Archive for the ‘Al Franken’ Category
In his attempt to sound reasonable, Sen. Franken is willing to consider the possibility of what’s inevitable. According to this Washington Post article, Sen. Franken is “willing to consider” delaying the individual mandate if HealthCare.gov isn’t running soon:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says he would be open to a brief delay in the individual mandate if the problems with HealthCare.gov aren’t fixed by the end of the month, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“I think then we have to consider extending the deadline for the mandate, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen,” Franken told MPR.
If Sen. Franken thinks that’s being reasonable, he’d better pay attention. HealthCare.gov won’t be operational anytime soon. Tech experts have said that it’d be easier to hire a crew of real experts build a new website from scratch rather than attempt to patch HealthCare.gov up. Couple that with this week’s testimony that the billing part of the portal isn’t built and you’ve got a full-fledged disaster on your hands.
Sen. Franken’s biggest ‘sin’ is that he had the opportunity to delay the individual mandate. During the shutdown, Republicans offered that in a bill. Sen. Franken voted in lock-step with Harry Reid, meaning he voted against it. Sen. Franken also voted against repealing the medical device manufacturing tax.
Sen. Franken voted with Sen. Reid 100% of the time during the government shutdown. That isn’t being a leader. Minnesotans shouldn’t have to pay for a puppet. Sen. Franken was Sen. Reid’s puppet on every major vote this year. It isn’t difficult to make a case that Sen. Reid or Sen. Schumer does Sen. Franken’s thinking for him. The truth is that precious little of what Sen. Franken says isn’t part of the Democrats’ chanting points.
The biggest point to remember is that Sen. Franken voted for this disaster back on Christmas Eve Day of 2009. This disaster wouldn’t have happened had Sen. Franken done what’s best for Minnesotans instead of doing what Sen. Reid told him to do.
Sen. Franken has said some outrageous things in office. At this point, I’m not surprised at Sen. Franken’s outrageous statements. I’m more surprised when he makes a sensible statement. Sen. Franken’s quote in this article is indicative of what type of senator he is:
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who is running for re-election next year, said he was still reviewing the details of the president’s proposal to determine whether it’s sufficient.
“But I believe it’s a step in the right direction and I hope it will help those Minnesotans whose plans were cancelled,” he said.
That’s proof that Sen. Franken, first and foremost, is an Obama apologist. President Obama’s ‘fix’ is a political gimmick. It isn’t a serious policy adjustment.
First, partisans like Howard Dean knows that President Obama doesn’t have the constitutional authority to unilaterally rewrite laws. Either Sen. Franken doesn’t respect the Constitution’s separation of powers or that point escaped him. It’s troubling that a U.S. senator is either disinterested in the Constitution or is utterly incompetent.
Second, state insurance commissioners had said that they wouldn’t approve the re-instatement of the old plans that don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum requirements. President Obama’s fix is a gimmick that serious people have already dismissed. Don’t Minnesotans have the right to expect Sen. Franken to act in their best interest rather than playing the role of President Obama’s apologist?
Third, this shows how little Sen. Franken understands how businesses function, especially those that deal with actuarial data. Insurance premiums aren’t determined by guesses. They’re calculated, then examined for accuracy, then double-checked to make sure the math is rock solid. Apparently, Sen. Franken thinks that an insurance company can pull a new policy together without first calculating the risks and the demographics.
Fourth, Sen. Franken said that he “hopes” this will help Minnesotans. That would require putting specific policies together, then getting the insurance commissioner to approve the new policy offerings. That’s before considering the fact that 140,000 Minnesotans need that insurance in place by January 1, 2014. That’d effectively give insurance companies about a week to pull their part off while giving insurance commissioners another week to approve those policies. If that happens, which isn’t a guarantee, then customers would have about 2 weeks to find a plan, then purchase it.
Even Mary Poppins couldn’t get Minnesotans to swallow that nonsense.
