Daily Archives: August 22, 2012


Warren: I’m Going to Keep “Talking, Speaking and Commenting” on Scott Brown’s Votes Against Women and Their Families

The following is from an email I received from the campaign.

Somerville, MA – Republican Scott Brown’s votes and views on issues important to women and their families have been in the spotlight over the last few days – and he doesn’t like it one bit.

Under fire by consumer advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren for his support of the national Republican agenda, Scott Brown sent a very clear message of his own:

“I don’t need Professor Warren talking, or speaking, or commenting on my votes.”


Warren released the following statement today:

“Scott Brown voted against equal pay for equal work. I’m going to keep talking about that.

“Scott Brown voted for the Blunt amendment to limit women’s access to birth control. I’m going to keep talking about that.

“Scott Brown supports Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – Mitt Romney who says he wants to end Planned Parenthood and Paul Ryan who cosponsored legislation to outlaw birth control pills. You can bet I’m going to keep talking about that so the people of Massachusetts know Scott Brown’s record and where he stands — with his Republican Party against the interests of women and families in the commonwealth.

“Women and their families in Massachusetts are going to keep talking, speaking and commenting on his votes and his support for the Romney-Ryan ticket because Brown’s election could hand the Senate to the Republicans and enable them to implement their radical agenda.

“Scott Browns votes are on the record. His work to put Romney-Ryan in the White House and to put Republicans in control of the Senate is on the record. He has made it clear that he is part of a Republican Agenda that is harmful to women and that protects Wall Street and the big banks while it leaves working families to pick up the tab.”


Majority opposes Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan

The Boston Globe has published the story Majority opposes Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan from Bloomberg News.

House Republicans twice have approved legislation sponsored by Ryan to convert Medicare to a voucher program. The plan would rely on competition among private insurers to hold down health care costs.

I wrote the following letter to the editor of The Boston Globe.

I pity the reporter who had to write “House Republicans twice have approved legislation sponsored by Ryan to convert Medicare to a voucher program.  The plan would rely on competition among private insurers to hold down health care costs.”  A fit of rolling on the floor laughing is not a pleasant sight to see.

Is there anyone alive today or who has read any history who understands why Medicare was invented?  As I recall it, Medicare was needed because it was just about impossible for people over 65 to get private health insurance at a reasonable price.  That was decades ago.  Has anything changed that would make us think that reverting to that era would be an improvement?

Considering our history of astronomically rising health care costs under the current private insurance market for those under 65, why would we assume that having more of the same would produce radically different results?  30% of the current costs for health care already go to private insurance companies with no health benefits to the public at all.

I am surprised that we cannot hear the collective roar of laughter from all over the country  when Republicans make such obviously silly proposals.  Yet, as much as 38% of those between 18 and 49 don’t get the joke.

Maybe the ROTFL isn’t so bad, but to see LMAO may be traumatic.