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Scott Brown's Shrewd Vote
American Spectator ^ | 2/25/10 | Andrew Cline

Posted on 02/25/2010 5:03:48 AM PST by rhema

. . . He also kept two important campaign promises: 1) that he will be independent of his party, and 2) that he would vote for legislation to create jobs. Now, policy wonks know that this jobs bill is ill-suited to job creation and better alternatives exist. But listen to Brown's explanation: "I supported this measure because it does contain some tax relief that will help Massachusetts businesses put people back to work."

Brown has signaled to his constituents that he voted for tax cuts, just as he promised in the campaign. He is from Massachusetts. That's huge.

He also said that if the bill comes back from the House "full of pork, waste, fraud and abuse, I reserve the right to vote against it." That's also important. The House version of the bill is 10 times larger -- $154 billion vs. $15 billion -- than the Senate bill. With his post-vote statement, Brown positioned himself to vote against the final bill on the grounds that it is too large and wasteful. Outstanding.

With one vote, the holder of Ted Kennedy's old seat just established himself as a supporter of tax cuts and an opponent of wasteful, bloated federal spending. . . .That was not traitorous; that was brilliant.

Scott Brown is a Republican. From Massachusetts. If conservatives want him to be able to stay in Washington so he can vote against Obamacare and other boondoggles, then they shouldn't criticize him for voting like a Republican from Massachusetts. The movement for limited government is strengthened by Brown holding that seat. To keep it, he has to vote for some things conservatives find distasteful. As long as he's voting for small distasteful things so he can stick around to vote against the big ones, that's a win for the movement.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: fauxrepublican; jobsbill; rino; rino4obama; scottbrown

1 posted on 02/25/2010 5:03:48 AM PST by rhema
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To: rhema
He also said that if the bill comes back from the House "full of pork, waste, fraud and abuse, I reserve the right to vote against it."

At that point, would he then be able to say "I voted for it, before I voted against it."?

2 posted on 02/25/2010 5:07:13 AM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: rhema

Good article and what I’ve been trying to say for a while. Theres a big difference between Scott Brown and Dede Scozzafava.


3 posted on 02/25/2010 5:14:04 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: rjsimmon
At that point, would he then be able to say "I voted for it, before I voted against it."?

But he hasn't voted "for it" as much as he voted to allow a vote ON it.

4 posted on 02/25/2010 5:17:10 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

I didn’t like Brown’s vote on the jobs bill; nonetheless, I am glad to have a Mass. senator who will vote WITH us 80 percent of the time rather than Ted Kennedy’s or Martha Coakley’s votes AGAINST us 100 percent of the time.


5 posted on 02/25/2010 5:17:14 AM PST by laconic
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To: rhema

Good article,thanks.


6 posted on 02/25/2010 5:20:44 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: 101voodoo
But he hasn't voted "for it" as much as he voted to allow a vote ON it.

He also voted for passage of the bill.

7 posted on 02/25/2010 5:25:21 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: rhema

This is a $15 billion jobs bill?

This year the largest spending bill in the history of mankind was passed allegedly to stimulate the economy. The last estimate cost of this bill, $867 billion. Since almost half of this borrowed money has not been spent, how do they justify needing an additional $15 billion jobs bill?


8 posted on 02/25/2010 5:29:28 AM PST by reaganator
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To: Fresh Wind

Sure but that isn’t the vote which brought the heat on him. In the end 77 Senators incl 13 Rep voted for the bill. Scott Brown voted as he campaigned and any way you slice it he is light years better then any MA Democrat that may have been elected. If anyone here expects a Reagan type Conservative has a chance to be elected in MA at this time, then I have some great ocean front property in Nebraska I can sell them, cheap.


9 posted on 02/25/2010 5:29:57 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: rhema

We should all know that Scott Brown is no Reagan. I’ll still take him in that seat over Teddy or Martha Coakley.


10 posted on 02/25/2010 5:40:13 AM PST by CASchack
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To: 101voodoo

Define Reagan Conservative:

A believer of the founding American principles, free market Capitalism, a limited role of government and lower taxes?

Yeah, why would we expect the people of Massachusetts to want a Senator like that even though they are one of the United States of America!

Enough RINOS, no matter where they are from.


11 posted on 02/25/2010 5:44:55 AM PST by reaganator
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To: rhema

Where are all the Democrats who pledge to be “independent” of THEIR party? Or to “reach across the aisle?”

Actually, we’ll have to hope there are a number of “independent” Dems in the House, who stand firm against the health monstrosity.

Time will tell.


12 posted on 02/25/2010 5:46:23 AM PST by cvq3842 (A fool and his liberty are soon parted.)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
Yep, congratulations. Same point I publicly made as well. It was a shrewd vote, very smart. Scott Brown is a lot better than fat-Teddy. The fact that many here refuse to see this quantum-leap change is disappointing. I do not want Scott Brown to make it easy for Democrats to paint him as Newt Gingrich's evil spawn in the next election. And if you don't think Democrats will go after Brown with a vengeance, you are too naive to post here.
13 posted on 02/25/2010 5:47:09 AM PST by Obadiah (Democrats and their life partners, the MSM)
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To: 101voodoo
any way you slice it he is light years better then any MA Democrat that may have been elected

I couldn't agree more. But I need to see him keep his promise to vote against the mini-Porkulus that the house is pushing.

