Tom Coburn

Tom Coburn & The GOP Target The Elderly

Via Think Progress,

Last week, ThinkProgress reported that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) believes that Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional. Turns out, he’s not he only one. At a town hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) appeared to embrace Perry’s claim that providing for America’s seniors is unconstitutional:

QUESTION: With more and more cuts in Medicare and Medicaid on the horizon, I’m really worried about protecting our frail elderly in the Medicare and Medicaid facilities. So I would like to know how Congress proposes to balance the budget and still make sure our frail elderly in these facilities are protected and have trained care staff.

COBURN: That’s a great question. The first question I have for you is if you look in the Constitution, where is it the federal government’s role to do that? That’s number one. Number two is the way I was brought up that’s a family responsibility, not a government responsibility.

The video is embedded below.

Think Progress provided a good rebuttal - check it out at their link.

And treat this as an Open Thread.



GOP Domestic Terrorism on the Senate Floor: A Cancer In the Heart of American Government

Hat-tip Lady SaraBeth of DelphiForums for calling this out.

Hypocrisy and domestic terrorism are key elements of today's GOP. Called out on the floor of the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on Sunday, the GOP remained true to form anyway with a hypocritical "prayer" request that prayed for at least one Democratic senator to be incapacitated so as not to make the final roll call on the healthcare bill.

An article by Dana Millbank in the Washington Post this morning provides the quotes below. First up, Senator Whitehouse:


"Too many colleagues are embarked on a desperate, no-holds-barred mission of propaganda, obstruction and fear," he said. "History cautions us of the excesses to which these malignant, vindictive passions can ultimately lead. Tumbrils have rolled through taunting crowds. Broken glass has sparkled in darkened streets. Strange fruit has hung from southern trees." Assuming the role of Old Testament prophet, Whitehouse promised a "day of judgment" and a "day of reckoning" for Republicans.

In his piece, Millbank refers to the words of Senator Whitehouse as extreme, but -- truth be told -- the description of the behavior and tactics of the GOP's antics since they lost control of Congress and the White House are dead-on accurate. As to whether they receive any sort of true accountability and "day of reckoning" for their actions, that remains to be seen.

Millbank's article was focused on the rather obscene actions of Tom Coburn, Senator from Oklahoma (R-terrorist), who got up on the Senate floor to propose the following:


"What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can't make the vote tonight," he said. "That's what they ought to pray."

That's not the wish nor comportment of any true citizen or statesman: that's the wholly inappropriate wish of harm to a member of the American government, and a wish for the interference with the continued operation of government, specifically for the sole purpose of advancing a self-serving political agenda that is contrary to the continued success of our nation. Coburn had made an equally malignant remark earlier on Saturday, when he stated the following:


"The crisis of confidence in this country is now at an apex that has not seen in over 150 years, and that lack of confidence undermines the ability of legitimate governance," he said. "There's a lot of people out there today who...will say, 'I give up on my government,' and rightly so."

This "crisis of confidence" is one being sparked and fanned into a flame by actions of Coburn and his colleagues, precisely as decried by Senator Whitehouse on Sunday. They are not the actions of a patriotic party, or a party of "family values" or "Christian" morality: these actions and statements, particularly when taken collectively, are the words and actions of a party with an agenda of domestic terrorism and sedition, acting with malicious intent while attempting to hide behind the mechanics and machinery of government.

The Republican Party "leadership" has become a cancer in the heart of American government -- a malignancy that threatens the growth and health of the nation, and one that must be removed or sent into remission if our nation is to have any chance of recovering from the damage that these very people and their party of "No" are responsible for.

As for whether Coburn's "prayer" worked? Back to Millbank's article:


Coburn was wearing blue jeans, an argyle sweater and a tweed jacket with elbow patches when he walked back into the chamber a few minutes before 1 a.m. He watched without expression when Byrd was wheeled in, dabbing his eyes and nose with tissues, his complexion pale. When his name was called, Byrd shot his right index finger into the air as he shouted "aye," then pumped his left fist in defiance.

If only the good senator could've rolled his wheelchair over Coburn's foot in the process.

Dodd, Mikulski and Brown Ask to be Added to Coburn Public Option Amendment

From The Hill, Brown calling their bluff:

Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and David Vitter (R-La.) are preparing an amendment to force members of Congress into any public option health plan that becomes law, frustrating at least one Senate Democrat who wants to join the effort.

From the Senate floor, Sen. Dodd tells you what he, Sen. Sherod Brown and Sen. Barbara Mikulski think about it: