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Scott Brown voted against President Obama’s health care plan 3 times! Then he insured his daughter under the very plan he voted against!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

What a hypocrite! What an opportunist! Please, DO NOT vote for incumbent “US Senator” Scott Brown (see nude center fold pic below!). Let’s not lose important programs because Brown is pandering to Independent voters! This guy will do/say anything to get elected, even vote “no” THREE TIMES for a program his family takes advantage of!

 A vote for Brown’s opponent, Elizabeth Warren, is a vote for programs that help all Americans stay healthy and strong – even Scott Brown’s kids. (We are certain Brown could have insured his daughter without the govt footing the bill, but hey, that’s our US Senator – Scotty Brown-nose!)     – R. Tirella

From The Boston Globe:

By Glen Johnson THE BOSTON GLOBE

“U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who won office vowing to be the 41st vote to block President Obama’s health care law and who has since voted three times to repeal it, acknowledged Monday that he takes advantage of it to keep his elder daughter on his congressional health insurance plan.

” ”Of course I do,” the Massachusetts Republican told the Globe.

“Brown is insuring his daughter Ayla, a professional singer who is 23 years old, under a widely popular provision of the law requiring that family plans cover children up to age 26.

“Brown said the extended use of his congressional coverage is not inconsistent with his criticism of the federal law, enacted over his objection after he won a special election in 2010, because the same coverage could be required by individual states.

“On the campaign trail this year, Brown has said he still wants to repeal the law, which he argues is inferior to the health care law enacted by Massachusetts in 2006.

” ”I’ve said right from the beginning, that if there are things that we like, we should take advantage of them and bring them back here to Massachusetts,” the senator said.

“As to whether the federal law should be repealed or rewritten, Brown replied: “I’ve already voted to repeal it. You know where I stand on this. This isn’t news.”

“His political opponent said that Brown is being hypocritical.

” ”Sen. Scott Brown has gone Washington,” said Alethea Harney, spokeswoman for Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

” “He says he likes being able to keep his daughter on the family health insurance plan. What he doesn’t say is that he voted to stop other parents from doing the same.” “

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Brown’s daughter, according to the Globe article, is a “former “American Idol” contestant” who “has worked as a correspondent for the CBS “Early Show” and is a professional singer.”

The Globe states: “Brown’s younger daughter, Arianna, is 21 and graduating after just three years at Syracuse University. She, too, will be able to keep her coverage under the congressional plan through the Obama law.

” ”I’ve always said that I love covering my daughter until 26 years old,” Brown said in an interview … .

Pathetic.

Unemployed workers share Scott Brown’s anti-jobs record

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Worcester – Unemployed constituents from the Worcester area sent a loud-and-clear message to US Senator Scott Brown yesterday at Worcester State University: “We won’t be fooled.”

 Dozens of out-of-work residents gathered at the Bay State Jobs Fair to share the junior senator’s multitude of votes against jobs with event attendees. The cast of concerned job-seekers fanned out across the campus, ensuring that area residents knew the truth about Brown’s eight votes to end employment benefits.

They spread the word about Brown’s vote to gut 400,000 jobs for teachers, fire fighters and police officers across the country, as well as his vote to keep 11,000 construction workers in the unemployment line.

And they were sure to point out that Scott Brown did all that while protecting tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas.

 View photos from the Worcester State University action here  

With Scott Brown already stamping out more than two million jobs in less than two years, unemployed constituents promised to carry their public education effort to future job-related events hosted by the senator or his staff.

Senator Scott Brown is a coward

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

By Jay Chambers

It’s 6 p.m. on a Tuesday, and I’m being ushered out of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. The Capitol Police have been great throughout the day, but it’s closing time and they’ve asked the hundred-or-so unemployed Massachusetts residents gathered here to call it a day.

Most of us came down by bus – a 9.5 hour drive that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend – to make our voices heard in Washington. We’ve been camping out in church basements, union halls, and tents set up along the National Mall (the downpour last night made the latter a hell of an experience.) And this morning, we marched half our crew of 250 Bay Staters down to the Dirksen building, straight to the office of our US Senator, Scott Brown.

