December 6th, 2010
09:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Brown sounds off on tax proposal

(CNN)–Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown had choice words about the tax deal struck between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans announced Monday night. He appeared on CNN's "John King, USA" following the president's press conference, which gave an overview of the deal.

Brown told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "In essence it borrows 700 billion dollars from China, charges it, puts it on our children and grandchildren's credit cards and gives it to the wealthiest two percent tax payers."

The senator expressed frustration over the details of the deal, which extends tax cuts for two years, saying "People say Washington doesn't listen enough. It's clear what the public was saying is 'Keep the tax cut going for the middle class.'"

And asked whether he thought Obama "caved," Brown responded "He came to an agreement that I don't agree with. I think he could have gotten a better agreement."

Brown also took aim at congressional leaders, declaring that "It's just hypocrisy from a whole lot of people in this institution that sing with that upper class accent."

Brown's seat is up for re-election in 2012. Saying, "I join most of America, I think, that this is not the right way to go," he continued, "I think the standup and fight attitude is running pretty rampant in the country and in our caucus."


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. terry, va

    The government never had this money nor should they have counted on it. Mama always said don't count your chickens before they hatch. When are the dumbocraps going to realize they take the peoples' money in the form of taxes. We don't take their money. In this case we are just keeping what we have the last 10 years. So piss off Brown and the dumbocraps.

    December 6, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. AnnieL

    This Democrat is a real Democrat. Thank you Mr. Brown. Wish there were more like him. The Party Of, By and For the Rich got what they wanted. They just kicked the debt problem down the road another two years so they should have not a single word more to say debt. Of course, we knew they were never serious about it except as it relates to cutting spending that helps the middle class hang on and the poor get a leg up. They will keep on screaming "The Debt, The Debt!" until they have dismantled Social Security and Medicare that so many middle Americans depend on. Just watch.

    December 6, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    What the Democratic senator does NOT address is the DESTINATION of the China-borrowed or rich-taxed money.
    Whether government money is from loans, taxes, or White-House-basement printing presses, I don't want ANY of it going to support people whose hardest work of the day is comprehending the Oprah show and walking to the corner to buy beer and pot.

    December 6, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Middle Class voter

    "In essence it borrows 700 billion dollars from China, charges it, puts it on our children and grandchildren's credit cards and gives it to the wealthiest two percent tax payers."

    Where are the tea party traitors now, and why aren't they speaking out?
    I guess birth certifiicates and skin color doesn't matter when Republicans screw the country over.

    December 6, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Topgun2048

    Words could not express the disappointment in Obama. What a huge setback to the Democratic party. Not only did good Democrats lose their seats this past election. Obama benefits on their backs and continues to show how really weak he is. What a WHIMP. Bring Bush back! This guy will never get my support or that of my constituensts if he is running in 2012. I could not defend this lack of knowledge or one liners at the expense of the Middle Class that he is hiding behind. Good politics but I can see right through it. Disgusting to say it mildly.

    December 6, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Topgun2048

    Words could not express the disappointment in Obama. What a huge setback to the Democratic party. Not only did good Democrats lose their seats this past election. Obama benefits on their backs and continues to show how really weak he is. What a WHIMP. Bring Bush back! This guy will never get my support or that of my constituents if he is running in 2012. I could not defend this lack of knowledge or one liners at the expense of the Middle Class that he is hiding behind. Good politics but I can see right through it. Disgusting to say it mildly.

    December 6, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Let all the tax cuts expire, and that would pay for the unemployment extensions.

    It is time we all paid our share and not just the men and women fighting and dying in 2 wars.

    December 6, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. cmkc

    Reagan’s former budget director, David Stockman - “In 1985, the wealthiest 5 percent had a net worth of $8 trillion, which is a lot. Today, the top 5 percent have a net worth of $40 trillion,” Stockman says. “The top 5 percent have gained more wealth than the whole human race had created prior to 1980.” Yeah, just what they need another tax break while we in the middle class just try and break even. Disappointed in this compromise (cave-in)

    December 6, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. rdepontb

    THANK YOU, Senator Brown, for your decency, logic, and conscience. And guts. This nation has, sadly, been damaged by Obama's conciliatory overkill.

    December 6, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. Linda

    I hope the tea-party people will realize what they voted for November 2. So much for stopping run-away spending. I haven't heard one republican mention jobs since they were voted in. You people got fooled, once again. I didn't agree with the tax cut bill either, but I do understand. It's the little people that the president cares about and this was the only way he could help them out. We will see how many jobs the tax-cuts for the 2 percent will bring about. I hope you idiots have to suffer for the next two years. Maybe by then, you will have seen what fools you are.

    December 6, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Edward Nashville, TN

    I think they should have cut off tax cuts for anyone making over $500,000 and called it a day.

