Letter: Brown doesn’t sound so independent
Re “What I’ve heard in New Hampshire: Obamacare is a mess” (Monitor Forum, March 27):
Former senator Scott Brown wrote “Now, I don’t pretend to have all the answers to everything, but I do know this much: If we want to get rid of Obamacare . . .”
Now, I don’t pretend to know everything about my former senator, but I do know that while campaigning in Massachusetts, Brown pretended to be a centrist operating independently from the national GOP machine. However, anyone still talking about “getting rid” of Obamacare isn’t independent of the national GOP platform and isn’t in touch with reality.
While he was senator, the national GOP denied climate change. Brown, formerly a strong Massachusetts environmentalist, hewed to the party line and voted to stop EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and to cut their budget. He voted to deter the military’s efforts to use alternative energies and voted against carbon pricing legislation to tax polluters, and voted to continue tax subsidies for fossil fuel producers. He supports fracking. He supports piping Canadian tar sands crude oil through the U.S. to refineries for shipment overseas.
If Brown wants to demonstrate he can represent New Hampshire, he should campaign against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen by criticizing her for not doing enough on climate change. He should explain what he would do differently and why he supports Republican Massachusetts economist Greg Mankiw’s proposal for a revenue-neutral carbon tax with border adjustments because studies showed it would create jobs and boost the economy while reducing emissions.