoon of the 20th, following Croakley's IMMEDIATE swearing in.

Fortunately, things didn't work out that way.
18 posted on 02/04/2010 3:16:30 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: the invisib1e hand
He's against the Niagara of federal spending and for a stronger offensive against terrorists. I hope he can stop what Obama is doing to America's future.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

19 posted on 02/04/2010 3:16:32 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: the invisib1e hand

It sure is reassuring to have you here to keep us ignorant slobs in line.


20 posted on 02/04/2010 3:17:55 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: goldstategop
I hope he can stop what Obama is doing to America's future.

This is the way obamanites talked about him during his campaign; substitute "bush" for "obama."

You'll be just as disappointed.

21 posted on 02/04/2010 3:18:01 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: mkjessup
It sure is reassuring to have you here to keep us ignorant slobs in line.

I guess this is your best effort at a refutation?

22 posted on 02/04/2010 3:18:31 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Well compared to what we had yesterday, I would say conservatives have their work cut out for them.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

23 posted on 02/04/2010 3:19:14 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I’m prepared to wait and see how he votes before I start knocking him. If he helps block some of Obama’s lousy nominations, that’ll be a good start.


24 posted on 02/04/2010 3:19:48 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: the invisib1e hand; lonestar

Not much of an answer.


25 posted on 02/04/2010 3:20:10 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky
Not much of an answer.

Nope, you're right. 'Cause it's the liberals that whine if they aren't spoonfed, not the conservatives.

Thanks for chiming in.

26 posted on 02/04/2010 3:21:30 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: goldstategop

I suspect he is what I think of as a ‘Abused Wife Republican’. The Democrats and other leftist and hacks, like drunk husbands make a royal mess, expand the size and reach of government, and ‘Abused Wife Republicans’ comes in and tidy the joint up, but, basically leave most of all the metastasizing growth intact, and call it a great victory.


27 posted on 02/04/2010 3:23:15 PM PST by Leisler (We are in the best of hands)
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To: Stars&StripesNE
There are people here on FR that you will never satisfy or never convince.
28 posted on 02/04/2010 3:24:26 PM PST by Perdogg ("Is that a bomb in your pants, or are you excited to come to America?")
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To: goldstategop

He’s from Massachusetts! Don’t expect a Reagan but hope for something better than a Kennedy.


29 posted on 02/04/2010 3:25:08 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: the invisib1e hand

He supported universal health care for Massachusetts, not for the country. At least going state by state one can see what works and what not. The experience in Massachusetts shows that it raises rather than lowers costs.


30 posted on 02/04/2010 3:25:35 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: RobbyS

Agree.


31 posted on 02/04/2010 3:26:47 PM PST by Perdogg ("Is that a bomb in your pants, or are you excited to come to America?")
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To: goldstategop
Message for Brown:

Don't F this up. I mean it. Really.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

32 posted on 02/04/2010 3:31:23 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: the invisib1e hand; All
This man is the catalyst for univeral healthcare nationwide, simply because everyone thinks he's "not for obamacare." He is THE Trojan Horse of compromise. Thank you all for falling for it.

If things work out like they should, and dumbass republicans refuse to elect moderates and rinos next election, then Brown will just take a back seat and either follow conservatives or sit in the shadows!

Brown probably is a rino, and somebody has to put their foot down and say NO MORE!

33 posted on 02/04/2010 3:36:15 PM PST by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: goldstategop

“The bibles I used for today’s swearing-in belong to my daughters...”

Nice touch.


34 posted on 02/04/2010 3:38:13 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: the invisib1e hand

As a general rule, it’s the liberals who make claims they can’t support.


35 posted on 02/04/2010 3:43:04 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: goldstategop
People have asked me why I wanted to get sworn-in so quickly after the results had been certified. It's because I want to get to work pull the plug on Kirk's voting ASAP.
36 posted on 02/04/2010 3:43:21 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Always Independent

He’s got 30 years in. Can retire.


37 posted on 02/04/2010 3:43:30 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Perdogg

You know, if he is “pro-choice” he could use the states’ rights rationale to vote to override Roe v. Wade/against the birth on partial abortion bad. The irony of Roe. V. Wade is that the pro-aborts were winning, state by state, back in 1973. If they had been patient, all but a handful of states would have legalized abortions by 1980 or 1990. Overturning it would send the matter back to the states with much the same result.


38 posted on 02/04/2010 3:43:31 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: magellan

I wonder how Paul Kirk liked being Reid’s toilet brush.


39 posted on 02/04/2010 3:44:17 PM PST by pabianice
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To: the invisib1e hand

“What gain is this?”

The gain is the fillibuster proof majority is gone. The gain is that it was probably the death-knell for 0bamacare. Every new GOP seat in the Senate is one step closer to the majority. If McConnell is the majority leader, 0bamacare, cap and tax, card-check, probably never even make it to the floor for a vote.


40 posted on 02/04/2010 3:47:47 PM PST by Lou Budvis (She never bankrupted Alaska or bowed to royalty.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
You seem to have information unavailable to others.

Again, where did you get the information that Brown supports universal healthcare?....or does that refer to MA health coverage?

If so, your comment is misleading in that universal healthcare refers to ObamaCare and I don't think Brown favors that...nor do 78% of those who voted for him.

So, do you have information that Brown supports ObamaCare? If not, it's the old apples to oranges thingy.

41 posted on 02/04/2010 3:49:15 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: the invisib1e hand
you're gonna have to do your own homework, champ. I've posted it myself twice; I imagine it's been posted several more times. The problem with the "information age" is that, if you're not pro-active and skeptical, you're gonna get...well, "bamboozled."
Actually the problem with the "information age" are the dimwits that think just because they posted something and then "imagine it's been posted several more times" makes it a fact.
42 posted on 02/04/2010 3:50:22 PM PST by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: the invisib1e hand
It sure is reassuring to have you here to keep us ignorant slobs in line.
I guess this is your best effort at a refutation?


In your case, yes.

Tell us you would have voted for Croakley if you had been living in Massachusetts instead of New York State with that superior attitude of yours.
43 posted on 02/04/2010 3:51:57 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: pabianice
I wonder how Paul Kirk liked being Reid’s toilet brush.

LOL, he must have loved it, he didn't want to leave until he was forced to!
44 posted on 02/04/2010 3:53:29 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: the invisib1e hand

Health savings accounts are not “universal healthcare.”


45 posted on 02/04/2010 4:04:10 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: editor-surveyor
Health savings accounts are not “universal healthcare.”

As has been pointed out extensively, he is on record as in favor of "healthcare for everyone" and denial ain't gonna make him unsay it.

46 posted on 02/04/2010 4:14:09 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: editor-surveyor
He did mention being concerned about the deficit. This is not something the country can sustain. Its up to the Democrats to change course. They won't.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

47 posted on 02/04/2010 4:14:17 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: the invisib1e hand

You are the poster boy for shunning.


48 posted on 02/04/2010 4:29:38 PM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: goldstategop
Rather see her being sworn in?


49 posted on 02/04/2010 4:43:05 PM PST by shiva
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To: tflabo

” We will be watching his votes. Don’t disappoint us Sen. Brown.”

You’re getting to the nut of the matter. Anyone who holds McCain as his guiding light bears watching; but, I do hope he turns out well and doesn’t disappoint.


50 posted on 02/04/2010 4:44:34 PM PST by izzatzo
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