Senator Tom Coburn, R.I.P.

Senator Tom Coburn speaking at the 2009 Family PAC Cruise.

A government waste fighter in Congress has died.

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Thomas Coburn was know locally for blowing a national whistle on the McHenry County Board’s Federal stimulus loan to Lakewood’s proposed SportsPlex.

In 2009, he also spoke at my favorite political fundraiser, Paul Caprio’s Family PAC Cruise on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

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Adam Andrzejewski observes the following in Forbes:

“Coburn was a tireless public servant and citizen legislator who brought decades of real-world experience to our nation’s toughest challenges. At his core, he was an entrepreneur and private sector physician who delivered 4,000 babies in his hometown. We always called him ‘Dr. Coburn’ – not Senator – because of his first calling.

“In the U.S. Senate and afterwards, Dr. Coburn advocated for healthcare price discovery. Last fall, even after Coburn had stopped doing all media because of the advancing cancer, he didn’t stop writing. Coburn’s editorial published at FOX News is a tour-de-force argument on the issue.

“Last May, Dr. Coburn urged an oversight report on the top “non-profit” charitable hospitals across the country who were making big profits. Within 30 days, at Coburn’s direction, we quantified a 23 percent annual increase in non-profit hospital net assets while, separately, some CEO’s made up to $59.4 million during a four-year period.”


Senator Tom Coburn, R.I.P. — 5 Comments

  1. “…my favorite political fundraiser, Paul Caprio’s Family PAC Cruise on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.” This is where my sunshine blogger’s journalistic skills shine best; the one day in the year Chicago and Cook County are great, stuffing that immense belly with a truckload of free food. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, hug your neighbor, tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  2. One of the True Good Ones…not only was he a great Leader, he was a Doctor who delivered Babies into the world.

    A good guy and my kind of guy; in favor of term limits and held himself to it, favor of gun rights, against abortion, known as “Dr No” when it came to pork hidden in Bills—could’ve used him last week.

    Rest in Eternal Peace Sir, your work here on earth is now complete.

  3. God bless Coburn! Now he won’t have to see martial law in America

  4. I actually saw flies come out of Angel L’s mouth.

    And I’m not talking about 1 or ‘ a few’ flies…… I mean hundreds of them.

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