On fiscal issues Senator Tom Coburn — like all Republicans — is either an idiot or a charlatan. He votes for every budget-busting tax giveaway that comes down the pike, as if he thinks rich people’s money somehow isn’t even real. When Coburn gets up on his hind legs and wails about “wasteful spending”, only masochists and Fox News viewers should pay any attention.
Tom Coburn is also a member of what might be called the “Asshole Brigade” of the Wingnut Army. To their breathtaking hypocrisy on budgetary matters, these vile specimens of homo erectus modernum add an element of cruelty designed both to reinforce their wholly fraudulent bona fides as “principled” conservatives and to put the citizenry on notice that the United States government exists solely to serve the rich and the powerful. This is what Coburn is doing with his threats to hold up the 9/11 first responders health care bill.
Tom Coburn is nothing but a cheap grandstander, and a revolting one at that. If there’s any justice in this world, he’ll someday pay a political price for his wicked egomania.