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"Push the Re-Set Button"

Dear Editor:

It's no surprise that candidates for elective office rely on consultants to help them create vote-getting images. Take Mitt Romney who has been advised by Eric Fehrnstrom since before the candidate's first run for president in 2008. Eric, this image-maker genius, now let the cat out of the bag by his suggested method of wiping the slate clean of whatever the client said early in the campaign: "Push the reset button on your Etch-a-Sketch gizmo and you have a new whiteboard for painting a fresh image. It's reusable and also available to others."

To Senator Scott Brown, for instance. He badly needs to refresh his image as a man of the people; maybe he has to put his truck on the road again. But what first needs to be wiped off the screen is Scott Brown's service in the army of the one-per-centers, the banks and the very well-to-do. Consider some of Scott Brown's stands that must be embarrassing in the looming contest with Elizabeth Warren, the indefatigable fighter against abuses in consumer finance that brought financial ruin to millions of Americans. Scott Brown, on:

• July 5, 2001 voted against The Sense of the Senate on Shared Sacrifice Resolution stating that millionaires and billionaires should make a more meaningful contribution to the deficit-reduction effort.

•Oct. 11, 2011 filibustered the American Jobs Act. This proposed law would have thwarted layoffs of tens of thousands of public service employees and given businesses tax reductions to avoid layoffs.

•Oct. 20, 2011 filibustered the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act. This proposed law was cobbled together from elements of the failed Middle Class Tax cut Act.

•Nov. 3, 2011 filibustered The Rebuild America Jobs Act, fashioned from other parts of the failed American Jobs Act focused on repairing bridges and roads and paid for by a surtax of 0.7% on incomes over $1 million.

•Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, 2011 filibustered The Middle Class Tax Cut Act which is fully paid for with a 1.9% surtax on people earning more than $1 million per year.

Senator Scott Brown - Champion of the Working People or Serial Filibusterer of measures to put unemployed folks to work again?

You decide, and don't forget that Senator Brown does not favor sharing the tax burdens equitably among our wealthy citizens. He voted against taxing them an additional $7,000 per million of annual income - first million exempted - even if the process were to go toward putting unemployed people to work fixing roads and bridges.

Give me a break!

Cordially,

Emil Rechsteiner

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