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Coburn: $800 Million Tax Hike Is ‘Like a Bleeding Patient Needing Leeches’

In Oklahoma, treat the cause of the problem 
By Tom Coburn

As a doctor, I investigated the root cause of problems. Some doctors have fallen into the trap of just treating symptoms — this is the major reason for the overdose epidemic.

In government, the prime way politicians, bureaucrats and some advocates approach government is to throw your hard-earned money at it. The answer to state government’s failures isn’t more money — it’s fiscally responsible governance.

Recurring revenues have been raised more than $700 million the past several years. State reports show the budget gap at less than $200 million. State government operational dysfunction abounds — for example, the scandal of at least $30 million squandered at the state Health Department. Oklahomans are striving to get out of a recession. Working Oklahomans need $800 million in annual tax increases like a hemorrhaging patient needs leeches.

Opportunities are numerous for fiscally responsible governance, so tax increases are unnecessary. Robust Medicaid enrollment audits are saving states billions — Oklahoma can implement this and save more than $80 million in state-share funds annually.

Read the complete story on NewsOK.com

3 thoughts on “Coburn: $800 Million Tax Hike Is ‘Like a Bleeding Patient Needing Leeches’

  • well get rid of the weasels and the blood suckers , and we just might have a chance to turn this sate around .

  • Tax payers are paying too high of wages for our elected officials and their appointed cronies and that includes the governors pay.

  • I miss Tom Coburn’s common sense and political acumen! Weed out the administrative over-staffing in our government, and wasteful spending! eg. Windmills producing energy, that will never generate a profit for the producing companies, even with taxpayer assistance! See 60-year experience in California!


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