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Screen shot of a butcher shop in Ireland featured in Scott Brown's
The Dublin, Ireland butcher Scott Brown is promoting.
Mini-Mitt Scott Brown has at long last found a real issue to campaign on, though he might be on shaky ground pushing this message.
Brown, the incumbent Republican senator, plans today to kick off his “thank-you for building this” series of campaign events, stopping by Commodore Builders in Framingham to drop off coffee and bagels and thank the employers and employees for their work.

“America’s small businesses are the cornerstone of the American economy and their success is what will lead us to economic recovery, not Washington, D.C.,” Brown said in a statement issued Thursday. “It’s the creativity, ingenuity and work ethic of the American people that has made our country great. We should be celebrating small business and encouraging their success, not demonizing it.”

Brown, of course, is arguing that "liberal Harvard professor" Elizabeth Warren is "demonizing" small business, as specious a proposition as the original cut and paste job the Romney campaign did on President Obama. What Scott Brown won't tell the workers he's talking to in his campaign events is that he, Romney, and the rest of the Republicans don't have a plan for jobs, for the economy, or for the middle class. What he's not telling these workers is that the Republican tax plan will hike their taxes.

And what he won't tell those workers is that when his campaign went out to find images for his bizarre web ad, they didn't hire local hard-working and entrepreneurial photographers to find the best local businesses and highlight their proprietors. Nope, he's using stock footage that features overseas businesses.

In one scene, a beaming chef is shown before he flips ingredients in a frying pan over an open flame, while President Gerald Ford praises American capitalism. According to Getty Images, the kitchen is located in Barcelona, Spain, a country currently stuck in its second recession in three years.

In two other scenes, video portraits depict a butcher standing in the doorway of his shop and another worker posing in front of a delivery truck full of boxes. Both clips were filmed in Dublin, according to Getty Images.

Brown could have prominently featured some of Massachusetts home-grown businesses, maybe giving them a bit of a boost in tough economic times by giving them some free advertising. If Scott Brown feels so strongly about the sanctity of local small businesses, why isn't he putting his campaign money where his mouth is? And why is he supporting policies that will ultimately hurt them? (Those are rhetorical questions, by the way. The answer is, of course, because he's a Republican.)

Boot Brown. Donate $3 to Elizabeth Warren's campaign. Do it for American small businesses.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 10:04 AM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans, Shamrock American Kossacks, and Daily Kos.

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