WHEN SCOTT Brown was running for the Senate seat he now holds, he ballyhooed his campaign as one for the “people’s seat,’’ putting down the idea that it was the “Kennedy seat.’’ He, of course, had a point. No seat in the US Senate comes with anyone’s name on it. Each seat is supposed to be the people’s seat, the people’s vote determining who holds each one.
Funny how things changed once the campaign is over. By his vote last week in favor of the amendment to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to adequately enforce the Clean Air Act, Senator Brown shows that he is only too willing to let corporate interests for ever-increasing profits trump the people’s need for clean air. I’m talking about air that is not filled with pollutants and toxins that undermine the health of all who breathe it — you know, the people’s air.
Brown probably remembers where a large share of his campaign financing came from: the likes of the Koch brothers and others in the fossil fuel industry, to whom any government regulation is anathema. So this looks like payback, with hopes for more campaign contributions in 2012, and the public’s need for clean air be damned.
People’s seat indeed.
Linda M. Clark