Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl.) continues to fight wasteful spending. He has released his second report on so-called stimulus spending. He explains:
Over the past ten years, the national debt more than doubled as Congress went on a spending spree-and yet we still find ourselves in the midst of an economic downturn.
Americans who have lost their job, health insurance, or home, are facing mounting personal debts, but are also faced with the question of who will pay off the staggering national debt that has grown by more than $1.4 trillion over the past year.
The federal government must join American families in prioritizing its spending by making tough decisions. When we downplay wasting money on a $6 million project, it is easy to do it again ten more times. Once $60 million is out the door, it is easy to spend another $60 million and before you know it, billions of dollars we do not have are spent on things we do not need. Sadly, this type of spending is excused in Congress because -it‘s always been done that way.‖
The American people have always rejected arguments based on -it‘s always been done that way,‖ and will continue to do so. Congress needs to make hard choices and eliminate things that are a low priority-even if doing so is unpopular-so we can preserve this country for future generations.
If President Barack Obama is sincere about his desire to trim the deficit, picking up the Cobun report would be a good place for him to start.