14 posted on 02/25/2010 5:47:43 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: laconic
I didn’t like Brown’s vote on the jobs bill; nonetheless, I am glad to have a Mass. senator who will vote WITH us 80 percent of the time rather than Ted Kennedy’s or Martha Coakley’s votes AGAINST us 100 percent of the time.

80%?

Maybe more like 8%.

Maybe that was a typo on your part.

15 posted on 02/25/2010 5:53:11 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: reaganator

Perhaps you are missing my point. Currently in MA there is a ZERO chance of electing anyone remotely like a Reagan Conservative. Accepting that, we have the choice of having a Kennedy liberal type or a Scott Brown conservative light who will at least show some sense of fiscal responsibility as he has done with the health care promise (assuming he keeps it). So far he has not violated any of his campaign promises.

I don’t know about you but the choice is quite clear to me.


16 posted on 02/25/2010 5:57:23 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: rhema

Nobody expected him to be a true Conservative, they expect him to stop DeathCare and Cap & Tax. He is a major improvement over Drunk Uncle Ted and if we can take over the Sinate can move more our way. Its Taxachusettes after all.

Pray for America’s Freedom


17 posted on 02/25/2010 5:58:46 AM PST by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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To: 101voodoo

I agree with you........but we must be very careful this coming year....the agents are everywhere Mr. Anderson...


18 posted on 02/25/2010 6:02:39 AM PST by joe fonebone (CPAC.....Commies Playing At Conservatism)
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To: Obadiah

Also the ‘Pubbies can now point out that a prominent Senator (and four other ‘Pubbies as well) WAS willing to cross the aisle in a bi-partisan effort.

Makes ‘em able to deflect a LOT of democrap attacks.


19 posted on 02/25/2010 6:11:16 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: rhema

“He also said that if the bill comes back from the House “full of pork, waste, fraud and abuse, I reserve the right to vote against it.” That’s also important. The House version of the bill is 10 times larger — $154 billion vs. $15 billion — than the Senate bill. With his post-vote statement, Brown positioned himself to vote against the final bill on the grounds that it is too large and wasteful. Outstanding.

With one vote, the holder of Ted Kennedy’s old seat just established himself as a supporter of tax cuts and an opponent of wasteful, bloated federal spending. . . .That was not traitorous; that was brilliant. “

Thats my boy,Scott Brown.Playing chess while the purist whinos are playing checkers.
Scott Brown been playing this game for 16 years as a republican legistlature in a state where 85% opposition is the game and every newspaper is a minny NY Times.He’s never lost an elecetion and been reelected by higher pct. everytime.This man skills are well honed,he knows how to handle national media without looking like an amateur.And knows how to leverage his opponents weight against them.He’ll end up looking smarter and stronger when this plays out.He won’t look like a rubber stamp, which will play very well nationaly and with independents much to the Whinos dismay.


20 posted on 02/25/2010 6:13:29 AM PST by TShaunK
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To: rhema

He’s still better than Druncle Ted even with this vote.


21 posted on 02/25/2010 6:16:13 AM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 awaits...)
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To: Obadiah
A shrewd vote my a**. He didn't vote to create jobs, he voted for another "stimulus" bill, only with smaller numbers attached to it. There has been a bill, 897 billion dollars worth, passed which was supposed to create jobs. Now they are trying to pass another one, worth 15 billion, to do the same thing the first one, with many times more funding, was supposed to do? How shrewd is that? It isn't. It is just BS thrown out by a RINO who, although better than Dede, is still not a conservative and not really for the people. Another guy trying to hold onto power by voting for something he thinks makes him look good.

Same ol', same ol'.

22 posted on 02/25/2010 7:00:20 AM PST by calex59
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To: rhema

RINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINORINO

*deep breath*

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/hysterical zero tolerance mode


23 posted on 02/25/2010 7:04:39 AM PST by dbwz (DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC)
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To: reaganator
Enough RINOS, no matter where they are from - Agreed!
24 posted on 02/25/2010 8:27:08 AM PST by Free_at_last_-2001 (A country can survive its fools, but it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: calex59


http://daletoons.blogspot.com/2010/02/steam-me-up-scotty.html
25 posted on 03/01/2010 5:46:07 PM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy; Mrs. Don-o; Salvation

Take a look at this cartoon ping ...


26 posted on 03/01/2010 5:49:51 PM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

Unbelievable!

Scott Brown is going to flip-flop on pro-life issues. Watch him vote for deathcare/obamacare.

Yuck!


27 posted on 03/01/2010 10:45:11 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: rhema; All

Just a reminder, no matter how you feel about how Scott Brown voted, you do not get to vote (for him or against him) unless you live in Massachusetts.


28 posted on 03/01/2010 11:01:45 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Salvation
Unbelievable! Scott Brown is going to flip-flop on pro-life issues. Watch him vote for deathcare/obamacare. Yuck!

It wouldn't surprise me in the least! People are so easily fooled (by Satan, that is).
29 posted on 03/01/2010 11:11:44 PM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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