Tom Coburn

(Thomas Allen Coburn)

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All the Congressmen who know nothing about the subject are telling the scientists how to do their research and what kinds to do. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
All you have to do is look at Congress’s approval ratings. It’s normal that it’s low. It’s not normal that it is 9 percent or 11 percent or 13 percent. We’ve given up our legitimacy. Legitimacy is about being honest on the issues, not being partisan. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Congress is lazy. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Doctors no longer charge patients, patients no longer pay doctors, and neither determines what is medically necessary. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I trust the American People more than American Institutions. Democracies & Republics
If I don’t get elected? Great. The Republic will live on Voters, Voting & Elections
If you are going to solve America’s problem, you have to go against your best political judgment. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
If you’ve ever been in politics, I don’t want to vote for you. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My philosophy is different than most of the people up here. I think if you do the right thing and you lose, you still did the right thing. I think if you do less than the right thing and win, it’s morally reprehensible. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
That’s what politicians do all the time. They promise you something, they don’t provide the money for it, and then they kick the can down the road and pass on the bill to the next generation. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Unfortunately we are politicians when we should be statesmen. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Washington has become a permanent feudal class of insiders …those are people who are formally in office, staffers, journalists, hangers on … that becomes self-perpetuating … a Congress in which 42 percent become lobbyists… You have people coming here with no intention of going back to the farm. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We fix symptoms but almost never deal with the underlying cause. We put out fires but we don’t prevent them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We spend millions of dollars to print this stuff (The Congressional Record). It’s all on line. We are tearing down trees to print material we do not need. Budgets & Budgeting
An easily accessible and transparent database of contract information will bring sunshine into the confusing and sometimes shadowy practice of government contracting. Government
And I thought I would just share with you what science says today about silicone breast implants. If you have them, you're healthier than if you don't. In fact, there's no science that shows that silicone breast implants are detrimental and, in fact, they make you healthier. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Everybody in America is going to have to sacrifice to help us rebuild the Gulf Coast. Every government program, every individual, we are all going to have to sacrifice. Government
I believe all life has value, from conception to natural death. And I believe the intentional taking of human life, except to save lives, should be a capital offense, as it is in most states in America today. Life ;Death
I believe keeping our promises should be our highest priority and that means saving Social Security and Medicare while preserving the American dream for our children and grandchildren.
I used to have a great fear of constitutional conventions. I have a great fear now of not having one.
Lesbianism is so rampant in some of the schools in southeast Oklahoma that they'll only let one girl go to the bathroom. Now think about it. Think about that issue. How is it that that's happened to us?
Republicans should simply focus on first principles and give the American people what they want - an honest party dedicated to common sense, fiscal responsibility and limited government. If we govern to save the country, we'll do well as a party. Government
Social Security and Medicare represent promises made and we must keep these commitments.
The danger of what's happening right now in terms of using reconciliation is, the purpose of the Senate is going to be defeated. And that is to bring consensus to big issues in this country so that we have a reasoned and thoughtful approach and that the American public buys into it.
The earmark favor factory needs to be boarded up and demolished, not turned over to new management that may or may not have a better eye for earmarks with 'merit.'
The Pentagon can't even audit its own books. It doesn't even know where its money is going. And we refuse to have the tough forces go on the Pentagon so that at least they are efficient with the money they're spending. Money, Coins & Minting
The problem that faces our country today, the last 30 years we have lived off the future, and the bill is coming due. So there cannot be anything that is not put on the table. There will not be one American that will not be called to sacrifice. Those that are more well-to-do will be called to sacrifice to a greater extent. Future
The vast amount of waste and sheer stupidity in government - from the Pentagon to the Food and Drug Administration - could fill committee agendas for years. Government ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
We need real leadership, Democrat, Republican and independent to stand up and say, we have to live within our means. Leaders & Leadership
Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used.