Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Dr. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, didn’t offer his constituents any sugar Friday with the strong medicine he told them the nation will have to swallow to cure its burgeoning financial woes.
Coburn spoke to an overflow crowd of approximately 80 individuals Friday afternoon at The Meeting Place restaurant in downtown McAlester. The senator said he called the meeting to hear from his constituents, and hear from them he did.
However, regardless of the subject, most of the talking reverted back to Coburn’s opinion of Congress and the federal administration as a group of overspenders in many areas.
Still, Coburn offered some hope — but only if stringent steps are taken and the nation’s leaders ... lead.
Although Coburn never spoke the name of presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the town hall meeting, he did say several times a change is needed.
“We don’t have one problem in front of our country we can’t solve. What we need is leadership,” said Coburn, who’s into his seventh year in the U.S. Senate.
“We can fix it,” Coburn said. The question is, he added, “Will the pure politicians let us?”
Coburn then surveyed the room and said “It’s going to require sacrifices on everybody’s part.”
Judging from the tone of some of the questions, some may be more willing to make what Coburn perceives as sacrifices than others.
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