“Clearly Senator Brown is taking a position against the senior community here in Massachusetts,’’ asserted Carolyn Villers, executive director of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, “not only the current seniors who struggle on fixed incomes, but the ability of future seniors and the growing senior community to be able to survive in their retirement.’’
"The GOP plan would alter the federal government’s role as the overseer of the Medicare program by creating a voucher system that shifts responsibilities to the beneficiaries. The plan, written by Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, would also transform Medicaid into a block-grant system that hands much of the oversight of the medical program for the poor and disabled to the states.
After the House passed the budget, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, vowed that his chamber will hold a vote on it, forcing Brown and other potentially vulnerable Republicans in the 2012 elections to take a stance on the cuts. A vote is expected before Memorial Day." --Boston Globe
This is what Senator Brown said on May 16:
“The leaders will bring forward (Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s) budget, and I will vote for it, and it will fail."That was then; this is now, and this is what his spokesman said today, May 18:
"A spokesman for Scott Brown called the senator’s comments an observation of political gamesmanship, not a commitment to vote for the House-passed plan."Excuse me? When did "I WILL VOTE FOR IT" come to mean "I'M JUST KIDDING?"
Senator Scott seems not ready to be a leader, and he certainly has shown his word cannot be trusted.
“I mean what I say” is not the same as “I say what I mean." --Alice in Wonderland
We the people of Massachusetts will follow Senator Brown's vote very carefully to see if he really meant what he said.
Meanwhile, I'm very much interested in the candidacy of Setti Warren, the mayor of Newton, Mass., who announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.
As I learn more about Mayor Warren and find that he is the sort of candidate that is qualified to be a US Senator, I WILL VOTE FOR HIM.
And I mean what I say.