I love gridlock.–Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), February 19, 2010
Now, before you go getting your panties in a big wad, it’s not what you think. Senator Coburn wasn’t talking about government getting nothing done due to the recalcitrance of the Party of No. He was just longing for those heady days when Goopers first enter the Senate or the House. You see, ChinlessxYertle the TurtlexMitch McConnell and Boohoo John Boehner have a whole program that they put their new members through. Gridlock was just Coburn’s favorite part, because he likes pissing on things!
Chinless Mitch and Boohoo even got the manufacturers to make special pads with the Constitution printed on them!
From THINK PROGRESS:
Yesterday, CNN released a survey showing that “Americans overwhelmingly believe that the government is broken.” In all, 86 percent of respondents said the government is broken, an increase of eight percentage points since 2006. In a town hall meeting on Friday, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said that the broken nature of Congress was a good thing, declaring, “I love gridlock”:
Coburn then segued into his relationship with the Democratic leader of the U.S. Senate.
“I get along well with Harry Reid,” Coburn said, saying they have a great relationship.
However, Coburn said the media never reports that because “that doesn’t sell newspapers.”
He went on to say that he is for gridlock in Congress.
“I love gridlock,” Coburn said. “I think we’re better off when we’re gridlocked because we’re not passing things.”
Here’s more of what Senator Coburn had to say, from the McAlester News-Capital:
U.S. Sen. Dr. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, traveled to McAlester on Friday and leveled verbal volleys at big government, the national debt, the media and most of all, Congress.
He also said what’s best for Oklahoma may not be what’s best for the nation.
With every seat filled in the main room of What About Bob’s restaurant, several of those attending had to stand against the wall as the senator unleashed a volley of criticism against Washington.
The congressman also took questions from those in attendance, which included Republicans, Democrats and members of the local TEA Party movement.
During the town hall session, Coburn addressed the upcoming meeting between Democrats and Republicans that the president requested to try and move the proposed health care overhaul forward.
“They didn’t want to hear from us,” Coburn said. “Now that it didn’t pass, they want to hear from us.”
“Do they really want to hear?” Coburn asked, indicating he suspected the upcoming summit was mostly called for political purposes.
The reason the health care measure hasn’t passed isn’t because of partisan differences, but because of philosophical differences, Coburn said.
Coburn also addressed obtaining federal funds for Oklahoma and what constitutes an earmark.
“I don’t think Oklahoma should be healthy if the country isn’t healthy,” said Coburn.
Something might be beneficial to Oklahoma, but cost $50 million, he said.
That could lead to members of Congress saying “He got an earmark. Why don’t I get an earmark,” Coburn said.
He said he was once a businessman with about 1,300 employees.
“I’ve never seen our country with the problems we have now in our lifetime,” Coburn said, drawing some “Amen brother!” comments from the crowd.
Coburn said the nation will have to borrow more than $1.7 trillion this year “just to run the government.
“In my opinion, we have a government that’s way too big, borrowing money we don’t have, to spend on things we don’t need.”
Don’t blame President Obama, Coburn said several times.
“The cause of it is the U.S. Congress,” Coburn said.
Speaking to members of the TEA Party movement who were present, Coburn said “The last thing you want is to let politicians take over your organization.
“The problem is we need to get rid of this ruling class we have today,” said Coburn, who is running for re-election for another six-year term to the seat he currently holds in the U.S. Senate.
By the way, there was one Rethuglican senator whom Chinless Mitch excused from Gridlock training. Yet, Diaper David Vitter still managed to get that whole Just Say No thing down pat.