A good man is leaving the Senate.
Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg
You knew what might be coming when Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
announced in November that he had a recurrence of cancer. He managed for
a long time with a triple threat -- colon and prostate cancer and a
benign brain tumor. He announced
yesterday that he will leave at the end of this congressional session
to spend the time he has left with his three children and seven
grandchildren. It may be one of the only times when a politician says he
wants to spend more time with his family and we know it is utterly the
GO read the rest here.
The Guardian (London) had this to say about Senator Coburn:
Coburn has always had a gift for honesty. He didn't need
consultants to tell him how to be a senator. He had the white hair,
all-American accent and a doctor's wisdom of life and death, his
vocation before politics. He talked to the president frequently but
didn’t brag about it. His colleagues -- fellow Republicans and Democrats
-- liked to have him around, even though he could be a thorn in both
sides. He was often the first to be asked to join the various bipartisan
... this decision isn't about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires.
"As a citizen, I am now convinced that I can best serve my own
children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere. In the
meantime, I look forward to finishing this year strong."
Coburn, nicknamed "Dr No" for his voting record in the Senate, was
supposed to serve through 2016. Instead, he'll step down in January
2015. He had already vowed not to seek a third term.
Senate republican leader Mitch McConnell released a statement
Thursday describing Coburn as "one of the most intelligent, principled
and decent men in modern Senate history".
"When it comes to the transcendent debate over the size and cost of
government, Tom Coburn is simply without peer," McConnell, a Kentucky
Republican, said. "No one has done more to awaken Americans to the
threat posed by a government that chronically spends more than it takes
in, and no one has worked harder at finding a solution."
Known as a conservative maverick during his three terms in the US
House in the 1990s, Coburn continued that role after being elected to
the Senate in 2004. A fierce critic of what he described as excessive
government spending, Coburn was most vocal about opposing the earmarking
of special projects.
His office routinely produced reports on wasteful spending, such as a
37-page report in 2011 dubbed Subsidies of the Rich and Famous that
detailed nearly $30bn spent annually on government tax breaks and
federal grant programs for millionaires....
There is more, and it IS an interesting read, here.
I first became aware of Senator Coburn because of his annual Waste Book, where he detailed the mind-boggling waste that could be painlessly cut from the American budget. Follow that link and see the 2013 edition. (For previous posts on Coburn here, just put his name in the search thing at top left.)
In December, upon release of the latest version of the chronicle of absurdities paid for by American tax dollars, there was this:
Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending of 2013
Dec 17 2013
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