We can break the Democrats' 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in January

Joe KennedyYes, it is possible to break the Democrats' filibuster-proof hold on the US Senate well before the November 2010 elections. It can be done as early as January 19th, 2010 because Massachusetts' special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat.

In liberal Massachusetts, Democrats out-register Republicans 37% to 11%, but more voters register as Independent than both parties combined.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appointed longtime Kennedy confidante Paul Kirk in September to fill the seat until the January special election.

Republicans/Conservatives are left with two choices... Republican Scott Brown and Independent Joe Kennedy (no relation to Ted Kennedy).  Read on; I'll get into which one is the best candidate, depending on where you stand.

Dec 30th, 8 p.m.: Deadline to register for the election. Massachusetts conservatives, if you haven't registered to vote yet, DO IT NOW!

Some call Scott Brown a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and some of his votes reflect that, although his spoken/written positions don't.  Plus the fact that Brown is the choice of the RNC, leaves some conservatives to doubt if he is the right choice, especially since the fiasco in NY-23.

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Scott Brown: Brown has a lot of name recognition being a State Senator and a seasoned politician.  He markets himself as a fiscal conservative and has many Republicans (all 14% of them) in MA very excited.  He is clearly the front runner although his ability to beat the Democrat Martha Coakley is very questionable.  Here is what we know about Scott Brown.

  • Supported and still supports RomneyCare.  Universal medical coverage here in Massachusetts and clearly responsible for insurance rates climbing double digits in the past several years.  He believes that all Americans deserve health coverage and blames the failure of RomneyCare on the current governor. Perplexing at best.
  • Voted to override proposition 2 1/2 in Wrentham.  Proposition 2 1/2 is designed to keep real estate taxes in check, yet the fiscal conservative felt that supporting an override to extract more money out of Wrentham residents "made sense".
  • Opposed Question 1 in 2008, the ballot initiative to abolish the state income tax.  Scott Brown was a special guest on the Michelle McPhee show on 96.9 where he publicly slammed Question 1 and labeled it as radical and irresponsible.  Ask yourself a simple question.  What kind of politician opposes a ballot initiative to return 5.3% of taxpayer's income back to them?  Especially when you consider that it represents a 12 billion dollar cut from a budget of 50 billion.  I think most would agree that there is more than 20% waste in state governments. 

Joe Kennedy:  Joe Kennedy is running as an independent, but is also endorsed by the Libertarian party.  Obviously Mr. Kennedy is an outsider and a major underdog as his name recognition is non-existent and officially not recognized as running by the two party loving media.  However he just completed the signature drive and will at least be on the ballot and therefore deserves an examination.

On his website, Kennedy markets himself as a true free-market believer and has the following positions. Unfortunately most positions are strictly in video format and do not contain a corresponding written synopsis.

  • Wants to alleviate small business burdens, like the RomneyCare mandates.
  • Wants to take away federal control of Marijuana and hand it over to the state.  It would be nice if other drugs were mentioned.
  • Wants to significantly reduce Federal involvement in health care and setup Medical Savings Accounts such that health expenses become 100% tax deductible.  This appears to be an extension on HSAs and is a great proposal with our current tax code. 
  • Wants to dismantle the welfare system and focus on job creation and tax credits for charities.  While the job creation aspect is a bit questionable the idea to encourage and promote charities is admirable.  After all, early America's charity system worked wonders in aspects of education, health care and other social needs.  With our current tax code this is the next best step.
  • Wants to alleviate credit to promote lending to small businesses as a mechanism for job creation.

After reading up on the positions and voting records, I have come to the conclusion that Joe Kennedy is the best choice; Scott Brown is the "lesser-of-two-evils" choice. Either would be a better choice than ultra-liberal Martha Coakley. You don't hear much about Joe Kennedy in the media, which should tell you something. The lame-stream-media wants you to vote for Brown, just like they wanted us to vote for McCain. Look what that got us. Don't fall for it. Conservatives need to show the RNC we are not going to back any more big-government RINO candidates. Vote Joe Kennedy!

Boston Tea Party endorses Joe Kennedy for US Senate

Joe Kennedy Facebook Fan Page

Darryl Perry: ‘A Kennedy Even Libertarians can Support: Joe Kennedy for US Senate’

Libertarian independent candidate Joe Kennedy will be in at least three more debates in Massachusetts US Senate special election

Rich Rubino at Politics DMZ: ‘Yes, Joe Kennedy can win the Massachusetts U.S. Senate Race’

Joe Kennedy for US Senate 

 

 

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