Scott Brown’s Big Legislative Win

One of the main lines of attack from our friends over at the Blue Blog on Scott Brown, is the supposed notion that he’s an ineffectual legislator.  The narrative goes he’s a back bencher that can’t get anything done.  Which, by the way, doesn’t jive with their other narrative, the one that says he watered down the financial reform bill.  

The truth is all together different, and the past week showed us why.  Yesterday, the president signed into law a Job’s bill which at it’s core contained two key provisions that Scott Brown has been pushing and authored.  The first is an elimination of the 3% contractor witholding tax, and a tax credit to hire returning veterans.  Both of these initiatives passed, and Brown was at the signing yesterday.  

The Lowell Sun editorial page takes particular note of this.

Businesses dodged another burdensome tax and returning war veterans received a job boost this past week, courtesy of a U.S. Congress that put ideology aside and showed common sense.

The champion behind the effort was Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who was the lone Republican to co-author the Hire a Hero Act and advocate for the repeal of a 3 percent withholding tax on contracts that would have ended up hurting both businesses and consumers.

“Do you really know Scott Brown?” asks a Democratic campaign attack ad now playing on local TV stations. Our reply is “Yes, we do.” Brown is an independent lawmaker fighting for the little guy. His advocacy for these important pieces of legislation will pay dividends for all Americans.

The veterans jobs amendment, which passed the House 422-0, incorporates most of the elements of Brown’ s Hire a Hero Act, which he introduced in January as part of his Bay State Jobs Agenda. It gives businesses a tax credit of up to $9,500 for hiring a returning and/or disabled veteran.

The rest of the editorial is well worth a read.  The people of Massachusetts aren’t going to be fooled by a negative onslaught.  They know who Scott Brown is, as was evident this week.  A person who wakes up every day, and asks how he can help his constituents.  

About Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

  • Scott…but I’m against a tax credit for hiring a specific group of people to the detriment of all the rest of the People.  Smacks against the 14th Amendment in my book.

    “No Non-veterans Need Apply”

  • Tell that to Crossroads GPS.

  • but I think our Veterans are such an honorable and unique segment of the population that it’s appropriate to put them in a position to utilize their talents, and to open up avenues where they are able to become exposed to job creators and employers. Yes this goes against my libertarian conservative views, but from practicality standpoint and from my inner moral compass, I believe that if anyone deserves assistance, its our men and women in uniform, not illegal freeloaders or useless layabouts.  Unlike entitlements there has been a payment system to deserve the additional government assistance.

    One way to think about it is that rather than monetarily paying for a good or service, the commitment and sacrifice and labor preformed has directly supplemented government activity, so in essence the additional legislation is certainly not the “something for nothing, payed for on the backs of successful people” which most entitlements are, rather the services have been payed for, and our Veterans are only now receiving their end of the deal. Just my thoughts.

     I think more importantly though it highlights that Brown is in the practicality business and not the ideology business. By looking at issues as they are presented and by individually sponsoring different legislation based on his own evaluation and not just in lock step with party speaks to his character and his leadership.  

  • You mean “jibe”, not “jive.”

  • bobneer

    You won’t get any “ineffective GOP legislator” argument from me. He is a passionate, fiercely committed Republican very worthy of the Tea Party support that helped put him in office. Among his major Republican victories: blocking effective regulation of Wall Street, and protecting tax breaks for the extremely rich. True, he has been comically ineffective at times — filibustering his own jobs bill, for example — but when he gets marching orders from Republican leaders, he is very effective at holding the Red State line. By all means, let’s disagree about whether he is good for Massachusetts, but lets agree that he is a brutally effective Republican.