Leading liberal tells Salon about Republican duplicity, the left's future and how his young self would see him nowElias Isquith
As Salon noted earlier this month, one of the very first things the new all-GOP Congress did (literally on day one) was to make an arcane rule change that many say could result ultimately in cutting Social Security. While a number of liberal groups and groups devoted to protecting Social Security (not always one-and-the-same) immediately sent up a warning cry, few politicians have been as forceful in their denunciation of the move as Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who recently described the move as “dangerous” and warned it will “set the stage to cut benefits for seniors and disabled Americans.”
To hear more from the senator about Social Security’s imperiled future, as well as what he and his fellow Democrats in the Senate will try to do to preserve it, Salon spoke with Brown over the phone yesterday. In addition to Social Security, our conversation touched on House Democrats’ ambitious new plan to cut taxes for the middle class, Antonio Weiss’ decision to withdraw his nomination to the Treasury, and Brown’s reaction to recently unearthed letters of his from his youth decrying then-President Nixon and championing social justice. Our conversation is below and has been lightly edited for clarity and length.