Vote for Brown, Send a Message

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 12:21 PM

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Newsmax rarely endorses political candidates, but today it is urging Massachusetts voters to go to the polls and vote for Republican Scott Brown.

We believe the people of Massachusetts would be served best if Republican Scott Brown wins today's special election to fill the Senate seat the late Sen. Ted Kennedy formerly held.

More importantly, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will "fire a shot around the world," sending a message to Washington that Congress and the president have gone too far in their left-wing agenda.

Brown is a man who can help send that message to Washington and keep them honest.

Brown has compiled a solid record as a state senator and before that as a member of the Massachusetts House. He has 30 years of service in the Army National Guard and stature as the service’s top defense lawyer in New England.

His opponent, Martha Coakley, meanwhile, has no legislative experience.

Brown, who is socially moderate and fiscally conservative, opposes higher taxes and has criticized Democrat Coakley for her opposition to extending George W. Bush-era tax cuts.

Most important in this race, a Brown victory would deny the Democrats the 60-vote super-majority in the Senate they need to ram through a healthcare reform bill that polls show the people of Massachusetts do not want.

Brown has made it clear he would be the 41st vote in the Senate against the bill, while Coakley has vowed to support it.

“In Massachusetts we already have insurance,” Brown told Neil Cavuto of Fox News. “We have 98 percent of our people insured. So why are we in fact [going to] cut Medicare, have longer lines, lesser coverage, subsidize other states — it makes no sense. It’s not good for Massachusetts.”

The reform bill’s tax on so-called “Cadillac,” or high-end, healthcare insurance plans has drawn opposition from union leaders, who argue that it would strip members of benefits they have won through negotiations, often by forgoing wage increases.

Polls show that Brown should win this race. But it is a special election, and voters need to turn out.

President Obama and his allies have mounted a last-ditch effort to thwart Brown’s bid to score a “Massachusetts miracle” by winning Kennedy’s seat.
But it’s clearly time for a change in the Bay State. The most recent time a Republican represented Massachusetts in the Senate was in 1980, and Kennedy held his seat for nearly five decades.

Newsmax urges voters in Massachusetts to go to the polls today and help Scott Brown achieve that “Massachusetts miracle.”


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