Thumbs Up Rob Portman, Thumbs Down Sherrod Brown
July 21, 2011
Just a quick report on my (Ohio’s) two senators, from my communications with them yesterday about the debt-ceiling fight:
I called Senator Portman’s office and immediately reached a real person. The staffer seemed unprepared to discuss policy details apart from particular proposals, but as to the particular proposals currently on the table, he assured me that Senator Portman would support Senator Lee’s version of “Cut, Cap, and Balance”, and that he would not support the “Gang of Six” proposal (more on that here).
I both called and e-mailed Senator Brown. After waiting on hold for about fifteen minutes, I reached a staffer who noted my opinions. He observed that a lot of people have been calling in with similar comments. This morning, I got an e-mail back from Senator Brown’s office, a form letter with some of his views on policy. It had some good things in there, but also bluntly admitted that he wants to raise taxes. (Maybe I should at least give him credit for his honesty—or maybe, if this is what he’s willing to put in a don’t-offend-anyone form letter to his constituents, how much worse will his actual votes on policy be?)
“Second, we need to ask the very wealthiest Americans to contribute more toward deficit reduction.” I don’t want to say that Senator Brown’s position is logically indistinguishable from Communism. But I have yet to hear him or other liberals explain how much would be too much on their view, the point beyond which they have no right to confiscate the property of “the rich” to support their spending habit.