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Cheers for Dr. ‘No’ (Senator Tom Coburn!)
National Review Online ^ | August 01, 2008 | By the Editors

Posted on 08/01/2008 6:32:42 PM PDT by neverdem









Cheers for Dr. ‘No’

By the Editors



Some people, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, “you cannot negotiate with.” Terrorists? No: Tom Coburn, the conservative Republican from Oklahoma.

Coburn has driven Reid to such a state of consternation by blocking action on 35 bills creating 36 new government programs, and costing $10 billion over five years. Lowlights include $1.5 billion to subsidize the DC Metro, $12 million to fund a botanical greenhouse in Maryland, and $17 million to enact a prohibition on the import or export of monkeys and apes.

Some of the new programs have worthy goals to which Coburn is not opposed. He insists, however, that Congress should fund these new programs by eliminating wasteful and duplicative ones, not by adding new spending to the budget. To this end, Coburn identified for Reid $45 billion in possible savings. Selling off unneeded federally owned buildings could save taxpayers $18 billion. Eliminating tax credits for ethanol could save another $7 billion.

Instead of working with Coburn, Reid put all the bills into one package in an attempt to steamroll over him. He forced a vote on Monday on what senators had taken to calling the “Tomnibus” bill. Reid got an assist from the media, which portrayed Coburn as an old crank pinching pennies from mothers and children. But Republicans stood with Coburn and Reid failed.

Reid was furious. “We will not be able to take these up at a later time, and we’ll have to wait until a new Congress,” he whined. “And in the meantime, there will be much suffering and mental distress.” Yes, and nowhere so much as in the Senate majority leader’s office, as long as Tom Coburn’s around.

We sympathize with Reid: From his perspective, a senator who actually looks out for taxpayers must look like a dangerous right-wing fanatic.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: 110th; coburn; congress; drilling; energy; tomcoburn; ussenate
God bless Oklahoma and its best family practice/obstetrician in Congress!
1 posted on 08/01/2008 6:32:42 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Dinghy Harry Reid bites the dirt again! Reid, the pile of cow manure that declared The War in Iraq Lost on The Senate Floor is a dispicable Traitor! GOD BLESS SENATOR COLBURN!


2 posted on 08/01/2008 6:37:43 PM PDT by NOBAMA in 08 (An Empty Suited Opportunist with No Redeeming Value!)
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To: neverdem
So much for the Democrats' pledge to end earmarks. The first thing America needs to do is eliminate wasteful spending. With Ted Stevens' indictment, the future of pork is dimming in the Republican Party. Tom Coburn has shown you can stand up against more Big Government. Kudos to his colleagues for siding with him!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 08/01/2008 6:37:58 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem

Yup he’s my senator.


4 posted on 08/01/2008 6:39:14 PM PDT by Rays_Dad (H. Clinton-Every man who looks at her is reminded of his first wife, even if he's never been married)
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To: neverdem

Bump for Tom Coburn.

I love it every time the pathetic whiner Reid whines.


5 posted on 08/01/2008 6:40:32 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: neverdem

And he’s a good Doctor. There was an article on here the other day about how the Democrats were going after him for delivering babies for free.


6 posted on 08/01/2008 6:40:42 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: Rays_Dad

D’oh...I have serious senator envy. Mine are Obama and Durbin. Man, I miss Peter Fitzgerald.


7 posted on 08/01/2008 6:41:25 PM PDT by Bowhunter
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To: neverdem

The only Senator that makes Dinghy Harry Reid look good relatively speaking in comparison, is Senator(in absentia)
Osama Obama Bin Ladin HUSSEIN:-P


8 posted on 08/01/2008 6:41:42 PM PDT by NOBAMA in 08 (An Empty Suited Opportunist with No Redeeming Value!)
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To: Rays_Dad
OK has elected an outstanding delegation over the past decade and a half. I admire Senator Inhofe as well.
9 posted on 08/01/2008 6:44:37 PM PDT by des
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To: SMCC1

And he’s a good Doctor. There was an article on here the other day about how the Democrats were going after him for delivering babies for free.
_______________________________________________

Some don’t want anyone delivering babies at all.


