Scott Brown takes a bit of a political risk today by picking up the GOP standard in the response to Barack Obama’s weekly Presidential address, but he delivers a scathing assessment of the Democratic machinations to pass ObamaCare. He offers some “advice from a newcomer” to his colleagues on Capitol Hill, which is to listen to the will of the people rather than the commands of the far-Left Democratic leadership. Andrew Malcolm has the transcript (via JWF):
Maybe you remember what President Obama promised in his State of the Union address. He said he was going to finally focus on jobs and the economy for the remainder of this year. I applauded him for that. Well, here it is, it’s almost spring. And what is he out there talking about again? That same 2,700-page, multi-trillion dollar healthcare legislation.
So, an entire year has gone to waste. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many more jobs are in danger. Even now, the president still hasn’t gotten the message.
Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the healthcare bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway. Their attitude shows Washington at its very worst – the presumption that they know best, and they’re going to get their way whether the American people like it or not.
And, when politicians start thinking like that, they don’t let anything get in their way – not public opinion, not the rules of fair play, not even their own promises.
They pledged transparency. Instead, we have a healthcare bill tainted by secrecy, concealed cost, and full of backroom deals – and that’s just not right. They should do better. The American people expect more.
Brown does an excellent job in framing the argument against Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama and their arrogant pass-the-bill-at-any-cost approach. Brown also shows that he’s not afraid to stand up to the statists and stand with the GOP when it counts.