, Newburyport, MA


November 2, 2012

Letter about Sen. Brown was misleading

To the Editor:

Stanley Liffmann’s letter dated Oct. 24, caused me to reflect on and evaluate his allegations on Senator Brown. It is certainly misleading to suggest that Scott Brown had anything to do with the death of people, directly or indirectly, from contaminated medicines from New England Compounding Co. (NECC). The fault must squarely rest with FDA. That’s what we pay them for.

Senator Brown has never said he wanted to deregulate FDA or CDC or any agency that has to do with health safety. No one would dispute that there has to be some regulations on business and commerce. The concern is about regulations upon regulations on small businesses to the point that they are not as productive and, therefore, can’t create additional jobs, such as a plumbing company or, say, the better mouse trap company. It has nothing to do with eliminating or reducing the function of the FDA. Senator Brown is pro-business, alright, just as President Obama is anti-business with the piling on of regulations.

He says that Brown only went “to bat” for NECC for the money. Let’s see! Politicians get money from businesses, and individuals, and organizations. So after having represented a party on an issue, many of whom make contributions to his campaign, the same party gets into trouble later on couldn’t be said he only went “to bat” for the money. It’s not at all unusual for politicians to represent their constituents (go “to bat”). That’s part of their job.

Senator Brown is a moderate politician, according to the Boston Globe, in the same vein as Maine’s retiring Republican Senator Olympia Snow, the much admired moderate and independent thinker.

Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard University professor, who is hoping to un-seat Senator Brown, is a doctrinaire liberal who believes in bigger government, bigger spending, bigger regulations, and bigger taxes. It’s not a prescription to better small businesses, however. In the large multinational companies, if the government’s regulations become too onerous, they simply move their business out of the USA. Joe the plumber can’t.

Gurney J. Arnold


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