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No surprise, straight-shooting Sen. Tom Coburn says what he means in new book

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 19, 2012

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, never one to mince words, is true to form in his new book about the country's dire financial straits. But will Coburn's warnings and his criticism of both parties move the needle in any meaningful way?

Our guess is that it won't, because so much of what emanates out of Washington today is dismissed as spin or blather or self-promotion — everybody's playing an angle, everybody's out to score points to help them get re-elected. But Coburn, R-Muskogee, has never really played that game; indeed he said he would serve no more than two terms in the Senate and, with four years remaining in his second term, hasn't backed off that promise.

His observations in “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America” reflect what he has said many times since getting to the Senate — if we don't stop spending like this, particularly on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, we're headed for real trouble. And in order for real changes to occur, both sides of the aisle have to give a little.

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