Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sen. Coburn: GOP in 'Paralysis and Denial'

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is worried about the fall elections. His party, the Republican Party, is in trouble because they haven't been behaving like Republicans.

Writing in today's Wall Street Journal (of course), Dr. Coburn offers a prescription for GOP health, but only if the party returns "to the path of limited government."

Although he doesn't mention the current Republican president by name, Coburn's column is a not-too-subtle attack on the policies of George W. Bush and his political guru, Karl Rove.

What ails the party, Coburn insists, is "the triumph of big-government Republicanism and failed experiments like the K Street Project and 'compassionate conservatism.'"

Coburn even invokes Scripture in his argument against wasteful government spending, noting that true giving requires "sacrifice by the giver." He continues: "This is why Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell his possessions…."

We doubt that many Oklahoma Republicans will take the good doctor's advice. The muddled party of George Bush—a man who never had to sacrifice anything in his life—is unlikely to start sacrificing now.


Tulsan said...

On AlterNet today:

Xenophobia and Anti-Gay Legislation Galore: What's the Matter with Oklahoma? by Richard L. Fricker, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based freelance reporter/writer and two-time winner of the American Business Press Editors Award for Investigative Journalism.

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