Tom Coburn Taking Aim At Supplemental Pork

Proving once again that he cares more about the American taxpayer than Ted Stevens’ health, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has offered up some amendments to strip the “emergency” pork out of the supplemental appropriations bill:

Coburn Amendment No. 648 would strike $100 million in emergency funding for the 2008 political party conventions.

Coburn Amendment No. 649 would strike a $2 million earmark for the University of Vermont.

Coburn Amendment No. 656 would require public disclosure of all reports provided to the appropriations committees by this act

Coburn Amendment No. 657 would provide crop disaster and livestock assistance with offsets; also removes “emergency” spending for sugar beet, sugar cane, and Christmas and ornamental tree assistance

Coburn Amendment No. 717 would strike all non-war and non-veterans spending from the bill

Coburn Amendment No. 718 would strike all non-war and non-veterans spending from the bill except for funding for abestos abatement around the Capitol

If your Senator is a Democrat, call their office and suggest that supporting these amendments would go a long way to proving how “fiscally conservative” they claim to be. If your Senator is a Republican, call their office and suggest that if they are able to kill some of these earmarks, it might dry up support amongst Democrats who were bribed into voting for a timetable.

No matter what party your Senator is from, you can use this to try to score a win for the American taxpayer. At the very least, I think it’s clear that the 2008 Political Party Conventions don’t need $100M in “emergency” funding in a war supplemental bill. That’s one bit of blatant arrogance that I think we need to call them all out for.

  • http://www.mainstreamlibertarian.com Eric Dondero

    Interesting that nowheres in your article do you mention the fact that Senator Coburn is a REPUBLICAN!!!

    What happened to all those weenie wired-rimmed glasses wearing policy wanker libertarians from last year who around election time were whining, “Republicans are just as bad as Democrats, blah, blah, blah… Maybe it’s time we Libertarians cast our votes with the Democrat Party, blah, blah, blah…”

    Remember all that Liberaltarian crap that was being thrown around by both Leftwing Libertarians and the Daily Kos Left Liberal crowd?

    Isn’t it funny how things have changed so quickly.

    We’re not hearing so much these days from those Liberaltarian advocates.

  • http://unrepentantindividual.com/ Brad Warbiany

    Eric,

    I’ve edited the post to reflect that he was a Republican.

    If only there were a few more like him… Coburn, of course, having the nickname “Dr. No” in the Senate?

    Now, isn’t there a guy in the House of Representatives with the same nickname? I seem to remember a guy like that, who might just be running for President right now, eh?

  • http://jasonpye.com/ Jason Pye

    Eric Dondero: “Blah blah blah blah…”

    Anyway, I applaud Coburn for his efforts.

  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org/ Adam Selene

    Of course, what Dondero fails to mention is that, for all of his fiscally conservative positions, Coburn is simply horrible on state restriction of individual liberty.

  • http://thelibertypapers.org/2005/11/22/a-bit-about-kevin/ Kevin

    Of course, what Dondero fails to mention is that, for all of his fiscally conservative positions, Coburn is simply horrible on state restriction of individual liberty.

    Amen.

    Though don’t get me wrong, I would vote for Coburn over most politicians in DC any day of the week but by no stretch of the imagination is he a libertarian.

  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org/ Adam Selene

    Dondero appears to be enamored of authoritarians that are pro economic growth.

  • http://thelibertypapers.org/2005/11/22/a-bit-about-kevin/ Kevin

    What happened to all those weenie wired-rimmed glasses wearing policy wanker libertarians from last year who around election time were whining, “Republicans are just as bad as Democrats, blah, blah, blah… Maybe it’s time we Libertarians cast our votes with the Democrat Party, blah, blah, blah…”

    It appears to have got the job done.

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