Saturday night, a faithful reader of LFR tried logging onto the MnSure website. This is the message this reader got:
Seriously? I just tried to login to the site to view and apply for plans at 10:33 pm on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 and I got this message:
the system is available monday through saturday, 6 am to 10 pm
please visit us during those hours to apply and enroll
Thank you for your interest in MNsure
Gov. Dayton, Sen. Klobuchar, Sen. Franken and other prominent Democrats have touted how fantastic the MnSure portal is. This information is proof that MnSure’s website isn’t like Kayak’s or Amazon’s websites. In fact, I’d argue that MnSure’s motto is ‘close enough for government work’. Further, I’d argue that the government version of customer service is nothing like the customer service at Amazon or Target.
All kidding aside, MnSure isn’t meeting people’s needs. This can’t be viewed in isolation. It must be viewed from the perspective that people who’ve had their policies canceled are depending on MnSure being operational at their convenience, not at the government’s convenience.
That MnSure isn’t open 24/7 is additional proof that government customer service stinks because it lacks a profit motive. Whether the job is done poorly or whether it’s done exceptionally, the pay is the same. There’s virtually no chance that the people staffing MnSure will get fired or take a pay cut.
That’s the biggest fallacy exposed by the Affordable Care Act. Government shouldn’t be in the business of telling clinics, doctors or hospitals how to care for patients. Having government telling doctors, hospitals and clinics how to care for patients is like having Bernie Sanders explain capitalism to Art Laffer.
The disgraceful part of this is that Gov. Dayton, Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar have pretended like the MnSure website is running perfectly. Clearly, that isn’t the case. In fact, it’s clear that the website’s approach to customer service is mostly about doing what the government wants, not fulfilling the customers’ needs.
Gov. Dayton, Sen. Franken, Sen. Klobuchar and the DFL legislature should be ashamed of themselves for constructing this disaster.
Sen. Franken’s grasp of what’s happening with the Affordable Care Act is breathtakingly devoid of reality. This KSTP video shows how much Sen. Franken is in denial:
Scott Theisen’s article for KSTP highlights the fact that Sen. Franken a) doesn’t want to admit that HealthCare.gov is an unmitigated disaster and b) is in total spin mode:
Speaking to the media after meeting in St. Paul with medical device company officials, the Minnesota Democrat said ongoing technical problems with the federal health insurance website are “inexcusable.” But Franken said he thinks they’re getting better.
That’s total BS. HealthCare.gov is still sending incorrect personal information to the insurance companies. The website is still a nightmare to navigate. If Sen. Franken thinks that improving minor things on the periphery is proof that things are getting better, he’s setting his sights too low.
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, David Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagan of North Carolina advocated an extension. Like Franken, both Pryor and Hagan are up for re-election next year and are likely to be judged by voters for the success or failure of the law at that point.
Franken wasn’t ready to join their chorus, though he didn’t rule out eventual delay. “We’ll have to see how long this takes to get fixed and how much improved this is,” Franken said. “I’d be open to that if this continues, of course, but my understanding is this is improving every day.”
Sen. Franken shouldn’t be trusted if he’s willing to say that things are “improving every day.” If things are “improving every day,” why did President Obama push Kathleen Sebelius off to the side and put Jeff Zients in charge of getting HealthCare.gov functioning properly?
This isn’t complicated. Either Sen. Franken thinks that things are improving or he takes note that the woman tasked with putting HealthCare.gov together for the last 3 years was thrown under President Obama’s bus. He can’t believe both things are proof that things are improving.
On a different but related topic, during the news segment of At Issue With Tom Hauser, Sen. Franken said that he’s still pushing to repeal a tax he voted to create. He’s supporting the repeal of the medical device manufacturing excise tax, saying that the device tax “is chasing companies overseas.”
I don’t doubt that the device tax is chasing companies overseas because I wrote about that phenomenon in this post:
“This bill is a jobs killer,” said Ernie Whiton, chief financial officer of Chelmsford’s Zoll Medical Corp., which employs about 650 people in Massachusetts. Many of those employees work in Zoll’s local manufacturing facility making heart defibrillators. “We could be forced to (move) manufacturing overseas if we can’t pass along these costs to our customers,” said Whiton.
