Posted by | December 6, 2010 17:41 | Filed under: Top Stories

Retiring Senator George Voinovich of Ohio says he will oppose extending the George W. Bush tax cuts, and he is the first senator to state opposition to any extension of the cuts.

“As I look at my experience, I believe that if this thing goes through and we extend it, we will kick this thing down the road,” Voinovich said in an interview after addressing an Aspen Institute roundtable in Washington. “It’s completely irresponsible.”

Voinovich has bucked his party on the tax-cut issue before. He was the only Republican senator to oppose the cuts when they were first proposed in 2000. Three years later, he joined with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) in opposing President George W. Bush’s proposed $700-billion tax-cut package, eventually succeeding in bringing the price tag down to $350 billion.

“The American people should know that a lot of the reduction of their taxes is borrowed money from China,” he said. “You’ve got to pay for it. You’ve got to pay for it. You’ve got to pay for it.”

He said that “a lot of people” in the Senate have told them they agree with him on the issue, although most of them are in a tough spot politically as opposing any extension of the cuts would allow taxes to rise at a time when the economy is still struggling.

So, it takes someone not playing politics, and unconcerned about reelection to do the right thing.

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