    December 6, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. Tony T

    Someone tell Brown its not $700B, it is $70B a year for 2 years. And to stow the "puts it on our children and grandchildren" line, where was he the last 2 years when he was spending like a drunken sailor??

    December 6, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. cettel

    Obama is the Manchurian candidate, a closet Republican.

    December 6, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Senator Brown is correct. There is a problem with this, but the deal needs to be looked at. I don't like it either. I wish the president could have gotten more out of the GOP, but I have to be realistic about it getting passed through the House and Senate.

    December 6, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. Pat

    Filibuster it! Don't give in. Why are Democrats always giving in when Republicans never do? I am a lifelong Democrat and I am sick and tired of most Dems being spineless. You would never see any Rep. do this! Grow some and start standing for what we put you there for!

    December 6, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. teresa

    Sen Brown can make his house payment. He has a job! Those of us who are unemployed can not wait for the dems to decide whether they are going to help the president or not. He should look at his colleagues who voted with the repubs! They are the ones who abandoned this country! The president can not fight with one hand tied behind his back because all of the dems did not vote against this!

    December 6, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    It's interesting that Brown is from Ohio, one of the states hardest hit by unemployment. Is he satisfied with the 'official ' 9.8% level of unemployment and the success Democrats have had using their strategy of extending unemployment benefits to address this issue?!?!

    Sorry, Senator Brown, but it's time to put Americans back to work! That's what Americans said in November elections.

    December 6, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. paulbark

    We know the GOP doesn't care about deficit reduction. They'll go further into debt to cover tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. What a joke.

    December 6, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Kill all of Bush's tax cuts we can't afford them. ITs not that much money anyhow. All Bush wanted to do was sink this country and make sure his rich friends got taken care of. Well, we can't afford it. Pay for unemployment insurance, and declare war on the GOP.

    December 6, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  20. Julie C

    I share the outrage. Very sad for our country that the middle class was held hostage by the GOP. The majority of Americans wanted to end the Bush cuts for the wealthy, yet the GOP got their way once again and can now pay back those who supported them,the wealthiest 2%. If the truth isn't known by now just who the GOP supports, then shame on all of us!

    December 6, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  21. Louise JP

    l wonder if Mr.Brown ever thought perhaps the government should just stop overspending taxpayers dollars, you know real people have to make choices. and why should not all tax payers keep their tax cuts! enough of this chicken crap with class envy the democrats love to play out. America should be the land of the free and allow people the chance to move upward!

    December 7, 2010 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  22. Greater Good

    Something's fairly rotten when Republicans invoke polls and claim to speak for the majority of American people, EXCEPT on this key issue. Most Americans want tax breaks for the middle class, NOT the upper class, and yet GOP Senators suddenly are tone deaf to ths wishes of the populace.

    To the average wage earningTea Party folks, where are you on this? You just gonna sit back and watch as the rich rake in more cash at your expense? Did tax breaks for billionaires and well-off dead people help the economy fluorish from 2001-2010? Why do you think it'll work now? And you say you hate Socialism? Well, guess what? You got yourselves corporate socialsim: more $ for CEO's and their off shore accounts, and more borrowing from China. Maybe you'll come to your senses by 2012 and care more about your pocket book and the future of your families than the color of your President's skin.

    December 7, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  23. Not fooled

    I feel the frustration but it's not 700 billion because it's for 2 years. So it's 140 billion. President Obama was held hostage by the Republicans because they threatened to do nothing else till the tax cuts are solved. He can not VETO because he needs the majority in both the House and Senate. Which I believe he would have had if it were not for the filibuster that needed 60 votes. They need to get rid of that fillibuster rule and make it the majority rules.

    December 7, 2010 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  24. Colorodan

    Thanks Senator Brown for being willing to tell the truth about this. What a sham? Doesn't anyone think that we really can't afford the tax cut for the wealthy OR the extension in unemployment benefits. Could I be the only one in America who feels this way?

    December 7, 2010 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  25. anthony

    Republicans will ignore the 700 billion cost, because they always ignore the cost when tax cuts are involved. Unfortunately the cost goes into the national debt, whether Republicans ignore it or not. Well, Republicans actually won't ignore the consequence. They will blame Democrats for the debt. They will claim that the health care bill and the stimulus program are the sources of the huge deficit, even though the expenditures on these items will be about 100 billion in 2011 (out of the 1.3-1.4 trillion deficit projected for 2011). This is why Boehner said that restoring spending to 2008 level will save 100 billion. That is the amount that will be spent in 2011 on programs started by Obama. Republicans are like an arsonist who set a fire that burned down a house, then blaming the owner of the house for not putting out the fire.

    December 7, 2010 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
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