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Coburn: ‘Laziness’ in Congress Has Fed Growing Power in the Executive Branch

Coburn said the people who come to Congress are those seeking “to rise on the political career” rather than fix the institution.

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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March 7, 2014 - 7:15 am
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Will argued it’s not just a systemic problem that allows the executive to undermine the legislative branch, but a matter of having the right leaders.

“Give me a half-a-dozen more Tom Coburns and we will change policy in Washington,” he said.

Coburn agreed that leadership makes a difference.

“The people that know that refuse to come and sacrifice their time, their money and their reputations to make the changes that are necessary here,” he said. “There are hundreds of thousands of Tom Coburns out there. The question is will they make the sacrifice to come here and get beat up to do what they know is in the best long-term interest of our country.”

“What we’ve got to be doing is recruiting those that have benefitted greatly from this country, that have the skills and knowledge to come up here and get us back in the direction that our founders intended us to go,” he added.

At the end of the discussion, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) strode out onto stage to hand an antique rifle to Coburn, who is retiring at the end of the current congressional session, as a lifetime achievement award for his time served in Congress.

McConnell told the CPAC audience that liberals hated it when Coburn stepped on to the Senate floor.

“He isn’t afraid about anything or anyone,” McConnell said. “He never put himself above the cause.”

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Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.

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Precisely the point! Capitalism's corporate 'FOR PROFIT' structure is being incorporated into Washington DC's We the Elite People of Culture of Corruption with an expectation the out come will be a Washington DC PROFIT MARGIN! Say WHAT?HUH???? Government for profit? Since when...it's an oxymoron! No Government never, ever measured its "product" as that of having a semblance of ROI (that's Return On Investment). Government's sole existence is WASTE, CRONY CAPITALISM, back room dealing, shady, sweet-heart deals, and tit-for-tat electioneering decision-making. Never, ever has any public sector entity now or ever, given Americans a "Tax Break!" Period! That's why, Reforming The Tax Code is pure flimflammery of the highest order...as a matter of fact if Washington DC Elites could figure out a way to squeeze more money out of an already overburdened taxpaying electorate, they sure would've by now...humm, Obamacare comes to mind.
Nope, if Washington DC already has "Lost It's Way," attempting to spiff-up the lawyering class with a "corporate make-over" will merely create a bigger, bloated, and super human, dysfunctional system of:Executive, Legislative and Judicial department type "flow chart." Join a Tea Party, Support a local Article V committee for:1)term limits, 2) balanced budget and 3) return of States Rights.
Pray. Amen. God Bless America.
27 weeks ago
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Being in congress is a sure way of becoming a multi millionaire without working. .With it comes early retirement alsol
27 weeks ago
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Congress has given up alot of it's power to the executive branch. And whose fault is that Mr. Coburn. You have a feckless, spinless majority in the House afraid of their own shadows, worried that someone might step out of a congressional bathroom and call you racist so you hang your heads and hide. God we need a third party.
28 weeks ago
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I have a lot of respect and admiration for Tom Coburn as a US Senator, however his achillies heal was that he thought that you could make good compromises with Marxists. They are never good compromises, they always advance Marxist agendas and goals. He assumed that these Marxists in the Democrat Party are good hearted patriots that were interested in what is best for the country. Nothing could be further from the truth.
28 weeks ago
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McConnell told the CPAC audience that liberals hated it when Coburn stepped on to the Senate floor.

“He isn’t afraid about anything or anyone,” McConnell said. “He never put himself above the cause.”


Bullsh*t. If Coburn wasn't afraid of anyone or anything, McConnell would have kept his traitorous mouth shut.

Coburn didn't crucify Boehner or McConnell, and that tells me he really doesn't understand the nature of the problem at all.
28 weeks ago
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I've been saying this for years...months, well, anyway...a long time :)

How come it only merits a column when Tom Coburn (a good guy who is leaving the Senate at the end of this congressional session) says it ?

(just kidding, sort of)
28 weeks ago
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George Will doesn't get it. He's correct that Washingtonians will never term limit themselves but then lapses into traditional elitist groupthink with the blather about yet another promise to balance the budget.....or else everyone has to retire. Never mind that the current crop of kleptocratic slime will increase taxes to arrive at a phony budget balance because they won't cut anything but the military.
28 weeks ago
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The "balanced budget amendment" is libertarian unicorn farts.

A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is a trap. It's a mental trap to make you think you're safe when you really aren't. It's identical to the Debt Limit.

Hey, Congress passed a law requiring the U.S. government to avoid accruing too much debt. Hows that F**KING working out for you? Not at all? No frigging duh.

So, when you hear some statist bastard talk about a balanced budget amendment, tell him to shut his pie hole. The only way to keep spending down is for the people to keep the elected officials in line. Fire them. Call them. Write them. Write articles in the paper.

That's how you keep your government accountable, not setting government on cruise control and then turning off your brain.

By the way, I agree with BrandingIron5 and my comment isn't directed at him.
28 weeks ago
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Hey, wht not Coburn For President?
28 weeks ago
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How long was Coburn in Congress? So, if the problem has been laziness and lack-of-leadership, where was he this whole time? This is the first I've heard the man speak of it.

Sounds to me like he's been a large part of the problem.
28 weeks ago
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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Congress has given up a lot of its power to the executive branch due to “laziness” and “lack of leadership.”

Well, there's a load of horse manure. Congress has given up its power to Obama for two reasons; democrats have for years placed party ideology over ANY other consideration and Congressional republicans have fully moved from compromise to calculated collaboration. 'Laziness' and 'lack of leadership' have NOTHING to do with it.
28 weeks ago
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That is right, Conservatives appetite for advancing Marxism has reached Immovable Object proportions. No more compromise.

Although, it seems that the RINOs have one more trick up their sleeves to usher in a new Marxist One Party Rule State, Amnesty.
28 weeks ago
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Generalizations being generally false it would be wrong to generalize about a generation of people being lazy and incompetent. But the Boomers share moved the curve that way. The ones who live in my neighborhood can't even be bothered to clean up after their dogs. And get all p***y when you politely ask them to.
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