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A Mind of Their Own

February 23, 2010 - Joselyn King

Much like the weather, everybody talks about bi-partisanship, but seemingly nobody does anything about it.

That was until Tuesday, when five U.S. Senate Republicans dared vote in favor of a jobs bill, eliminating the potential for a Republican filibuster.

The merits of the bill? It's going to cost a lot -- about $15 billion,as much as $154 billion under the House version. The measure includes a tax credit for small businesses to offset payroll taxes, and includes a new program that would give companies a break from paying Social Security taxes on new employees for the remainder of 2010.

But the merits are a separate argument, and that's just the point. The bill will be argued, as it should.

And those five senators should be commended for breaking ranks from the pressure of their political party -- Republicans Scott Brown of Massachucetts, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, George Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher "Kit" Bond of Missouri.

Brown especially has been criticized by those supporters who felt he would fall unquestioningly and blindly into line with conservative thought.

Maybe he does represent a new breed in Congress, which could be refreshing.

The "nay sayers" need to accept some may disagree with them sometimes.


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