Does Sherrod Share Your Priorities?

Proving once again my amateur partisan hack status, I’m only now getting to a Sherrod Brown “news” item from mid-March. Early this year Senator Brown’s staff posted a survey on the web for Ohioans to tell Sherrod their priorities. Though a web form is an unscientific thing, I doubt Team Brown loved the results:

“Federal Deficit” isn’t a worry Sherrod Brown wants voters to have going into the 2012 election cycle. “Protecting Medicare and Social Security” is a winner for Brown, but only if the GOP is totally inept. Same goes for “Affordable Health Care.”

Visit the Issues section of Senator Brown’s website, and you’ll notice there’s no issue page for the deficit or the budget. Make of that what you will. Here’s a highlight from the generically titled “The Economy” issue page:

Ohio’s middle class will benefit from economic policies that promote our state’s clean energy manufacturers and push our nation to implement fair trade policies.  Ohio’s families and small businesses will benefit from health insurance reform that reduces costs for family budgets and improves the sustainability of our national economy.

Green energy boondoggles, trade protectionism, and the government-first fiscal madness of Obamacare. Great. Here are some of Senator Brown’s employment initiatives:

In June 2009, the increase in the federal minimum wage to $7.25 took effect, representing a major step in the right direction for Ohio families.

Yes, a higher federal minimum wage means more pay… for the low-income folks who can find work in an economy where politicians determine the price of labor. But that’s not all!

We must do a better job of providing training and retraining to Ohio workers and matching those workers to jobs that need to be filled. The federal government needs to be fully engaged in this effort, and I am working to strengthen Workforce Investment Act programs that help workers prepare for and obtain good-paying jobs in our state.

I’m sure a 48th federal job training program would be as effective as the existing 47. Sherrod also knows how helpful unions are at creating jobs:

While this legislation has stalled in the Senate, I am working with my colleagues on developing strong labor law reform that ensures employers and workers have a safe, predictable environment to ensure free choice in forming a union.

If legislating “free choice in forming a union” by killing secret-ballot union elections passes for “Jobs” policy in Sherrod Brown’s mind, I shudder to think of his approach to the survey respondents’ other priorities!

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6 thoughts on “Does Sherrod Share Your Priorities?

  1. Wouldn't your preaching on fiscal responsibilty carry more credibility if you weren't a public employee enjoying unearned 3% pay raises and gobbling up almost $20,000 per year in health care and pension benefits on the taxpayer dime?

    • I'm a happily union-exempt administrative / professional employee at OSU. No step increase nonsense, I've never received a pay raise that wasn't tied to an annual performance review, and we've known since winter that we would get no raises for the coming fiscal year.

      Any other gripping insights, "guest"?

  2. Would you be willing to make a charitable donation equal to the difference in cost between your lavish taxpayer-funded healthcare/pension benefits and what private sector workers get?

    • That will have… what impact on the federal deficit, exactly?

      You seem to have wandered over here from one of my Senate Bill 5 posts. I'll donate a few bucks to the charity of your choice when you explain how it's possible for a non-union worker to be paid lavishly, when government unions are the lone firewall between public employees and starvation.

      • This is not about the deficit, but about general fairness. Why should private sector workers who get shabby health care and zero pension benefits have to pay for your incredibly generous public worker benefits through taxes?

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