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ProgressMass Reminds Massachusetts of Scott Brown's Advice: "You Have to Listen to Governor Mitt Romney"

 

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2012
Contact: Mathew Helman, Communications Director
E-mail: mathew@progressmass.org, Cell: 617-821-8004

BOSTON - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is closing in on the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination after a victory yesterday in the Illinois Republican primary.  Today, ProgressMass is using the occasion to remind Massachusetts voters of Republican Senator Scott Brown's advice offered during his introduction of Romney at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference:

"Let me give you a piece of advice.  And it's something that I think of regularly when I think of my challenges here in Washington.  If you want to fix something that's broken, especially dealing with economic policies, you have to listen to Governor Mitt Romney."

In a new video released this morning on YouTube and entitled "Scott Brown's Piece of Advice," ProgressMass uses the above quote as the lead-in to a series of video excerpts of Mitt Romney laying out his economic policies and philosophies.  Of course, while Scott Brown may listen to Mitt Romney when it comes to these economic policies, they seem to be quite out of touch with Massachusetts voters.

 

Brown reiterated his adherence to Romney's economic policies earlier this week during an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, when Brown said, "When it comes to dealing with the economic issues, there's no one I would trust more than Governor Romney."

Featured in ProgressMass' new YouTube video are direct statements from Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, including:

Scott Brown, Conservative Political Action Conference, 2/18/10

Let me give you a piece of advice.  And it's something that I think of regularly when I think of my challenges here in Washington.  If you want to fix something that's broken, especially dealing with economic policies, you have to listen to Governor Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney, Editorial Board with Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/17/11

Don't try and stop the foreclosure process.  Let it run its course and hit the bottom.

Mitt Romney, Interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's The Today Show, November 2008

Lauer: You were very blunt about this in an op-ed you wrote in the New York Times on Wednesday.  Let me read how you began it.  You said, quote, if General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler get the bail-out that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.

Romney: If you write a check, they're going to go out of business.

Mitt Romney, Interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, 12/18/11

Wallace: You talk about helping the middle class, but your plan that would eliminate the tax on capital gains and dividends doesn't help them.  A recent study showed that a family making $75,000 a year, in terms of what they would receive by eliminating capital gains and dividends, $167, sir.

Romney: Well, first of all, $167 is not zero.

Mitt Romney, Excerpt from the Winning Our Future documentary "King of Bain: When Mitt Romney Came to Town"

For an economy to thrive as ours does, there are a lot of people who will suffer as a result of that.

Scott Brown, Interview with Piers Morgan on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, 3/19/12

Well, I know that when it comes to dealing with the economic issues, there's no one I would trust more than Governor Romney.

Mitt Romney, Interview with Soledad O'Brien on CNN, 2/1/12

I'm not concerned about the very poor.

Mitt Romney, Campaign Appearance at the Iowa State Fair, 8/11/11

Corporations are people, my friend.

Mitt Romney, Campaign Appearance at a Nashua, NH, Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, 1/9/12

I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.

Massachusetts voters should further question why Scott Brown so eagerly embraces Mitt Romney's economic policies given that Massachusetts ranked 47th in job creation during Romney's one term as Governor, and given that Romney promotes an economic plan that cuts taxes on the wealthiest Americans while increasing taxes on low-income earners, privatizing Medicare, and cutting Social Security benefits.

Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog, 7/9/11, "The Poseur," Steve Benen

Complicating matters, during Romney's only service in public office, his state's record on job creation was "one of the worst in the country." How bad was it? During his tenure, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 states in jobs growth.

CBS News, 3/2/12, "Analysis: Romney tax plan strongly favors the rich," Brian Montopoli

Mitt Romney's new tax plan strongly favors the wealthiest Americans, offering earners in the top 20 percent an average tax cut of more than $16,000 while raising taxes on the bottom 20 percent of earners, according to an analysis from a non-partisan Washington think tank.

The analysis out Thursday from the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution think tanks, finds that under Romney's plan the bottom 20 percent would see their average federal tax rate increase $149, or 1.3 percent.

The top 20 percent, meanwhile, would see an average tax cut of $16,134 -- a 5.4 percent reduction in their tax rate. The top one percent of earners would see their average tax rate fall by nearly $150,000 per year, and the top 0.1 percent would see a reduction of more than $725,000.

Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog, 11/4/11, "Romney Proposes to Privatize Medicare," Jonathan Weisman

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney waded into the hot-button issue of Medicare, proposing to offer future seniors a choice between the current fee-for-service health plan or a voucher to purchase health insurance plans offered by private insurance companies.

The proposal, offered to conservative activists Friday afternoon, would be similar to one proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin earlier this year...

Crooks and Liars, 2/13/12, "Mitt Romney Tells CPAC He'll Cut Social Security Benefits, Begin Prviatizing Medicare," Kenneth Quinnell

Echoing what he told a Koch Brothers audience in November, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he would cut Social Security benefits and that he would make changes to Medicare that would effectively begin the privatization of the program.

 

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