See, Brown ran on a platform of job creation. He promised that jobs would be his top priority if we elected him to the US Senate, and that his policies were just the right recipe to put people back to work. That was almost two years ago, but from the stories my fellow travelers have shared over the last few days, I know a good chunk of them have been unemployed since then – some even longer. And for years now, we’ve all had the same question on our minds: where are the jobs?

Usually, we’d get to ask such a simple question at a town hall or public forum, the kind of event politicians host to give their constituents a chance to interact with the people who represent them – but not Scott Brown. This guy has been dodging us since he took office in February 2010, turning down every single invitation for a public discussion on the issues we elected him to work on.

So we all made the long trek from Massachusetts down to the nation’s capital, to ask Scott Brown face-to-face about the half-dozen jobs bills he’s voted to kill, along with the unemployment benefits most of us stand to lose at the stroke of midnight December 31 (Happy New Year from Scott Brown!)

There was an important vote on the session calendar today, so we knew Brown would be in the house. His staff has even confirmed it. But the man’s not coming out; he’s “unavailable to meet with constituents,” they told us. And so a dozen of us took seats in his office to wait Brown out, with a hundred other unemployed workers camped out in the hallway. Eight hours and two dozen interviews later, we were still holding strong, but Brown never showed face. We didn’t even get a wave hello.

On my way out the door at 6:00pm, I’m now wondering why. Why would an elected leader ignore a personal visit from a hundred of his constituents – the ones who are most in need of his help? The answer came pretty quickly: Scott Brown is a coward.

Brown doesn’t want to face his constituents after voting eight times to end unemployment benefits, especially since he’ll likely do it again by year’s end. He’s afraid of what we’ll say about his votes for tax breaks for the corporations that shipped our jobs overseas. Our senator doesn’t want to answer the tough questions on why he’s cool with raising taxes on the middle class while pushing corporate welfare to the extreme.

No one forgets a coward, though. And those of us who are still struggling to find work certainly won’t forget what happened here today. One way or another, Brown will have to answer for his broken promises.

Jay Chambers is an unemployed ironworker and Boston Occupier from Charlestown.

Senator Scott Brown faces new grassroots backlash on budget stance

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Senator out of step with public on tax breaks for large corporations and the super-rich

BOSTON – After recently telling a group of seniors in Brighton that he would prioritize tax breaks for oil companies and the super-rich ahead of programs like Medicare and Social Security, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R) has staked out a budget stance that leaves him severely at odds with his constituents and national public opinion. He has also unwittingly triggered a grassroots backlash to his comments, galvanizing a diverse set of Massachusetts advocacy organizations against his position on the hot national budget debate.

Advocates have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, August 17, at Noon, outside Brown’s Boston office to kick off what organizers say will be a vigorous and sustained grassroots and public campaign against the Senator’s controversial budget stance throughout the Congressional recess and super committee process. The groups say they want Brown to take a public position – and weigh in with super committee members – in favor of eliminating Bush era tax handouts for large corporations and the super-rich.

“I am terribly disappointed that Senator Brown would prioritize big oil companies over Medicare and Medicaid,” said Ann Stewart, 87, of Mattapan, MA, President of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council. “It’s aggravating to see him go to such great lengths to defend these ridiculous tax handouts to large corporations and the richest 1%. I know many of them are his big donors, but that shouldn’t make him forget about the seniors and kids who rely on Medicare and Medicaid.”

“We are hoping that Scott Brown will join the rest of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation in supporting a balanced approach to budget negotiations that includes shared sacrifice from large corporations and billionaires – rather than clinging to a misguided stance that hurts low and middle-income families,” said Wilnelia Rivera, Campaigns Director for Neighbor to Neighbor, a statewide organization of low-income families who advocate for economic justice.

According to a number of recent national polls, by nearly a 2 to 1 margin the American public supports withdrawing tax breaks for corporations and super rich individuals in order to help resolve national budget shortfalls. Those findings put Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown squarely at odds with public sentiment as the nation anticipates negotiations by the recently appointed super-committee charged with leading Congressional budget negotiations.

A poll commissioned in part by area healthcare workers concerned about cuts to Medicare and Medicaid shows that margin is likely even wider in Massachusetts, where 74% of respondents recently said they disapprove of Brown’s position against “any revenue increase to help reduce the federal debt – even the elimination of huge tax breaks for the oil industry and companies that send jobs overseas.”

