Warren vs. Brown: The Media, and the Issues

Letter to the Editor:

Now that we’re past the summer, let’s hope that we can have a full exploration of the issues in the Massachusetts senate campaign. Can we please put aside the irrelevant sideshows of the barn coat, pick-up, and native Indian heritage?

Speaking of the issues, Brown passes himself off as a Massachusetts moderate. and the senate GOP leadership allows him to vote as a moderate when it isn’t a critical issue. But behind that facade, he’s a reliable republican when needed to carry a filibuster, block attempts to raise taxes on the wealthy and close tax loopholes, etc.

Brown cites his vote for the Dodd/Frank bill to regulate the financial services industry. But to get his vote, he extracted concessions to give a gift to the major Massachusetts financial services companies and to excise a fee on the big firms to pay for the cost of managing their possible future collapse.

After Dodd/Frank became law, Brown’s office has been the go-to conduit for the lobbyists for the industry to attempt to water down the detailed regulations being written for the law. That explains why he’s the favored politician for campaign money from Wall Street. You can bet there is little if any of that money left over for Warren.

The issues in this campaign should include the proper role of government, how to strengthen the middle class, giving everybody a fair shake, and getting the economy going again. It would be helpful if the media concentrated their attention accordingly.

Sincerely,
Henry Shaw

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