WASHINGTON — As the growing number of Democratic presidential candidates push expensive plans on health care, the environment and education, Sen. Sherrod Brown has adopted a more pragmatic approach as he considers jumping into the race for next year’s nomination. . . .
“There is a lot of thinking on the Democratic side that Republicans didn’t rein in their wish lists on tax cuts, so why not go into the next election with a big agenda,” said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Washington-based Concord Coalition, which favors reducing the deficit. . . .
“We start into this process in a deep hole,” Bixby said. “Even if everything is paid for, we are on an unsustainable course. So going deeper and deeper in debt with new programs makes that even more unsustainable.”