Scott Brown On The Issues: No Answers To The Problems Facing America

by Ben Hoffman

The Senate race in Massachusetts is too close to call. The gut-instinct voters see Scott Brown as a likable, intelligent, articulate candidate, and their gut-instincts tell them to vote for him. Many of the so called “independents” who’s direction is determined by the prevailing winds are also leaning towards this so-called moderate.

Let’s look at Scott Brown on the issues. I’m taking these directly from his website http://brownforsenate.com/issues

Health Care

Scott Brown is against the insurance reform legislation under consideration in Congress and will vote against it. He says “It will raise taxes, increase government spending and lower the quality of care, especially for elders on Medicare.”

It’s true that the legislation will raise taxes and increase government spending. All government programs increase spending and rather than borrow the money, taxes need to be increased to pay for it. But is that such a bad thing. If we’re paying less for insurance but more in taxes, as long as the tax increase is less than the insurance savings, we’re ahead.

The last part of that statement is a lie. There’s nothing in the legislation that will lower the quality of care. He’s using scare tactics to try to win votes, which is a common tactic of the right-wing. Republicans want a scared populace. Their’s is the party of emotions, and overly emotional people are often irrational.

Scott Brown claims he “support(s) strengthening the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase affordable insurance.” He offers no ideas for how to accomplish that, though. Republicans have no real desire to reform health insurance to make it more affordable.

Economy

Brown says: “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. Our economy works best when individuals have more of their income to spend, and businesses have money to invest and add jobs.”

Scott should read the news once in a while. It was the free enterprise policies that brought down our economy. The repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in the 1999 allowed banks to become high-stakes gamblers. The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 allowed speculators to drive up the price of oil and food, which contributed to the destruction of our economy. Every time there is irresponsible deregulation, it is the American public that foots the bill. The same thing happened back in the 1980s with Reagan’s deregulation and the subsequent S&L scandal and bailout.

Scott repeats the same tired right-wing mantra that “lower taxes encourage economic growth.” That is only true if taxes are stifling the economy, which very seldom is the case. Bush was able to use the “war on terror” to push through his massive tax cuts, but they had little positive effect on the economy. On the contrary: they doubled the national debt. Clinton, on the other hand, raised taxes, and what followed was a huge economic boom. Reagan cut taxes, which did little to spur economic growth. We had a mini tech boom back in the 80s with the PC, VCR, and other technological advancements resulting in job creation here in the U.S. Remember the days when things were made here in America?

Energy and Environment

Brown says: “In order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Scott claims, “I support reasonable and appropriate development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and improved hydroelectric facilities.”

Reasonable and appropriate? How about a fast paced plan that will spur economic growth? Few people want nuclear power plants in their regions, and hydroelectric facilities often damage the environment. So on energy and the environment, Scott has no ideas.

Education

Brown says: “I am passionate about improving the quality of our public schools. Accountability and high standards are paramount. I support choice through charter schools, as well as the MCAS exam as a graduation requirement. I have worked to ensure that all children have access to a quality education. I am a strong advocate for the METCO program, which provides lower income students with broader educational opportunities.”

What about higher education? We need a highly skilled work force. That means college education. Colleges and universities have become too expensive for many young people and students are graduating 10s of thousands of dollars in debt. How about some ideas on how to reduce costs for higher education? An educated work force will bring jobs back to America that have been outsourced to countries like India.

Immigration

Brown says: “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.”

How about going after companies that hire illegal aliens?

And finally, Scott Brown on foreign policy. He claims, “I support the bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill and believe that until Ahmadinejad gives up his nuclear ambitions he should be isolated from the rest of the world.”

Ahmadinejad is not the head of Iran’s military. That would be the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In other words, Brown is clueless when it comes to foreign policy.

Like almost all Republicans, Scott Brown has no answers — only the same old ideology that has destroyed our economy. Vote for America. Vote Democrat.

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21 Comments to “Scott Brown On The Issues: No Answers To The Problems Facing America”

  1. Bullshit.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful input, Davis.

    • Amen davisoftheapes1. did you read Ben’s comment on the ‘economy’ part of his post? he feels free enterprise ruined the economy. what a joke. even Obama would laugh at that. Ben is one of the people that think the government should control everything;
      I think your comment fits perfectly here.

