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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Paying Senator Coburn with Our Tax Dollars to say whaaaa?

Meet the Press with David Gregory -the forum was Health Care on Sunday August 16, 2009. Senator Coburn (R) of Oklahoma responds to Mr. Gregory's question about the nasty tone of the health care reform debate. Senator Coburn says "we've earned" the nasty tone....referencing violence akin to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh who murdered people to show his opposition to government. Our tax dollars are paying Senator Coburn. Our outrage should be directed towards the money wasted in our obligation to pay his Senate expenses and salary.

I say Senator Coburn is instigating sedition by suggesting a civilized health care debate should be allowed as an excuse to become a debacle against our government. Even more surprising, Senator Coburn says he is a medical doctor. Using his physician's title, he says the quality of health care in the US is fine, just like it is. Well, Dr. Coburn must not read public health data. Americans, on average, have a shorter life expectancy than our European counterparts, where health care is expected as a right rather than privilege. Senator Coburn should have deplored the violence and, rather, supported civilized debate.

Following is the transcript from

I am calling for Senator Coburn to be recalled as a US Senator based upon his lack of opposition to violence against the government.

MR. GREGORY: All right. But let’s talk about the tone of the debate. There have been death threats against members of Congress, there are Nazi references to members of Congress and to the president. Here are some of the images. The president being called a Nazi, his reform effort being called Nazi-like, referring to Nazi Germany, members of Congress being called the same. And then there was this image this week outside of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a town hall event that the president had, this man with a gun strapped to his leg held that sign, “It is time to water the tree of liberty.” It was a reference to that famous Thomas Jefferson quote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” That has become a motto for violence against the government. Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, had that very quote on his shirt the day of the bombing of the Murrah building when 168 people were killed.

Senator Coburn, you are from Oklahoma. When this element comes out in larger numbers because of this debate, what, what troubles you about that?

SEN. TOM COBURN (R-OK): Well, I’m, I’m troubled anytime when we, we stop having confidence in, in our government. But we’ve earned it. You know, this debate isn’t about health care. Health care’s the symptom. The debate is an uncontrolled federal government that’s going to run--50 percent of everything we’re spending this year we’re borrowing from the next generation. You...

MR. GREGORY: That’s—but wait, hold on, I want to stop you there. I’m talking about the tone. I am talking about violence against the government. That’s what this is synonymous with.

SEN. COBURN: The, the—but the tone is based on fear of loss of control of their own government. What, what is the genesis behind people going to such extreme statements? What is it? We, we have lost the confidence, to a certain degree, and it’s much worse than when Tom was the, the, the leader of the Senate.



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