Saturday, January 23, 2010

Coburn on the Issues

I have not done one of these in a really long time so what better time to start then as the 2010 mid-term election system starts to ramp up.

These are the positions of Tom Coburn who is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma.


Opposed to it. Very pro-life.

Gun Rights

Supports gun rights. Believes in the right of the individuals to own and keep firearms and opposes any efforts to control that right.

Tax Reform

Favors (and even co-sponsors) the Fair Tax Act.

Education Reform

Does not believe the federal government should be involved in education. Has not said point blank (that I know of) but seems pretty keen on dismantling the U.S. Department of Education. Believes that any federal funds for education should be limited to supporting the students rather than government bureaucrats.


Believes in securing our borders and enforcing existing immigration laws.
Opposes amnesty for any illegal immigrants.

Term Limits

Supports term limits. As a Congressman, he pledged to serve no more than 3 terms and kept that promise.
Has pledged to serve no more than 2 terms as a Senator.
Believes that elected officials should be citizen legislators and not career politicians.

Judicial Appointments

Believes that judges have overstepped their role in legislating from the bench because they are, in essence, accountable to no one.
He will not support any nominee who has a tendency to legislate from the bench.


  1. I don’t agree with Senator Coburn on a lot of issues but I think he has been a good Senator and I will probably be voting for him come November.

  2. specifically what do you disagree with him on?

  3. From this list, I disagree with him on abortion, education, and judicial appointees. On the judicial issue, I think that it is safe to say that conservative courts are as guilty as liberal courts in legislating from the bench.

  4. oh ok. i find of figured the abortion one.

    i'm a bit surprised that you still support the Department of Education though.

    one ? on judicial appointments though. are you saying that you are okay with judges legislating from the bench? according to Tom, he is just saying that he will NOT vote to appoint judges that legislate from the bench.

  5. No. I’m saying that conservative judges are just as likely to legislate from the bench as liberal judges.

    On the Department of Education, I am not ready to give up on it or public education. The education system does need to be reformed, we all agree on that, but I think taking the government out of it entirely is a bad idea.

  6. I agree. I think some of them do that too. However, I think Coburn is right to say that he will not vote to appoint someone that has a tendency to legislate from the bench. I would hope he would be honorable enough to feel the same if it was a "conservative" judge.

    Dept of Education. I think taking the FEDERAL government out of it is sorely needed. Nowhere in the Constitution does it list providing curriculum for education as a power invested in Congress, or elsewhere in the federal government. I think it is better off left to the states to determine who best to educate their children.

    I am going to post an article that my candidate, Elizabeth Scott, wrote about education recently here sometime today.