At the August 17 press conference, organizers of the event will debut a massive mobile billboard that will be present at a number of upcoming events attended by Senator Brown, including a GOP fundraiser in Dartmouth Wednesday evening and a Lowell Spinners game on Monday, August 22, where Scott Brown “bobble-head dolls” will be distributed. The truck-mounted billboard reads: “Scott Brown: Listen to the people. We can’t afford the Bush tax handouts to corporations and super rich anymore. Don’t sell out seniors and kids.”

Meanwhile, select groups within the coalition sponsoring Wednesday’s press conference will be kicking off individual advertising and protest actions against Brown’s budget stance in weeks ahead, including radio and newspaper advertising informing the public of Brown’s revenue stance within the budget debate, and pushing him to reconsider.

WHO: Members of the Massachusetts Coalition for a Working Economy including: 1199SEIU Massachusetts • Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association • Coalition for Social Justice/Coalition Against Poverty • Crittenton Women’s Union • Greater Boston Labor Council • Massachusetts Alliance of HUD tenants • Massachusetts Communities Action Network • Massachusetts Jobs with Justice • Massachusetts Teachers Association • Mass Senior Action • MassUniting • MoveOn.Org Greater Boston • National Association of Social Workers • Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts • One Massachusetts • Public Policy Institute • SEIU 509 • SEIU 615 • SEIU State Council • The Grace Team • United Auto Workers Massachusetts State CAP Council • United for a Fair Economy

WHAT: Press conference against Senator Scott Brown’s stance on the national budget debate

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, Noon

WHERE: Senator Scott Brown’s office at JFK Federal Building (on the side of the building facing City Hall plaza), 15 New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA

Scott Brown to face backlash on anti-job votes at “Jobs Tour” TODAY

Friday, August 5th, 2011

JAMAICA PLAIN – Demonstrators concerned about Senator Scott Brown’s poor voting record on job creation will assemble today outside of the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, MA at 1:30pm. Senator Brown is hosting an event inside the Medical Center that his staff has billed as part of his “statewide jobs tour.”

While the event has been promoted by Brown’s aides as an opportunity for constituents to interact with Brown around job creation issues, some advocates fear the event may in fact be merely another private, invite-only photo-op.

Brown has not hosted a public town hall or forum for constituents since he assumed office on
February 4, 2010.

Residents participating in the demonstration today want Brown to be honest about the increasing number of votes he has taken that have undermined job creation in the Bay State. Demonstrators will distribute leaflets (attached) outlining Brown’s anti-job voting record to passersby and attendees of the private event between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Demonstrators hope to question Brown on some of his anti-job votes, but were unsure this afternoon whether the ‘jobs tour’ would be open to the public. Organizers say additional demonstrations are possible if Brown fails to publicly address their concerns this afternoon.

WHO: Massachusetts residents concerned about Brown’s anti-job voting record and failure to provide a public town hall or forum for constituents

WHAT: Demonstration and leafleting outside of Brown ‘jobs tour’ photo-op

WHEN: TODAY! Friday, August 5, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: VA Medical Center, Health Street and South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA

In debt vote, Senator Scott Brown has a choice: Medicaid or the super wealthy

Friday, July 29th, 2011

By Jason A. Stephany

Tuesday, August 2, marks a critical deadline for the United States economy: for the first time in our nation’s history, the government may default on its debts. And should that happen, the ripple effects will be felt by every American consumer and taxpayer. A downgrade of the United States’ credit rating, higher interest rates on our credit cards, mortgages and car loans, and investor uncertainty that will leave already-fragile markets reeling. Our slow-but-sureeconomic recovery could revert to a full-on recession in a matter of days.

The clock is running out on the debt debate, and responsible lawmakers agree that default is not an option. So why are some in congress – including US Senator Scott Brown – refusing to state a position on key aspects of the debt proposals before them? Click to continue »

Dozens of Medicaid recipients, providers and advocates demand answers from Senator Scott Brown

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

editor’s note: Scott Brown needs to be dumped by the voters this fall. Brown is nothing more than a smooth-talking opportunist. He puts his finger in the wind and decides how to vote based on: WILL THIS GET ME RE-ELECTED? No character. No moral code. No beliefs worth fighting for – so unlike our late, great Teddy Kennedy. Brown is just an empty vessel wearing a barn jacket.

