Put aside, for a moment, the fact that Republican Scott Brown was attacking infrastructure investment to rebuild our bridges and roads on the five-year anniversary of the Minneapolis bridge collapse, in which “13 people died and another 145 were injured one of the worst bridge disasters in U.S. history.” Put aside, for a moment, the fact that, as of October 2010, Massachusetts was home to 475 “structurally deficient” bridges.
Let’s focus on the fact that, while Republican Scott Brown is basing his entire campaign on distortion after distortion after distortion, and while he is hurling mud at his opponent for making a simple statistical comparison to China, Brown himself has, on multiple occasions, unfavorably compared the America to China!
Back in November of 2010, Republican Scott Brown made a speech at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center. (Yes, the McConnell Center was established by the Republicans’ current Senate leader - effectively Brown’s “boss” in the Senate - Mitch McConnell.) During the speech, Brown made an interesting comparison:
And [Brown] urged that restrictions be eased on American businesses, saying the country can never compete globally as long as it takes 10 months to put up a building in China or India that would take up to four years to build here.
Uh oh. It sounds like Brown wants America to emulate China! But surely that is the only time he unfavorably compared America to China, right? Nope. Fast forward six months, and shift the scene from Louisville, Kentucky, to the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, Massachusetts, before the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce:
Problems stem from a number of places, [Brown] said. Thanks to layers of bureaucracy, it takes the U.S. years to build a 500,000-square-foot building that can be constructed in China in months, he said. Other countries are putting up wind turbines in a fraction of the time that states here are able to do the same thing, he said.
Wow! Republican Scott Brown sure sounds like he wants America to “be more like Communist China!”