  2. “Ahmadinejad is not the head of Iran’s military. That would be the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.” That is incorrect. Ahmadinejab is the elected Iranian President in the structure of a Republic. He is the direct Commander in Chief of the Irainian Armed Forces per their Consitiution. Same as ours. Is Ali Khamenei the true unelected string puller in Iran directing the President and cabinet? Absolutely. But Ahmandinejad, as the President, is in fact the political leader of the Iranian Armed Forces according to the online CIA Factbook. I have no idea if he’s clueless on foreign policy, but he does apear to understand the structure of the Iranian military better than your statement would lend itself to.

    • [But Ahmandinejad, as the President, is in fact the political leader of the Iranian Armed Forces according to the online CIA Factbook.]

      According to Wikipedia: Before 1979, the Shah was the commander-in-chief in Iran. After the inception of the Islamic Republic, the Supreme Leader of Iran has taken on the role.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commander-in-chief#Iran

      • Yeah, I kept digging. But I promise I’m done with this for the weekend as there’s some great football on this weekend. Everyone’s “kinda-sorta-right” as best I can tell. I ended up going to Globalsecurity.org for this: “The President signs and supervises the implementation of laws passed by the Majles, signs treaties and other international agreements ratified by the Majles, receives the credentials of foreign ambassadors, endorses those of Iranian ambassadors sent abroad, and presides over the National Security Council.” I did see the Wiki listing you listed and I was mistaked in my choice of C&C for wording. But then I had to look up the Iranian NSC etc…. I have discoveried Iran Politics makes ours look straight up simple. The Supreme Leader is in charge of everything in the country flat out making him the C&C of the military. He is appointed buy a religious councel till he dies and all decisions on any matter he chooses to get into are final. It appears he’s pretty random on what he gets into but very little of it is general day-to-day stuff it appears. So where it’s muddled in in the conflicting listings in public sources of what that means in all practicality. The National Security Council in Iran is basicly the equilivant of the American Joint Chiefs of Staff who report to the President. In Iran they report to Ahmandinejad. But unlike the U.S. where the buck stops there in Iran the Supreme Leader is the final vote in the big decisions. Kinda like having Hillary looking over Bill’s shoulder whispering in his ear what to do when something hot comes along. That said Ben, I’ve enjoyed the thread but must respectfully move on to my pursuit of the NFL and beer today. All this typing hurts my head.

  3. Mr. Hoffman,

    ” And finally, Scott Brown on foreign policy. He claims, “I support the bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill and believe that until Ahmadinejad gives up his nuclear ambitions he should be isolated from the rest of the world.”

    Ahmadinejad is not the head of Iran’s military. That would be the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In other words, Brown is clueless when it comes to foreign policy. ”

    You have to be clueless to write a statement like this. Whether Ahmadinejad is head of Iran’s miltitary or not, he is the face and voice of the regime. He certainly has great power with in Iran. So to refer to Ahmadinejad in representation of Iran is accurate, appropriate, and shows more than enough knowledge to join the US Senate.

    ” How about some ideas on how to reduce costs for higher education? ”

    How about all of the useless left wing professors quit at the colleges. That would free up all kinds of money for the hard sciences.

    ” Reasonable and appropriate? How about a fast paced plan that will spur economic growth? Few people want nuclear power plants in their regions, and hydroelectric facilities often damage the environment. So on energy and the environment, Scott has no ideas. ”

    Since when did a Socialist want to spur economic growth? A fast paced plan. It’s an oxymoron. How about Drill baby Drill? How about Mine baby Mine? These are proven job creators.

  4. One more comment on education. Anytime a liberal-progressive speaks about improving education that is c-o-d-e, for improving the economics of the Teacher’s unions. They do not care about results in education!

    Case in point. Your people, Congressional Democrats, promised they would be fair to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. They give vouchers to inner-city children, you remember, the Children you always say you care about most. Well what did the hypocrites do? In their spending bill they hid a new provision to kill the program slowly. They do not allow new students in to the program. Student numbers are down to 1,300 from 1,700.

    Any comment? I didn’t think so.

  5. “Kinda like having Hillary looking over Bill’s shoulder whispering in his ear what to do when something hot comes along.” Might her advice have possibly been, “Stick a cigar in it?”

  6. It’s true that the legislation will raise taxes and increase government spending.

    Very glad to see you being honest.

    But is that such a bad thing. If we’re paying less for insurance but more in taxes, as long as the tax increase is less than the insurance savings, we’re ahead.

