In his final Brown’s Take column (chronicling the Democratic National Convention) for the Boston Herald), Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown wrote this:
During the last year, I have stood with President Obama as he signed two of my jobs initiatives into law that were incorporated into the president’s own Jobs Bill. In fact, they were the only pieces of the president’s plan to pass.
We’ll need more of that kind of cooperation in Washington if we are going to get our economy back on track. Too many people are hurting to spend all our time bickering, battling and posturing.
Not surprisingly, there’s another – very different – view of Brown’s jobs record.
From Democratic Underground:
At a noon press conference in Randolph [in August], US Senator Scott Brown is set to deliver what his office is calling a “major policy speech” ontaxes. While his Massachusetts constituents can certainly expect Senator Brown to echo the stereotypical ‘gut-and-cut’ tax rhetoric of his Republican colleagues in Washington, here are five truths we won’t hear Brown mention about his voting record on taxes:
1. “I voted to give tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas.”
Scott Brown voted to filibuster the Creating American Jobs & Ending Offshoring Act, a bill would have ended tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs or build plants and offices offshore to replace American facilities. The vote came as thousands of American workers face impending layoffs while training their replacements from China, India, and elsewhere. (US Senate roll call vote #242, 9/28/10)
2. “I gave $24 billion of your tax dollars to Big Oil.”
In the face of drastic budget cuts, Scott Brown voted three times to give more than $24 billion in taxpayer funds to the oil industry over the next decade. The top five Big Oil companies – BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell – are amongst the most profitable corporations in the world, posting $137 billion in profits in 2011 alone. (US Senate roll call votes #187 6/15/10; #72, 5/17/11; #63, 3/29/12)
3. “I voted to take more money out of your paycheck.”
Scott Brown voted to filibuster legislation to extend the payroll tax cut for working families – holding low and middle income workers hostage to shield the wealthiest Americans from a small surtax on income over $1 million. In effect, Brown cast a deciding vote to raise taxes on 113 million working families. In Massachusetts, the surtax would have affected just 0.6% of taxpayers with an average income of more than $2 million. (US Senate roll call vote #219, 12/1/11)
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