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June 8, 2007

No confidence in Congress

by Jason Pye

A no confidence vote is looming for Attorney General Alberto “no right to habeas corpus” Gonzalez, and rightfully so…Gonzalez, much like the rest of the Bush Administration need to go. However, United States Senator Tom Coburn wants to add some language to the resolution on Gonzalez.

In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Coburn wrote:

I am requesting that I be consulted before the Senate enters into any unanimous consent agreements regarding a vote on any resolution or other legislation expressing a lack of confidence in any federal official.

If such a resolution comes before the Senate, I plan to offer an amendment expressing no confidence in Congress’ ability to cut wasteful spending or balance the budget.

As you know, the national debt of the United States of America now exceeds $8.5 trillion and just last week, Congress approved a $2.9 trillion budget resolution that includes $23 billion more in spending than was requested by the President.
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Experts point out that the most important step an addict can take is to first admit you have a problem. It is obvious to everyone that Congress has a big problem. It’s time that we finally admit it and take responsibility. Unfortunately, the Senate has twice this year rejected amendments that expressed the sense of the Senate that Congress has a moral obligation to offset the cost of new Government programs and initiatives. Our nation can not afford for the Senate to live in such a state of denial.

It is hypocritical for the Senate to grand stand for political purposes while ignoring its own shortcomings that threaten the solvency of Social Security and Medicare and the standard of living of future generations.

Beautiful.

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4 Comments

  1. can’t wait until he’s up for re-election so I can vote for a Republican for the first time, ever.

    He’d be an ideal VP, in my opinion.

    Comment by Nick — June 8, 2007 @ 7:58 pm
  2. VP? I don’t know too much about Sen. Colburn but what I do know I like. I know he is great as far as spending goes. If he were to throw his hat into the ring, I would give him serious consideration for POTUS. But I agree that he would be a great choice as a running mate as well.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — June 8, 2007 @ 10:24 pm
  3. I don’t know much about Colburn, but I know how many times I have heard of him trying to limit government. Just for having the courage to keep trying means I would rather have him in the Senate as a member rather than presiding as VP. Perhaps he can give some of the newer members courage to also try and limit spending.

    Comment by trumpetbob15 — June 8, 2007 @ 11:08 pm
  4. I say VP because he was in one of the Oklahoma newspapers a couple weeks ago that he isn’t running for pres.

    He was the one who offered the amendment that said we have to enforce existing laws before the immigration bill can be implemented.

    It failed 42-54, which actually gives me some perverse hope that the 42-54 could become a 51-49 standing on its own.

    He’s a bit socially conservative for me, but then again almost every republican is.

    Comment by Nick — June 9, 2007 @ 12:07 am

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