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Give Scott Brown the Room He Needs

By    |   Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 09:55 AM

Many grass-roots Republicans, independents, and tea party members across the country are beginning to feel a hint of buyer's remorse over the most recent addition to United States Senate: Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

This week, Brown voted in support of a procedural measure on Majority Leader Harry Reid's so-called "jobs bill," generating understandable ire. It certainly didn't help matters that Reid gleefully acknowledged Brown's support on the floor of the Senate after receiving word of the bipartisan support. And Wednesday, Brown and 12 other Republicans helped Democrats pass the bill with a comfortable majority.

Now, I am by no means in support of this particular piece of legislation, and I can understand why people are up in arms. In fact, I am quite certain that the best way for Washington to create jobs is to recognize that doing so is quite simply not their place and instead release business owners to create these jobs themselves.

American history has shown that our economic progress comes not from political pressure, but from an innovative and productive workforce left free to grow and prosper. Government-funded projects may be able to put someone to work for a few months, but only organic market growth can lead to a true, stable prosperity for our nation.

But today, Democrats continue to cast undue regulatory burdens on many businesses, enact policies that limit credit to our small business community, tax small businesses out of business, and refuse to address the need for federal tort reform measures. We can only marvel at their blindness as they wonder why jobs are not returning and try to shoehorn even more barriers in place as their "solution."

But back to Brown and his vote. As many of my regular readers know, I subscribe fully to my father's 80/20 rule. As long as a Republican elected official or candidate is likely to support the party and its core principles and philosophies 80 percent of the time, I can live with a 20 percent crossover, especially when compared with the alternative — a Democrat with whom I will disagree 80 percent of the time!

There is no better application of this sound political rule than the case at hand.

Remember, Scott Brown is a Republican in one of the bluest of blue states in the nation, and he is brand new to the job. He simply cannot attack Democrat-initiated measures that so many of his constituents will applaud, and we should fairly acknowledge that there were Republican ideas in this bill as well.

Explaining his vote, Brown said, "We need to put partisanship aside to put people back to work. This jobs bill is far from perfect, and ideally would include deeper and broader tax cuts. I supported this measure because it does contain some tax relief that will help Massachusetts businesses put people back to work."

I can respect his desire to prove himself to his constituents and his willingness to know which battles to pick. He is right to emphasize job creation and putting people back to work in these difficult times. Because of this, although Scott Brown may still have much to learn, I am proud that Reagan PAC contributed to the senator during his campaign, and we will support him still.

We all should be comforted by the fact that, although Brown may have supported this undesirable piece of legislation, we still know we can count on his support to help defeat Democratic attempts to revive the federal healthcare legislation. Who would have thought six months ago that we could count on a senator from Massachusetts to stand as our ally in this fight?

Let's all give Brown the room he needs to ensure that he remains politically viable for years to come, so that we have him around when it comes time to debate the types of bills that will have a lasting impact on our nation.

In Scott Brown, I see the type of 80 percent ally my father would have been proud to call a fellow Republican.


Mike Reagan, the elder son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is spokesperson for The Reagan Nation and chairman and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation (www.reaganlegacyfoundation.org). Look for Mike's books and other information at www.Reagan.com. E-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.

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Many grass-roots Republicans, independents, and tea party members across the country are beginning to feel a hint of buyer's remorse over the most recent addition to United States Senate: Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts. This week, Brown voted in support of a...
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