Earlier this week, Sen. Brown voted in support of a procedural measure on Harry Reid's so-called "Jobs Bill," generating understandable ire. It certainly didn't help matters that Majority Leader Reid gleefully acknowledged Brown's support on the floor of the Senate after receiving word of the bipartisan support. And just yesterday, Brown and twelve 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 Sen. 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 their 20 percent cross-over, especially when compared to 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 which will be applauded by so many of his constituents, and we should fairly acknowledge that there were Republican ideas in this bill as well.