A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Pork: The Other White Meat

I am considering writing-in Tom Coburn for President in 2008. Here's why. This too:

When Mr. Coburn picks a fight with one of his colleagues over spending, he
doesn't look for someone smaller than himself. Rather, he has always gone after
the biggest and strongest in the room: the men who have led the Senate
Appropriations Committee.

And this:

"Unless we control spending, the very things they want to do for people aren't going to be available," Mr. Coburn said. "What I hope to do is build a relationship with conservatives and liberals that recognizes that our financial status is so dire that we have to work together."

Mr. Coburn's mission also means he's not exactly a blind cheerleader for Republicans.

Asked whether there would be any advantage for conservatives if Republicans lost control of Congress in November's elections, Mr. Coburn replied, "We have a wonderful republic. How do we preserve that? I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know the collective wisdom at the polls most often is better than our collective wisdom here."

Pretty revolutionary. Works for me. I also appreciate that he kept his promise to only serve three terms in the House of Representatives-- he seems to actually believe, and stick to, what he says.

Some of his stances are of concern, such as his preference for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, though perhaps unsurprising for a conservative senator from Oklahoma, but overall I like most of them and can live with the others. Added bonus, he's not terribly old, and he's a physician to boot.


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