IN SIMPLE TERMS
In these reports he identifies millions of dollars, and sometimes billions of dollars in government waste, (fraud), and abuse. Not all of it is government spending, but spending by the different agencies that are funded by our government and lack oversight.
A couple of which you must remember being reported on television are the “adult baby” scandal and treadmills for shrimp.
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What most people do not understand is every agency that is funded by the government with our tax dollars receive X amount of money and they always spend all of it every year to justify asking for more money the following year.
Last week that Tattletale Coburn reported in a scathing expose`how millionaires are benefiting from taxpayer dollars in a press release titled “Subsidies for the Rich and Famous” and two days later in another press release titled “Shooting the Messenger” he told us how Congress is attempting to silence the Congressional Budget Office by reducing funding to that really important non partisan agency.
Both of these lengthy reports can be read on his Senate website: http://coburn.senate.gov/public/
In August, during debates over increasing the debt limit, a super committee was formed; 12 Senators and Congresscritters chosen by the leaders of those chambers, to come up with a plan to reduce the budget deficit before Thanksgiving. They are deadlocked because Democrats on the committee will not agree to spending cuts proposed by Republicans, and Republicans will not agree to “revenue enhancements” (tax increases) proposed by the Democrats.
There is some chatter that they may break their own rule and extend their November 23 deadline.
For the first time since 1995, the House was debating a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution on Friday. In 1995 under the leadership of Newt Gingrich as part of the Contract with America, the House did pass a Balanced Budget Amendment with bipartisan support, but fell just one vote short of the 60 votes needed in the Senate.
Legislation for a Constitutional Amendment does not require a President’s signature. A balanced budget means “don’t spend more than you have coming in”.
It was doubtful it would even pass the House this time, but the purpose of bringing the bill to a vote is to get Congress on record of how serious they are about controlling spending before the 2012 elections. As expected H.J. Res 2 failed to get the 290 votes needed, but the Oklahoma delegation all supported it.
Proponents of the bill say it is necessary to reign in out of control spending, force Congress to live within its means like WE THE PEOPLE have to do, and reverse the downward spiral of our national debt.
Opponents of the bill say living within a balanced budget will have a reverse affect on job growth (whatever that means). If you are familiar with Senator Coburn’s Pork Report, and read his two most recent reports you would wonder too.
Senator Coburn also published a report titled Back In Black earlier this year where he proposed $9 trillion in savings over the next 10 years, but his coworkers on Capitol Hill, not enough of them anyway, seem to be listening.
I do not know how we are going to get out of this mess. I surely do not expect to see the end of it in my lifetime, and the children of my grandchildren probably will not see the end of it either.
I will say the Oklahoma delegation does “Get it!”