The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

National and world

August 14, 2012

Coburn: Spending out of control in D.C.

STILLWATER, Okla. — Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., had few nice things to say about Washington politics at Oklahoma State University’s Wes Watkins Center Monday afternoon.

“There isn’t a thimble of sense in Washington right now,” he told the crowd of approximately 50 people.

As people asked about how to deal with immigration, the deficit, college tuition and health care, Coburn came back to one theme: Government is spending too much and doing too little to find real solutions to real problems.

“All of our problems are fixable,” he said, adding that one of the problems is a lack of bold, decisive leadership in Washington.

“Nobody wants to talk about the real problems,” the senator said. “Politicians are playing games to advance politics and not the country.”

People voiced their concerns about the Ryan budget possibly destroying Social Security and Medicare. Coburn said he does not know what presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will do in regard to the budget.

“Let’s let it play out,” he said, adding that if Ryan is allowed to speak about the budget, it will be vastly different than what Democrats are saying.

Coburn consistently came back to spending. He said the country has lived the last 30 years on the next 30, taking away from future generations.

One woman said she depends on Social Security and Medicare to live and wanted to know the senator’s thoughts on the programs.

“We can fix them,” he said. Coburn added that the programs need to be made more efficient as trillions are being taken by those who give little in and this shackles the next generation.

“We’re going to have to make sacrifices — all of us,” Coburn said. “We’re not far from being Greece.”

 When a young woman asked a question about pushing child sex laws, Coburn said laws are in place but are thwarted by cowards like those at Penn State.

Coburn said the woman should be upset about her generation having to bear this generation’s debt.

“It’s generational theft,” Coburn said. He said part of the problem is that the government has undermined self-reliance.

Coburn also sounded off on healthcare, saying it costs too much and the Affordable Healthcare Act did not solve the problem but made it worse. He said more important than repealing President Obama’s healthcare plan is solving the problem of healthcare.

A student asked about rising tuition costs. Coburn said this illustrates one of the main problems in America — the government has grown to big and is involved in too much.

“(Tuition) is going up because the federal government has gotten involved in it,” said Coburn, referring to student loans and pell grants.

Coburn urged the crowd, especially young students, to let Washington know what issues they care about and what they demand to be dealt with.

When asked about illegal immigration, Coburn said nothing can be done until the border is secure. He said there is no “grown up” managing the situation. The senator said he has met with border patrol who say the problem could be solved if they were allowed to do their jobs.

“A country that can’t protect its border won’t survive,” he said.

Coburn said he wishes other politicians could taste the freedom he has from his self-imposed term limits. Coburn has pledged not to seek a third term in 2016 as he is a supporter of term limits.

Hixson is a writer for Stillwater NewsPress.

Text Only
National and world
  • CDC Ebola web.jpg U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

    “The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in West Africa,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who announced the travel warning.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast web.jpg Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

    Finally, less than an hour after all sides signed off on the precise and technical wording for a 72-hour truce, Kerry issued a statement and called a 3:30 a.m. Friday press conference to seal the deal before any party could back out.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taiwan web.jpg Gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

    The fires were believed caused by a leak of propene, a petrochemical material not intended for public use, but the source of the gas was not immediately clear, officials said.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Congress web.jpg Congress races to finish VA, highway bills

    House Speaker John Boehner accused Democrats of pursuing a “nutso scheme” of trying to seize on the border crisis to try and grant a path to citizenship to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Illinois Unemployment_Hass.jpg As U.S. job market strengthens, many don't feel it

    "If the economy is getting better, I'm not sure for whom. It certainly hasn't trickled down to me." — Douglas Hunter, who earned $14 an hour before the Great Recession and now works three days a week for $9.25 an hour, mopping floors and fixing fryers at McDonald's.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • House Obama Lawsuit.jpg Republican-led House approves lawsuit against President Obama

    Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the proposed lawsuit underscored the harshly partisan tone that has dominated the current Congress almost from its start in January 2013.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Russia Putin web.jpg Sanctions could damage Russia

    The sanctions go further than earlier penalties — which had largely targeted individuals — by broadly limiting the trade of weapons and of technology that can be used in the oil and military industries. The EU also put its capital markets off-limits to Russian state-owned banks.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast Libya web.jpg Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

    Many diplomats, including the U.S. ambassador, have pulled out of the country. With the interim government paralyzed, the fighting threatens the planned opening session of the newly elected parliament on Aug. 4.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obit Robert Drew web.jpg Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies

    Starting in 1960 with “Primary,” Drew produced and sometimes directed a series of television documentaries that took advantage of such innovations as light hand-held cameras that recorded sound and pictures.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obama Ukraine Russia_Hass_W.jpg GOP-led House approves lawsuit against Obama

    The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads