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Warren would bolster enterprise, not harm it

To the editor:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recent mailing told Massachusetts voters: “No other candidate in 2012 represents a greater threat to free enterprise than Professor Warren.”

Meanwhile, Scott Brown has claimed that Warren’s legal work for Travelers Insurance proved that she was on the side of big corporations.

But neither of these charges — which contradict one another — is even close to the truth.

In 2009, Warren testified before Congress that she favored a Consumer Financial Protection Agency because it was needed for “a well-functioning market” that “increases efficiencies and produces prosperity.”

That’s about fixing free enterprise, not destroying it. And her work for Travelers with the Bankruptcy Court was to help launch a fund to compensate asbestos victims, not to get a big corporation off the hook.

The U.S. Chamber’s groundless scare tactics and Brown’s misrepresentation suggest that they lack more sensible arguments to support their positions. Our local chambers of commerce should repudiate the national organization’s ludicrous claim.

And anyone who prefers reasoned argument to false accusations should make a choice based on the candidate’s actual positions.

Brown calls for repealing the Affordable Health Care Act and rejects any tax increase on our wealthiest citizens; Warren wants to make the market fair and focus on the needs of poor and middle-class Americans. That’s the real choice.

Stephanie A. Levin

Northampton

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