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Republican Senate leader dons flak jacket after friendly fire on spending (GOP HOPELESS)
The Hill ^ | November 6,2011 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 11/06/2011 3:20:06 PM PST by Hojczyk

The debate over spending among Republicans in Congress has become so intense that one Senate Republican leader has started wearing a flak jacket to meetings.

The arguments have gotten so pointed that Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) wore a flak jacket to a Republican lunch meeting a few weeks ago.

He said he would don the protective gear after Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), an outspoken conservative, blasted him in a meeting for arguing that Congress had already made substantial reductions in discretionary spending.

Coburn objected heatedly. He argued that slowing the rate of discretionary spending growth is not the same as cutting spending, according to sources. Senate aides say that conservatives including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) agree with Coburn’s point of view.

“If we’re serious about it, we have to change the way we talk about things in D.C.,” said a Senate Republican aide who supports Coburn’s argument. “We can’t talk about cuts but they’re not cuts, they’re slowing of growth. It’s slowing the amount of gas we’re pouring on the fire.”

The group of conservatives backing Coburn, which includes members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, wants deeper cuts to discretionary spending in addition to entitlement reforms.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: districtofcolumbia; kentucky; oklahoma; tennessee; utah; wisconsin

1 posted on 11/06/2011 3:20:08 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

This is why it is idiotic for Conservatives to be looking to the professional political class to “fix” DC. They do not even understand DC IS the problem


2 posted on 11/06/2011 3:27:34 PM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Hojczyk

Lamar might as well get a jackass lapel pin.


3 posted on 11/06/2011 3:28:06 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Hojczyk

Is it red plaid flak jacket?


4 posted on 11/06/2011 3:29:18 PM PST by ken5050 (Cain/Gingrich 2012!!! because sharing a couch with Pelosi is NOT the same as sharing a bed with her)
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To: Hojczyk

FYI - Coburn is a Senator, not a Representative


5 posted on 11/06/2011 3:30:24 PM PST by Baron 2A (Pessimism: Religion without God)
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To: Hojczyk

Throw the Bums Out.


6 posted on 11/06/2011 3:30:24 PM PST by twister881
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To: ken5050

He loves his symbolism doesn’t he? Reminds me of Jimmy Carter.


7 posted on 11/06/2011 3:31:09 PM PST by des
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To: MNJohnnie

Nothin’ good comes from marryin’ yer cousin!


8 posted on 11/06/2011 3:31:48 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Hojczyk

How long has Lamar Alexander been in office?

Isn’t he PART OF THE THE GROUP WHO CREATED THIS PROBLEM?


9 posted on 11/06/2011 3:34:46 PM PST by Mr. K (The enemy of my enemy is my candidate.)
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To: Hojczyk

I cannot believe the people of Tennessee have kept this clown in the Senate so long.


10 posted on 11/06/2011 3:36:13 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Hojczyk
The debate over spending among Republicans in Congress has become so intense that one Senate Republican leader has started wearing a flak jacket to meetings.

Well, things are so damn good that that jacka$$ can add a bit of levity to the atmosphere and wear a flat jacket for a joke.

It's good for moral and no doubt will bring up the favorable numbers for government.

I can't understand how we could have possibly be led to having such a out of control deficit with such serious governing personnel in place to take care of the situation.

11 posted on 11/06/2011 3:37:39 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: bwc2221

Don’t blame me, I voted against his sorry RINO ass in 2008.


12 posted on 11/06/2011 3:38:56 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: Hojczyk

Ed Bryant would have been a whole lot better.


13 posted on 11/06/2011 3:38:56 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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14 posted on 11/06/2011 3:42:23 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

STOP SPENDING, you fools. Stop spending.


15 posted on 11/06/2011 3:47:29 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Paladin2

And a hammer and sickle one, too. Lamar is a huge RINO who cannot be counted on to vote conservative.


16 posted on 11/06/2011 3:47:32 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: bwc2221

Been trying to get rid of him,He just wiggles back in


17 posted on 11/06/2011 3:59:18 PM PST by Sir Beowolf ("You might want to think about a Trade in" 2012 is coming)
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To: Mr. K

Lamar is one of the young uns.’ He’s only been in the Senate 8 years.


18 posted on 11/06/2011 4:07:14 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: bwc2221

Tennessee doesn’t do very well. Corker is not a keeper either, but then Kentucky has been re-electing Mc Connell for 26 YEARs!, and Hatch and Lugar ( the RINO Bobsey Twins) have been there for 37 years each. It’s a disgrace, but it’s not their fault, it’s that of the voters. You get what you vote for.