    Yes. Yes it is. Because the people paying the increase in taxes are not the people paying less for health care. And I don’t care how often you try to say it, there is no defensible position for mandated charity.

    There’s nothing in the legislation that will lower the quality of care.

    That’s just a feature of government Ben. It simply will get worse.

    It was the free enterprise policies that brought down our economy.

    Nope. It was the government, Repub and Dem, that incented people to sell loans to people that couldn’t afford them. And THOSE institutions have a name; Fannie and Freddie.

    pssst..didja notice that they escaped the “big bank tax”?

    How about a fast paced plan that will spur economic growth?

    Pfft…you Leftists have no plan either. The single best plan is to harvest the oil and gas we have within our own boarders.

    We need a highly skilled work force. That means college education.

    Are you serious? Our universities are already the envy of the world. You are reaching.

    How about going after companies that hire illegal aliens?

    Again, silly. How about going after companies that sell illegals food?

    Make it easier to be here legally. Make it easier to become a citizen. Enforce the boarders after that.

  7. Take a look at the following.

    Healthcare: The way to bring affordable healthcare is to do like all the other developed countries in the world. A Single payer system to provide all necessary medical care for all citizens, and no healthcare for non-citizens. The Republicans offer nothing to solve the healthcare problem facing the country. The Democrats offer mandatory requirement to buy healthcare and absolutely no constraint on premiums insurance companies can charge. Democrats also refused to add mandatory verification of eligibility to access government paid healthcare; while it is true there is language denying coverage for illegal aliens in one small part of house bill, there are more holes in the bill than found in a sponge to allow illegal aliens to get government paid care. Besides, everyone knows how law abiding illegal aliens are, don’t we!

    The Economy

    The Republican solution to all economic problems in good time and bad is always the same; cut taxes, cut spending on all social programs, and raise spending on our war making ability. Democrats of the past 30 years have gone along with all the Republican tax cuts and dreamed up their own cuts to social programs so they can stop urinating all over Republicans. Taxes should be raised to the pre Reagan levels until our national debt is payed off. Social programs should be tax neutral with the exception for those who truly are unable to take care of themselves. Not a single dime of taxpayer money should be spent on any illegal alien. Emergency medical costs for illegal aliens should be paid for by the aliens’ home country or should not be provided. If their home country doesn’t care enough to pay for their medical care why should American citizens be force pay the bill? Of course Churches, volunteer organizations and any individuals and charities can volunteer pay if they wish. It’s appropriate to tax US citizens to help their fellow citizens when they are unable to help themselves. It’s completely wrong to tax US citizens illegal aliens who come here to provide cheap labor to

    Democrats have also been the champions of the cheap labor policies of the past 30+ years. It was Democrats that pushed through NAFT, WTO and most favored trade status for China and have gone alone with a number of minor trade policies. Democrats have never used their numbers in the Senate to stop any disastrous trade policy. What we need is implement balanced trade policies. No country should be allowed to sell more manufactured products in the US than they buy from the US. We must foster a sustainable manufacturing sector that meets the needs of our citizens. Bring the jobs back home!

    Energy and the Environment.

    The root cause of every single energy problem we face in the US and the world at large is a hugely overpopulated US and a hugely overpopulated World. If the world’s population was one to two billion people, there would be no energy shortage. If the US population was 150 to 200 million people, there would be no energy shortage here either. If we allow the US population to increase to half a billion by 2050, that’s the Census Bureau’s middle estimate, no amount of wind and solar energy will save us. The same is true of the world at large if 15 to 20 billion come to pass. Also, energy will be only one of many problems we will face including 100Ks dying in the US every year. As Prof Bartlett points out, if we don’t stop and reverse our exponential population growth, nature will and we will not like the way she does it.

    Immigration.

    Democrats have been in the vanguard of cheap labor policy here at home. They have supported all legal immigration policies, particularly those that have flooded technical and medical fields while doing viturally nothing to expand American citizens in these fields. We have seen billionaire Bill Gates threatening Congress to give him more legal immigrants or he would move his operations out of the US. Of course congress gave him what they both wanted, more cheap labor. Democrats, particularly Senator Kennedy, have been responsible for over 100 million illegal aliens and their children being in our country. When the US passed 150-200 million people we no longer could accommodate more immigrants without reducing the quality of life of American citizens. We have over 250 million citizens and legal immigrants today; we DO NOT NEED anymore immigrants!
    What we need is to send all non citizens and green card holder home. Suspend all further legal immigration until our population stabilizes at between 150 and 200 million. We also need an excise tax on all businesses to pay the total costs of illegal aliens in our country; once they have to pay the social cost of illegal aliens, businesses will quickly get on board for their removal.

