Scott Brown (R-MA) hears from 500+ to focus on jobs

Sen. Scott Brown has refused to do town hall meetings, preferring instead to go on an invite-only "jobs tour". So locals from Massachusetts decided they needed to show up and make their voices heard that Brown needed to focus on actually creating jobs, instead of cutting essential programs that Massachusetts depends on. More than five hundred people showed up outside a $1000 a head fundraiser for Brown in Boston, and they were definitely loud enough to be heard inside the event.And yesterday, when Brown went on an official hike in a state park near Amherst, he encountered dozens of people who urged him to let the Bush tax cuts expire and use the revenue for job-creating investments. Amazingly, he called the sunset clauses for the Bush tax cuts, which are on the books and as real as you and I, purely "hypothetical" and accused one of the protestors of just making things up.

Mittelman pressed Brown on the tax cuts for the highest-earning Americans adopted during the first term of President George W. Bush, which are due to expire at the end of 2012. She asked, "If we do nothing, they will expire and by my way of thinking that's not a tax increase. What are your thoughts about that?"

Brown responded by saying that he was waiting on the newly formed joint committee on deficit reduction to come forward with a proposal before making up his mind. That did not satisfy Mittelman.

"I'm asking what you think right now," Mittelman demanded.

"It's very difficult to get into a hypothetical that's not there," Brown replied.

"They're going to expire - can we just let them expire?" Mittelman asked, her voice rising.

"If the commission can make their recommendation and we'll have an up-and-down vote depending on what the rest of the bill includes, we'll see. But you can't just make things up," Brown said.

Afterward, Mittelman said she felt Brown had evaded her question, saying "I don't think it's a hypothetical."

"He just talked about jobs in generalities. I think we need more revenue," she said. "I don't think it's just a tightening of one's belt, tax-cut situation. To solve the deficit we need more revenue and if we let the Bush tax cuts expire we'd have more revenue."

More and more members of Congress are getting a united message from Americans that we need them to finally start focusing on job-creating programs, and to fund those programs by making the rich pay their fair share.

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