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Yes Dr Coburn, the majority of Congress is only interested in protecting their cushy seat and not protecting the public – PB/TK

Coburn: Let states do what Washington won’t – By Greg Corombos / June 2 2017

Dr. Tom Coburn spent 16 years in Congress and quit because lawmakers refused to make tough choices to spare future generations the burden of crushing debt.

But his agenda is unchanged and he is now calling for a Convention of the States so state and local leaders can do the work Washington politicians refuse to address.

Coburn served Oklahoma in the House of Representatives from 1995-2001. He was elected twice to the U.S. Senate before resigning in 2015. He is also the author of “Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government.”

Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides two ways for amendments to be enacted. The more common way is for both chambers of Congress to approve an amendment by two-thirds majorities, followed by three-quarters of the states ratifying the proposal. However, Article V also allows for two-thirds of states to convene and approve amendments which would still require approval by three-quarters of the states.

Coburn says business as usual in Washington proves politicians are not up to the task of reining in government.

“Everybody said things would change in 2010. Then they said things would change in 2014. Then they said things would change in 2016,” said Coburn, who contends there’s a very simple explanation for why those campaign promises are not kept.

“Most members of Congress are conflicted and the conflict is this: Do I do what’s best for the country and maybe lose my election or do I do what’s best for my political career so I can maintain my status as an elite?” said Coburn. “The desire for power, which our founders very well knew, trumps everything else.”

Continue to wnd.com article: http://www.wnd.com/2017/06/coburn-let-states-do-what-washington-wont/?cat_orig=politics

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