We miss Kennedy now more than ever. He would be the voice of reason, the voice of compassion, the wind beneath our wings.

- R. Tirella

Dozens of Medicaid recipients, providers and advocates demand answers from the commonwealth’s junior senator as national debt deadline looms!

BOSTON – As politicians continued their high-stakes horse trading over the national debt in Washington, dozens of Massachusetts residents directly affected by the negotiations rallied Thursday to demand answers from their own US Senator, Scott Brown. The broad coalition of local Medicaid recipients, service providers and independent living advocates gathered to ask Brown: “Will you choose Medicaid or Millionaires?”

“Because of my disability, I depend on Medicaid funds to live and work independently,” said David Sandison, a local Medicaid recipient who relies on in-home assistance. “So I have a question for Scott Brown: will you vote to save Medicaid, or will you support tax breaks for oil companies and billionaires?”

Questions from constituents and journalists on debt-related Medicaid cuts have gone unanswered for weeks, as Brown and his staff continue to avoid taking a position on more than $500 billion in proposed cuts to federal health care programs.

Stacy Hart, a consumer advocate with the Boston Center for Independent Living, explained that for many families – including her own – the funding of Medicaid programs is a matter of life and death. “Medicaid saved my husband’s life. He was in a coma for several months until the doctors could address a very serious medical condition,” said Hart. “Without Medicaid, my husband never would have woken up, rejoined his family, or come back to work as a member of the community. We need to know where Scott Brown stands on these cuts.”

Joseph Rotella, a successful business owner from Waltham, called on Brown to do the right thing for the most vulnerable in Massachusetts – even if that means raising taxes.

“I’m a beneficiary of the Bush-era tax cuts. But as someone fortunate enough to be in the top income bracket, I’m fully able and willing to make my contribution to society,” said Rotella. “So I have to ask Scott Brown to take a hard look at where his priorities lie. Will he stand up and protect Medicaid funding for those who need it most? Or will he cut those funds to protect tax breaks that aren’t really necessary?”

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director of Health Care for All, put the decision before Brown in the starkest of terms, calling on the senator to set partisanship aside and take a stand in support of his constituents.

“I know it’s tough for Senator Brown to balance serving his party and serving the people of Massachusetts – but there should be no choice between maintaining the health of our state’s elderly and disabled residents and cutting taxes for the most wealthy among us,” said Whitcomb Slemmer. “Hundreds of billions of dollars in health care cuts, and millions of lives, are at stake. We call on Senator Brown to show leadership by supporting health care for our state’s most vulnerable populations.”

As of press time, Brown has offered no additional clarity on his potential support of the $500 billion health care cut – or tax breaks for the wealthiest of Americans – that remain at the center of ongoing debt negotiations.

Will it be Medicaid or millionaires? MA residents call on Senator Scott Brown to choose!

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Boston – With the clock running out on the debt debate, US Senator Scott Brown has yet to state his position on more than $500 billion in proposed healthcare cuts. Medicaid recipients, providers and advocates were set to call the question today (Thursday) in front of Brown’s downtown Boston office!

Will It Be Medicaid or Millionaires?

Boston Residents called on Scott Brown to Choose

While politicians trade horses over the national debt in Washington, those directly affected in Massachusetts are demanding to know where their Senator stands on the critical issues in negotiation.

A coalition of local Medicaid recipients, providers and advocates gathered today to ask a simple question of US Senator Scott Brown: “Will you choose Medicaid or Millionaires?” The call comes after weeks of silence from Brown on a proposed $500 billion cut to healthcare – cuts that jeopardize vital Medical Assistance funding while tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy enjoy a vigorous defense by many in Brown’s own party.

“Medicaid allows me to live independently in my home, and I depend on that funding every single day,” said David Sandison of Waltham. “I deserve to know. Will Scott Brown support me or the millionaires?”

Sandison this morning joined Stacy Hart of the Boston Center for Independent Living, healthcare advocate Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, business owner Joseph Rotella and others who demanded answers from Brown on the issue of Medicaid funding.

Whatcha gonna do, Scott Brown?