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Tom Coburn Has A Plan To Fight Washington And Save America

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Tom Coburn Has A Plan To Fight Washington And Save America

In 'Smashing the DC Monopoly,' former senator and legendary fiscal hawk Tom Coburn argues that the remedy for federal profligacy and corruption is a never-used constitutional provision.

By Mark Hemingway NOVEMBER 17, 2017

 People say a lot of things about politicians. One of those things is never, “I miss that person and I wish he were still in Washington.” Well, we may have to make an exception for former Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn. For Republicans concerned about exorbitant federal spending and congressional abuses of authority, the affection is obvious. Even liberals have to concede that Coburn was that rare creature, a swamp-dwelling unicorn who stuck to his principles and and cared more about getting things done and fixing problems above all else.

Coburn’s latest book, Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article v to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government, is also rarity in and of itself: a book written by a politician that’s worth reading. That’s because Coburn pulls no punches in spelling out exactly what’s wrong with Washington. In fact, after Coburn’s 2003 book Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders, The New York Times reported that the book had ruffled feathers on Capitol Hill because he had the gall to actually criticize “Republican leaders, whom he singles out by name, [for being] more concerned with being re-elected than with spending tax dollars wisely.”   :snip: 

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