Today’s Hero Politician

Senator Tom Coburn, A Republican from Oklahoma, released his budget plan, which he dubbed “Back in Black” on Monday (July 18).

I’m not saying its a good plan. I’m not particularly fond of Senator Coburn’s political stances on pretty much every issue. But his plan, at least at the high level, seems to take into consideration the important things a budget should consider. I don’t necessarily agree with his assessments of the budget, but it’s refreshing to see the assessments being made, rather than simply drawing a budget that follows party line bullet points. What truly sets this budget plan apart from most from the right wing of the political spectrum is the willingness to raise taxes, in many cases by closing loopholes that affect people who don’t really need the loopholes.

Any absolutist stance on any issue is a stance taken without thought. An unwillingness to consider possilities for exception is an unwillingness to think. In his “Back in Black” budget plan, Senator Coburn is showing that he does, in fact, think. That, in and of itself should be enough to make him a Hero Politician.

Again this is not an endorsement of Senator Coburn or his “Back in Black”  plan. It’s simply kudos for making an effort beyond the limits where most politicians will tread.


About wilogden

Wil Ogden was destined to be a wastrel but thwarted fate. During his second junior year in high school he discovered he had a muse and a talent for writing. Despite taking almost a decade to complete a bachelor's degree by changing majors eleven times, he managed to grow up. Along the way he worked as a blacksmith, a record store manager, a candy store manager, too many years in food service, a four year stint in the USAF, and finally settled down into Information Technology, which he uses to pay the bills and support his family of himself, his wife, son, seven daughters, two dogs, three cats, six chickens, a snake, a ferret and two parakeets.

Posted on July 19, 2011, in Tripe. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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