July 2010

From the The Morning Journal (serving Northern Ohio) where you can read it all:

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, has been picked for a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee which holds the purse strings, so to speak, on much federal spending.

That is a powerful position in the nation’s capital, and we hope Brown wields his financial powers wisely. To our mind, that would mean doing everything possible to moderate the out-of-control gusher of federal spending unleashed by the Obama Administration and a willing Congress.

The D.C. crowd has to stop spending money the United States must borrow from the Chinese, leaving a titanic bill for our children and their descendants to pay plus interest. The swelling debt threatens our nation’s future and inhibits economic recovery from the recession.

But given the tone of Brown’s own announcement of his committee appointment, we don’t have much hope of him cracking down on irresponsible spending.

Don’t bother trying to get Sherrod Brown to crack down on irresponsible spending. I think he likes irresponsible spending. The problem is that he has no conception of what is and is not responsible when it comes to the government dollar.

Paraphrasing P.J. O’Rourke (I think), putting Sherrod Brown on the appropriations committee is like giving a teenager the car keys and a credit card.


With Ohio’s empty-suit Senator, one must keep things simple. This ad explains the stimulus so clearly and simply that even Sherrod Brown might understand.

Don’t count on it, though.

Of course, all economics are beyond Sherrod Brown.

I’m sure Senator Sherrod Brown failed to appreciate the irony that he appeared in Brooklyn, Ohio, to celebrate the first empty suit off the Hugo Boss line (the first after reaching an agreement that keeps the plant open).

From one empty suit to another, I guess.