19 posted on 11/06/2011 4:10:55 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Mr. K

Lamar is a BIG RINO Problem.....I guess 2014 is when he is up for re-election! The RINO’s need to GO in 2012 and 2014.......If nothing else for some of the confirmation votes these RINO’s have made...I am Going to do EVERYTHING I can to make sure SC RINO Graham is finished!!


20 posted on 11/06/2011 4:22:35 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Hojczyk

“Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) “

What is wrong with Tennessee?
Al Gore was elected Senator from TN.

Fred Thompson, former head of Senate Centrist Coalition, and advocate for all sort of bipartisan liberal BS (including free speech limitations) was also from TN.

Isn’t there any conservatives in TN???


21 posted on 11/06/2011 4:26:46 PM PST by heiss (heartless)
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To: Hojczyk

Lamar Alexander has always been a liberal piece of stinking turd. He’s a “yes” vote on tax hikes, just waiting to happen.
Is there any possibility the decent people in his state will flush his sorry ass down the toilet?


22 posted on 11/06/2011 4:40:40 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Hojczyk

Coburn is exactly right. Why is Lamar even there, much less as a “leader”??


23 posted on 11/06/2011 4:49:31 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Hojczyk

Lamar! needs to be voted out, fellow Tennesseans.


24 posted on 11/06/2011 4:53:57 PM PST by Ingtar
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To: des; ken5050
He loves his symbolism doesn’t he? Reminds me of Jimmy Carter.

Several years ago, Newsweak did a profile article on political "types". The charismatic types (their example: Pat Buchanan, Jesse Jackson) were one type, the "members of the club" (Bob Dole, Gerry Ford) were another, and the third was the "mandarin" type (examples: Bill Clinton, Lamar Alexander).

Newsweek's point, such as it was, was that life experiences predispose politicians' POV's to converge. The formative experiences and educations of Bill and Hillary have been almost identical to those of Al Gore and Lamar Alexander. They all went to elite schools, were "born to rule" (privilege academies and societies since grade school) -- remember, Bill Clinton was scouted by an elite boys' club, Boys' State, and then interned with Sen. Bill Fulbright -- followed by never holding an honest job in their lives, but constantly being catered to from the Ruling Class party tray); and they have similar overblown estimates of themselves (rotten to the core) because they've been told all their lives how special they are, how great they are -- and encouraged to look down on "ordinary" people as political "muggles", people without a hope or a clue, a resource to be exploited by the Ruling Class.

The burden of Newsweek's article that I took away was that mandarin sympathizers in journoland could take heart from the fact (this was in the 90's) that numbers of Republican politicians were "mandarins" like Bill and Hillary and could be counted on to "rise above" the "muggles" in the interest of, well, mandarinism, to support and carry forward progressive policies that did not look back to the cramped and benighted constitutionalism of the Founders, but ahead to the sunny uplands of whatever Oceania will become.

25 posted on 11/06/2011 5:07:49 PM PST by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: Hojczyk
[Art.] The arguments have gotten so pointed that Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) wore a flak jacket to a Republican lunch meeting a few weeks ago.

Well, you know those "Tea Party types" are just so extrEEEEEEEme, I just don't know what we'll do!"

Visual sarcasm from a made-in-life, senator-for-life Permanent Ruling Class magnate.

26 posted on 11/06/2011 5:13:24 PM PST by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: lentulusgracchus
Lamar Alexander
Lamar Alexander
27 posted on 11/06/2011 5:26:55 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: bwc2221

He has the money


28 posted on 11/06/2011 5:33:44 PM PST by Jen from Tn.
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To: Hojczyk

Coburn’s totally correct.

I voted for Ron Johnson, great guy. Glad he’s right there with Coburn.

When you run a business and your own money’s on the line for buying materials and sellign your products, you get an appreciation that you just can’t assume increases in your spending every subsequent year.

It’s the same mentality behind “Real Estate Always Goes Up.” Fannie and Freddie idiots had this mentality.


29 posted on 11/06/2011 5:39:37 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: MNJohnnie
They do not even understand DC IS the problem

Ding, Ding, Ding! Bingo!! We have a Winner!!!

30 posted on 11/06/2011 5:41:58 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: vette6387

But Lamar is still an uber RINO!


31 posted on 11/06/2011 5:43:52 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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