Since it was speculated earlier on this blog that he may consider running for President (a better idea we haven’t heard in a long time), it seemed appropriate to cross-post this here to show why that would be a great idea.

The U.S. Senate has long been admired as an institution incredibly good at doing incredibly little. That’s not to say the denizens of the upper chamber work slowly, or lack focus, passion or resolve – it’s just to say that … ok, maybe that’s exactly what we’re trying to say.

There are notable exceptions, and Sen. Tom Coburn is certainly one. This week, as Senate Democrats look to steal a page from the unwritten, unpaginated British Constitution (tip: never let facts as they “exist” get in the way of good metaphors) and cast a no-confidence vote on Alberto Gonzales, the embattled Earl of Shelburne, Sen. Coburn has informed his leaders that if such a resolution is brought to the floor, he will seek a vote on a nifty no-confidence resolution of his own: viz., no confidence in the ability of the U.S. Senate to control profligate spending.

Senator Coburn writes:

It is hypocritical for the Senate to grand stand for political purposes while ignoring its own shortcomings that threaten the solvency of Social Security and Medicare and the standard of living of future generations.

The Senate has a responsibility to be good stewards and secure the future for our children and grandchildren. We must, therefore, first hold Congress accountable for its failures, before pointing fingers at the shortcomings of others, by acknowledging and accepting the lack of confidence that the public has in Congress’ unwillingness to cut wasteful spending and balance the budget.

Both resolutions would, in parliamentary terms, amount to absolutely nothing of substance. But Sen. Coburn has once again found his way to a very important point: the responsibility of appointing a Viceroy of Justice of whom the American people can be proud – and in whom they can have confidence – is the job of the American exchequer … and, if not him, the president. The job of assigning reasonable limits to the number and frequency of taxpayer dollars extracted each day from the U.S. Treasury is, in a much more direct and enumerated way – the job of the U.S. Congress. Maybe it’s high time that old men in marble houses stop throwing scones. Or something like that.

Cross-posted from www.itsfirstfriday.com

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