10 posted on 08/01/2008 6:49:30 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Bowhunter

I’ll join you drowning your sorrows. I’ve got Boxer and Feinstein in the Senate and, in a nearby district, Pelosi.


11 posted on 08/01/2008 6:58:53 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: neverdem
Look what the Republicans, at least some of them, have found!

Big Brass Ones!

Of course the media story is "Women and Minorities hurt most by Evil Republican skinflints".

12 posted on 08/01/2008 7:02:31 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

Those belong to One Hung Low, right?

This is really nasty of me, but I genuinely enjoy hearing/watching Dingy have one of his childish temper tantrums.

Buck it up Harry. Maybe retirement is looking better?


13 posted on 08/01/2008 7:23:32 PM PDT by upchuck (As we doggedly march towards dystopia, my poor country is losing it's mind. God help us!)
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To: El Gato

LOL!


14 posted on 08/01/2008 7:24:06 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: neverdem

If all GOP Senators had the courage of Sen. Coburn this would be a different country because they would still be in the majority.


15 posted on 08/01/2008 7:51:45 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: neverdem

**God bless Oklahoma and its best family practice/obstetrician in Congress! **

Ditto that!


16 posted on 08/01/2008 7:54:44 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: neverdem

Dr. No is the name given to Congressman Ron Paul.


17 posted on 08/01/2008 8:31:39 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: neverdem

ohh rah to a real Dr. No, not just to Dr. Games RINO from TX14 who likes to act like he is a Dr. No.


18 posted on 08/01/2008 8:34:25 PM PDT by mnehring (YOUR WALLET: The Only Place Democrats Want to Drill)
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To: StoneWall Brigade
Paul should not be Dr. No, he should be Dr. Wink, as he winks at his pork contributors as he backdoors pork into the budget like any other establishment politician, while making supporters thinking he is all about the ‘no’.
19 posted on 08/01/2008 8:36:21 PM PDT by mnehring (YOUR WALLET: The Only Place Democrats Want to Drill)
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To: El Gato
I've got a feeling Old Harry is serving his last term and is too dumb to figure it out. He's up for reelection in 2010, I think, and the voters will either retire him as they did Tom Daschle or he'll take the money and run.

He was actually a fairly moderate senator before he became majority leader. His voting record was not all that different from Arlen Specter. That's why I don't think he can even believe half the s*** he's peddling.

20 posted on 08/01/2008 9:05:57 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: neverdem

He should be President. Oh well.


21 posted on 08/01/2008 9:28:03 PM PDT by Force of Truth (Legalize the Constitution)
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To: Vigilanteman
Harry the body is just a figure head the true Senate majority leader has always been Ted Kennedy even when the Republicans had the majority.
22 posted on 08/01/2008 11:10:03 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: upchuck
Those belong to One Hung Low, right?

Don't think so, unless One Hung is of Bovine ethnicity.

23 posted on 08/02/2008 6:55:51 AM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
Instead of working with Coburn, Reid put all the bills into one package in an attempt to steamroll over him. He forced a vote on Monday on what senators had taken to calling the "Tomnibus" bill. Reid got an assist from the media, which portrayed Coburn as an old crank pinching pennies from mothers and children. But Republicans stood with Coburn and Reid failed. Reid was furious. "We will not be able to take these up at a later time"...
Reid's correct -- the Demwits are going to lose both houses -- well, all three houses, two of Congress, and the White. Thanks neverdem.
24 posted on 08/02/2008 10:32:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: jazusamo; SunkenCiv

“I love it every time the pathetic whiner Reid whines.”

That means you’re getting a lot of free entertainment. Every time I hear Reid he’s whining. But since he looks like an undertaker and he replaced another whiner (Tom Daschle), I expected that from the start. For me that’s the true face of the modern Democratic Party!


25 posted on 08/03/2008 5:48:08 AM PDT by Berosus (I already have a Messiah, I'm looking for a new president.)
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