What Scott Brown Did.
Gasp, the Conservative white knight Scott Brown (R, MA) broke ranks with the Republicans (as did Snow (ME), Collins (ME), Voinovich (OH) and Missouri’s Bond) and voted for a… wait for it… wait for it… a jobs bill. How could he!?!
How did the savior of the right…
turn into a pawn for the Democrats…
so quickly? There are 2 things that we need to consider:
1) Reid’s Jobs bill is a tax cut bill for small businesses. The details of the bill are:
Hiring tax incentives — Exempts employers from paying the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax this year on newly hired workers that have been unemployed for 60 days or more. Provides additional $1,000 tax credit for workers retained for at least a year. Cost: $13 billion.
Small Business Tax Cuts
Highway programs — Reauthorizes through the end of 2010 the highway trust fund to use gasoline taxes to help state and local governments pay for highway and transit projects. Deposits an additional $20 billion into the trust fund.
Budget trick, moves money from one place to another
Equipment write-offs — Permits businesses to write off equipment as a business expense rather than depreciating them over time. Cost: $35 million.
Small Business Tax Cuts
Build America Bonds — Expands the Build America Bonds program to subsidize the interest costs of bonds to include certain school and energy projects. Cost: $2.3 billion.
Aside from the Build America Bonds, the only problem with the Jobs Bill is that it does not do enough. Even if it does create the 250,000 jobs that some economists predict (it will not), it will hardly make a dent in the 8.4 million jobs that have been lost since the recession started. That being said, teeny tiny little tax cuts for small business and barely noticeable job creation is better than the bi-partisan bill which was filled with pork and debt.
2) Scott Brown did exactly what he said he was going to do. He ran as the 41st vote, but Brown consistently referred to 41 in terms of stopping healthcare reform.
One thing is clear, voters do not want the trillion-dollar health care bill that is being forced on the American people.
He did not say that he was going put an stop every Democrat bill, in fact, he told us that he wanted to make Washington work again; Scott Brown will work with Democrats to create jobs.
I will work in the Senate to put government back on the side of people who create jobs, and the millions of people who need jobs…
The only thing that Scott Brown did wrong was to not live up to the very high expectations that Conservatives placed upon him. He is a politician, what did you expect? Worse yet, he is a politician from Massachusetts, what could you possibly expect from him?
If there is anyone to point fingers or to be disappointed in, it it us Conservatives. There is no panacea for good government. Ronald Reagan is not going to walk through the door. In our day and our time, one man (or woman) is not going to transform Washington, especially overnight. True and lasting victory comes from hard work and good candidates, not from an overnight wonder.
Scott Brown broke your heart and voted for a puny Democrat jobs bill; get over it. Now that is has passed cloture every Republican Senator should vote yea; tax cuts are tax cuts.
As for you Conservatives, get your head back in the game; Healthcare is looming and November is right around the corner.