    • The way to bring affordable healthcare is to do like all the other developed countries in the world. A Single payer system to provide all necessary medical care for all citizens, and no healthcare for non-citizens.

      Every system in the world is broke. Many countries are going through health care debates, but they want to GET OUT of their socialist system.

      The Republicans offer nothing to solve the healthcare problem facing the country.

      Not true.

      1. Gove the same tax advantage to the individual as the corporation for health insurance.

      2. Make more doctors.

      3. Reduce regulation for standard well understood procedures.

      4. Allow individuals to purchase insurance from out of state providers.

      • [Every system in the world is broke. Many countries are going through health care debates, but they want to GET OUT of their socialist system.]

        Got any proof of that or is that just a right-wing talking point? From what I’ve read, most people with socialized health care or socialized insurance like it. And we’re the only advanced country in the world with for profit health insurance.

      • From what I’ve read, most people with socialized health care or socialized insurance like it

        Stick to the topic. We are discussing the viability of the program.

        Got any proof

        Last year, the national health system ran nearly $9 billion in debt. Although it is a smaller deficit than in previous years, it forced the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy to start charging patients more for some drugs, ambulance costs and other services. Debates over cost-cutting have become an expected part of the national dialogue on health care.

        Gordon Brown was warned last night to raise the retirement age above 65 and introduce NHS charges to tackle the soaring state deficit.

        In a devastating intervention, the International Monetary Fund called for radical changes to the pension system and spending cuts that go far beyond the plans outlined by the Prime Minister this week.

        The average Canadian family pays about 48 percent of its income in taxes each year, partly to fund the health care system. Rates vary from province to province, but Ontario, the most populous, spends roughly 40 percent of every tax dollar on health care, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The system is going broke, says the federation, which campaigns for tax reform and private enterprise in health care. It calculates that at present rates, Ontario will be spending 85 percent of its budget on health care by 2035. “We can’t afford a state monopoly on health care anymore,” says Tasha Kheiriddin, Ontario director of the federation. “We have to examine private alternatives as well.”

      • [More money per person is spent on health care in the United States than in any other nation in the world,[6][7] and a greater percentage of total income in the nation is spent on health care in the U.S. than in any United Nations member state except for East Timor.

        Medical debt is the principal cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States.[10]]

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_the_United_States

        Pino wrote, “Stick to the topic. We are discussing the viability of the program.”

        If our system is causing people to go bankrupt, that means the viability of our system is in trouble, also.

    • It’s appropriate to tax US citizens to help their fellow citizens when they are unable to help themselves.

      How do you justify that?

      Can you imagine walking with your friend and you say that you have just made a donation to the Shriner’s Hospital. And then you say, “oh hey, do you wanna donate?” And he replies that he would not. He has other charities that he enjoys to give to and, on top of that, right now he really needs to take care of his own family.

      Would you be within your rights to pull a gun and demand that he donate to the hospital?

      So how do you justify that I donate to YOUR charity of choice?

  8. More money per person is spent on health care in the United States than in any other nation in the world,[6][7] and a greater percentage of total income in the nation is spent on health care in the U.S. than in any United Nations member state except for East Timor.

    Sure.

    After we purchase shelter, food and clothing, we have more money to spend THAN ANY OTHER NATION IN THE WORLD!!! This is a FEATURE not a bug.

    We have money to buy braces. And glasses. We can remove moles, fat and scars. Hell, you can remove that tat if ya want. When you have MORE MONEY THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD, you can spend more money than anyone in the world to stay healthy and happy.

    For example, gotta headache? Bo buy Tylenol. Think folks in Africa can spend money on Tylenol? Would you rather be a country/citizen that can spend money on Tylenol or not be able to spend money on Tylenol?

    How about hair loss?
    Or Viagra?
    Or botox?

    Find another sap to sell this crap to; I ain’t buyin.

    And neither is America.

  9. [After we purchase shelter, food and clothing, we have more money to spend THAN ANY OTHER NATION IN THE WORLD!!!]

    Not hardly. We’re the biggest debtor nation in the world.

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