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Will Tom Coburn's Departure From the Gang of Six Encourage Cooperation?

Politics 2011/05/17 22:47:02
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The debt ceiling has taken a stressful toll on America's new "Gang of Six," the bipartisan group of senators hellbent on sorting out the national debt crisis.

It's gotten so bad that Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has taken a break from the discussion group, The Daily Beast Reports.

He is disappointed the group has not been able to bridge the gap between what needs to happen and what senators will support,” the Oklahoman’s spokesman said. The group’s three Democrats and two remaining Republicans said they intend to keep working, with the GOP’s Saxby Chambliss and Mike Crapo expressing tempered optimism.

Perhaps Coburn's departure is a signal that if both parties don't come to an agreement soon, these issues could dissolve important discussions completely and lead us nowhere fast.

At the very least, we hope it will allow him to return the the table with a refreshed set of eyes.

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  • Magus BN-0 2011/05/18 01:43:10
    No
    Magus BN-0
    +9
    A better move would be for Coburn to depart the Senate in disgrace for his role in the hush money to his buddy John Ensign's mistress.

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  • DUGGINS 2011/05/25 15:16:36
    No
    DUGGINS
    The ordinary American works hard and pays taxes to be used to pay the country's bills, but those in Congress think it's a handout to them to spend as they please which is far from the truth. Now if the ordinary Joe spends more than he makes what happens? well he ends up in debt up to his neck, and
    if he doesn't control his spending he eventually ends up in the poor house, he loses possibly his home
    and car and has to find some cheap rental property thus the word poverty.
    Ah Ha! the same doesn't hold true for the U.S. Congress, what the heck it's not their money they spend it's the American taxpayers money, but those in Washington have a different mindset they think it's their money, and they think we the people don't have a say in how it's spent, so they use it to dole out to their friends who voted for them and it doesn't matter what party is in power the spending continues then they blame each other and the public like dummies take sides and argue among themselves and nothing ever gets done and the country keeps getting deeper in debt. The result is recession and then depression and those carpetbaggers in Washington still get paid and spend more money and the ordinary Joe is selling Apples on the street corner, does this sound familiar to anyone of you?
    This pattern of abuse of the taxpayers money will continue forever unless all the people say enough is
    enough and pull a Donald Trump and say to everyone of them, " YOUR FIRED."
  • mae 2011/05/19 22:38:51
    Yes
    mae
    Yes, maybe, we shall soon find out..Hope the best for this group, as it is surely a mighty task, and God knows, we need to balance out that debt ceiling before May 21st, lest we leave Earth with an overdrawn bank account...
  • Gabhain 2011/05/19 07:32:37
    Yes
    Gabhain
    +2
    A cloud of negativity follows him everywhere. Maybe his absence will allow some progress.
  • Q 2011/05/18 22:41:43
    Yes
    Q
    +2
    Couldn't hurt, afterall bi-partisan and Tom Coburn go together like oil and water!
  • kevracer 2011/05/18 22:14:59
    Yes
    kevracer
    +1
    the other five finally figured out that Coburn's an idiot
  • David850 2011/05/18 21:59:02
    No
    David850
    I hope not!
  • Tigger Too 2011/05/18 20:20:49
    No
    Tigger Too
    I doubt that Senator Tom Coburn has walked away from the "Gang of Six" hammering out a consensus on the nation's debt crisis merely because of the group's failure to come together on making a decision. I think the REAL reason Coburn ghosted is because he's being investigated for covering up the [now former] Senator John Ensign affair, a scandal that may ultimately cost Coburn his job. Thus, IMO, this crook isn't all that concerned about the debt ceiling right now. He's more concerned about keeping his ass out of a sling that could cause him to be run off of Capitol Hill on a rail. Man, getting caught's a bitch!
  • relic 2011/05/18 20:20:14
    No
    relic
    Won't happen.
  • Jimbo 2011/05/18 19:34:25
    No
    Jimbo
    +2
    Sadly his K street friend Ensign got his support when it should not have been given. To forgive him is one thing, to cover up quite another. Coburn was more apt to compromise than his Tea Party brethren in the GOP. His being off the committee IMO harms cooperation by the people in his party.
  • Stan Kapusta 2011/05/18 19:17:57
    No
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    Magus said it better than I.
  • Defend Western Civlization 2011/05/18 17:58:20
    Yes
    Defend Western Civlization
    might as well he is a liberal democrat
  • Keen Tojones 2011/05/18 17:43:54
    No
    Keen Tojones
    There are ways of getting things done.
  • obamabeatsmccain 2011/05/18 17:12:04
    Yes
    obamabeatsmccain
    +1
    he has to leave. $hits gunna hit the fan on his cooperation with the FBI in the sex scandle of former senator from Nevada and his role in it as $$$$ broker and then lying about it in public statements. he's done.
  • william keegan 2011/05/18 16:33:19
    No
    william keegan
    +2
    The Democrat version of cooperation is “my way or the highway”. It has been that way for at least the last 30 years. When Republicans don’t capitulate they cry to their sycophant buddies in the MSM that they can’t get anything done because of Republican inflexibility. When the Republicans have been in control, the Democrats never cooperate, they again cry to the MSM that the Republicans are extremists.
  • the spo... william... 2011/05/18 18:36:10
    the spoiler
    +1
    We all know the last Adm. to balance the budget was the Democrats, who did it before that ?
  • Risk the spo... 2011/05/18 19:12:07
    Risk
    It was never really balanced ! Figures Lie and Liars figure ! Demos are the first to bitch but defend it to the end when guilty of the same thing !
  • Jimbo Risk 2011/05/18 19:42:58
    Jimbo
    +1
    There was one period when a miniscule reduction in the national debt occurred, 5/12/00 to 5/11/01 before the Dubya budget and tax cuts. Check the Treasury figures, they are public record. Ike before that in 57-58.
  • the spo... Risk 2011/06/30 12:43:56
    the spoiler
    And you know all this how? "If you watch through bias eyes, the truth will elusive" quote the spoiler
  • Risk the spo... 2011/06/30 12:53:52
    Risk
    and if you are the one to decide who's eyes are biased and who's aren't then there would be no need for me to read newspapers or watch news media as you could just decide for me ? Quote myself !
  • the spo... Risk 2011/06/30 14:55:16
    the spoiler
    I never said you had Bias eyes, the "you" in the quote ment "anyone". Maybe if you read it over and over and over and over and over one day you MIGHT understand
  • Risk the spo... 2011/06/30 15:06:15
    Risk
    I never said I had a bias eyes ! Maybe if you read it over and over and over and over and over your thick brain might grasp it but it's doubtful !
  • relic the spo... 2011/05/18 20:22:27
    relic
    +1
    No, it was only a democrat president. Congress (both houses) was Republican; they forced Clinton into accepting it (such that it was "Balanced").
  • the spo... relic 2011/06/30 14:40:02
    the spoiler
    Clinton forced them to raise taxes
  • william... the spo... 2011/05/19 04:35:50
    william keegan
    +1
    The ONLY way a Democrat Admin. balanced the budget was after it lost both the House and the Senate. As long as the Democrats controlled the government they could not. Witness 1992-1994 and 2008-2010.
  • Jimbo william... 2011/05/18 19:40:16
    Jimbo
    Tip O'Neill and Reagan compromised all the time and more than once shared a bottle together. Byrd had little power in the Senate being the first to gloat about sticking it to the other side. Newt Gingrich took my way or the highway to another level. After 911 the country was together but the neocons drove wedges between the parties with things like the Nuclear option. Pelosi followed in Newt steps not letting anything come from the opposition. What goes around, comes around. Same for the president putting Ryan down after years of receiving same. Too bad the compromising play nice characters in O'Neill and Simpson are few and far between in both parties.
  • william... Jimbo 2011/05/19 04:48:18
    william keegan
    +1
    You sure do have a distorted memory of what has happened over the past 30 years or so. O'Neil got along with his opposition after hours, but on regular time he ran the house with an iron fist. During that time Reagan nominated perhaps the most qualified candidate ever to the SCOUS, Bork. Did you notice all the cooperation he got from the Democrats.
  • jams 2011/05/18 16:31:09
    No
    jams
    Congress can't handle this issue because they created it by allowing $10 Trillion in "off-budget" spending for the Iraq War. If Congress addresses the debt ceiling, they can't avoid the political reality of why we reached it again - so just quit.

