Category Archives: Tom Coburn

Smart Savings

There are smart offsets to sequester cuts that would not devastate military training and readiness or hurt programs giving nutrition to the poor. Sequester has helped get our deficit under control despite the spendthrift, incompetent U. S. Senate. For 3 years, the GAO has been issuing a report requested by Oklahoma’s Senator Tom Coburn-R, showing the saving that could be had by stopping duplication of programs.  Money could actually go into programs instead of bureaucracy and the taxpayers could save many tens of billions a year.  These are cuts that everyone should welcome, yet only 22% of them have happened. Senator Chris Coons D-DE is on the budget conference committee, will he champion some smart cuts?

Back in the Black–Why I Heart Senator Coburn, Politically Speaking

Here is the man with real solutions to the real problems. The real problem in America is a corrupt ruling party. When President Obama, Senator Reid, and company refused to consider real solutions, they showed that they are 90% of the problem. Let's not pretend both parties are to blame. Republican leaders scored a victory for America. Democrats showed they are afraid of real leadership. The media made it all look like one big surface. The only adults in charge are the ones who actually cared about America's future. They bought us time. We owe them a debt of thanks because they tried to stop us owing an endless debt. Read more

New Primer on Government Inefficiency – ‘Fed Style’

Remember when $10 million dollars meant something? Nowadays, such denominations are merely rounding errors for many of our Federal Government agencies and their myriad profligate spending programs. In today's Wall Street Journal, reporter Damian Paletta reminds us in his 'Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway' article of how millions quickly add up to billions. Thanks to the stalwart fiscal oversight of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), a report was commissioned on the Fed's cornucopia of redundancy, inconsistency and mismanagement -- also known as -- waste, fraud and abuse. According to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, The U.S. government has 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, more than 20 separate programs to help the homeless and 80 programs for economic development. This GAO report unfurls some interesting tidbits and is merely a microcosm of a Read more

Carper signs on to Deficit Plan

Senator Carper has joined in a group of 14 Democrats who support Tom Coburn and Mike Crapo in efforts to bring the deficit commission plan to Congress. The Hill gives us some background on the Bipartisan Plan.   The 11 commissioners who did vote for the plan includes a mixture of liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. The bipartisan vote has spurred hopes that a plan in the mold of the fiscal commission's recommendations might come up before Congress, especially with a GOP-held House eager to enact spending cuts. The 14 senators hailed the commission's recommendations on Social Security, healthcare, and tax reforms — three cornerstones of the plan on which support for a plan could hinge. "There is no easy way out, and Washington must lead the way," they said. "The strong bipartisan support its recommendations have already received demonstrates we can, and must, Read more

Harry Reid’s Pet and Tom Too

Delaware's Two Senators helped block an Earmark ban yesterday.  Harry Reid pet Chris Coons spouted the party line, but Senator Tom Carper surprised observers because he had voiced support for the ban. Maybe the Language needed to be worked out.  Here is the Coburn amendment, you decide. SA 4697. Mr. COBURN (for himself, Mrs. McCaskill, and Mr. Udall of Colorado) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 510, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: At the appropriate place, insert the following: SEC. __X. FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2013 EARMARK MORATORIUM. (a) Bills and Joint Resolutions.-- (1) POINT OF ORDER.--It shall not be in order to-- (A) consider a bill or joint resolution reported by any committee or a bill or joint resolution Read more

Tom Let’s Lay off

If Senator Tom Coburn can take FoxNews to task for perpetuating the notion that people will be imprisonedfor not getting health insurance, then I can respectfully point out that it doesn't. Someone in a town hall may have said they got it from Foxnews and they may have from some guest on a show, but I have never heard any news cast or host say that. They point out that it would be a fine. One of the arguments is because the fine/excise tax is lower than the premium that some people would opt to pay it until they needed coverage which would make coverage more expensive by adding adverse risk. Some people don't listen carefully. That is no reason to allow the liberal media to have a quote to disparage the best news source in a generation. With all due respect Senator, lay off. You seem to have been given wrong information. Read more

Fearless

Senator Coburn has thrown down the gauntlet to house sell outs. For state employees blocked from Youtube and slow connections, here is the money quote. Can you say scorched earth? SEN. TOM COBURN (R), OKLAHOMA: I want to send a couple of messages to my colleagues in the House. If you voted no and you vote yes, and you lose your election, and you think any nomination to a federal position isn't going to be held in the Senate, I've got news for you. It's going to be held. Number two is, if you get a deal, a parochial deal for you or your district, I've already instructed my staff and the staff of seven other senators that we will look at every appropriations bill, at every level, at every instance, and we will outline it by district, and we will associate that with the buying of your vote. So, if you think you can cut a deal now, and it not come out until after the election, Read more