    Default and let the markets sort it out. The government created the problem.
  • Joe 2011/05/18 15:40:01
    No
    Joe
    Let teh system crash we need no Government for a week or so. Ground the planes because the FAA would be shut down,shut down everything allthe office workers inc the Generals a weeks vacation
  • Idiot r... Joe 2011/05/19 17:56:21
    Idiot repubs
    Maybe you don't understand that if you have any investments they may be worthless.

    This is not about some days off.
  • Joe Idiot r... 2011/05/19 18:00:23
    Joe
    The debt was run up over years and now you want to put the blame on one man Lets call the Debt the Ronald Reagan Memorial Debt
  • Idiot r... Joe 2011/05/19 18:02:04
    Idiot repubs
    I agree with you there, but the GOp holding the US credit worthiness hostage is treasonous.
  • Joe Idiot r... 2011/06/18 20:18:48
  • big dipper 2011/05/18 14:49:15
    No
    big dipper
    +1
    This is a move to address his issues with his invlovement in the Ensign Scandel. He helped negotiate the illegal settlements and could be venerable to legal action, as well as, Senate investigation.
  • Dugger712 2011/05/18 14:37:42
    No
    Dugger712
    I would like to think that it would but these senators are in the back pockets of the Super Rich.
  • Space Invader 2011/05/18 14:29:46
    Yes
    Space Invader
    +1
    you can only run into a wall so many times..till the taste of your own blood sours run wall times taste blood sours running into a wall
  • unclepat 2011/05/18 14:23:14
    No
    unclepat
    +3
    Maybe it's really the stress of having to deal with the "C-street posse" that caused his departure. Nice display of hypocrisy though, what with the claims to immunity about his role in the "Ensign affair", because a "doctor" or "Pastor" can't tell on anyone. What pure and utter BULLSHYYYYYT!
    Family values my eyeballs.
  • Rick from Overland Park 2011/05/18 13:54:31
    No
    Rick from Overland Park
    +1
    As an Oklahoman, I say he should stay in their and fight. Put forth what is right for us and if the senators do not support it, let the citizens see what is happening. This may be what we need to change some of the senators.
  • Tuna 2011/05/18 13:43:41
    No
    Tuna
    +1
    Please go to www.goooh.com (get out of our house); we plan to FIRE the career politicians and take away the $$ trillions we have to pay them even when they are gone. www goooh house plan fire career politicians trillions pay career politicians
  • Birthpangs 2011/05/18 13:38:44
  • luvguins Birthpangs 2011/05/18 14:47:52
    luvguins
    +2
    What a VA dope you are. It's Mark Warner, not John, and he knows plenty about big business management, and also about being a former governor of VA which could be helpful to this group.
    Getting senile, gramps?

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