Here’s what we know about Sen. Franken: he thinks HealthCare.gov is improving and he’s finally figured out that the tax he voted to create drives employers away. Further, we know that Republicans predicted this of the medical device tax from before the tax was created.
Question: Why should Minnesotans vote for the not-too-bright Franken when they can vote for someone who actually knows how to create jobs? That decision is a no-brainer.
During the last 3+ weeks, we’ve seen Al Franken make one terrible decision after another. Actually, we’ve seen Chuck Schumer make his decisions for him. Prior to and during the Obama Shutdown, Al Franken voted on multiple reasonable Republican proposals. Each time, Al Franken was a good little mind-numbed soldier for Sens. Reid and Schumer.
For instance, Al Franken voted against a proposal that said Congress shouldn’t be exempted from the laws they’ve written and voted for. When he did that, his vote said that he’s fine with getting special subsidies that aren’t available to anyone except Congress.
That’s classic stand-up-for-the-little-guy stuff, Democrat style.
According to Kimberley Strassel’s article, Al Franken is supporting Jean Shaheen’s proposal:
Jeanne Shaheen doesn’t sound like a Democrat who just won a government-shutdown “victory.” Ms. Shaheen sounds like a Democrat who thinks she’s going to lose her job.
The New Hampshire senator fundamentally altered the health-care fight on Tuesday with a letter to the White House demanding it both extend the ObamaCare enrollment deadline and waive tax penalties for those unable to enroll. Within nanoseconds, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor had endorsed her “common-sense idea.” By Wednesday night, five Senate Democrats were on board, pushing for . . . what’s that dirty GOP word? Oh, right. “Delay.”
Now that it’s Jeanne Shaheen’s proposal, Franken is supporting delaying the individual mandate:
CNN reports that all 16 Senate Democrats up for re-election are expected to support Ms. Shaheen’s proposal.
This is partisanship at its worst. Saying no to the right ideas simply because he didn’t want to admit that Republicans were right in calling for delaying the individual mandate is doing the wrong thing for the worst reasons. That’s Al Franken alright.
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed, Al Franken has promised he’ll vote to repeal the medical device tax. During the shutdown, Franken voted against repealing the medical device tax. Again, that was when it was a Republican proposal. I’d bet the proverbial ranch that he’ll vote for it the minute it’s a Democratic proposal.
That isn’t just foolish policymaking. It’s vindictiveness and pettiness at its worst. Worst, it’s proof that Al Franken doesn’t represent Minnesota. He represents Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. Certainly, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and other Minnesota-based medical device manufacturers and their employees would appreciate seeing the tax repealed.
Doing what’s right for these companies didn’t matter to Franken. When Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer come calling for Franken’s vote, it’s their’s.
Franken professes great admiration for the late Sen. Wellstone. While Wellstone was a partisan, he fought first for Minnesotans. Thanks to the last month, we know that that isn’t a priority for Franken. We know that because there’s a litany of votes proving Franken’s partisanship-first mindset.
Technorati: Al Franken, Jeanne Shaheen, Government Shutdown, Affordable Care Act, Individual Mandate, Medical Device Tax Repeal, Premium Support, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Democrats, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Manufacturers
GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden had another strong fundraising quarter, which establishes him as a top-tier candidate and not just because of his fundraising figures:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s campaign said on Thursday that he had raised $700,000 in the last three months and has $1.2 million cash on hand in his quest to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken. The haul gives McFadden, an executive on leave from Lazard Middle Management with no political background, two steady quarters from which to launch his campaign. He raised about $700,000 in the first part of this year.
If Mr. McFadden is the GOP candidate that faces Sen. Franken next November, he’ll still be fighting an uphill fight. That doesn’t mean Sen. Franken is guaranteed victory. In the shutdown showdown, Sen. Franken voted against a) opening the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, b) repealing the medical device tax and c) for keeping a substantial special subsidy for health insurance that’s only available to Congress.
Sen. Franken has voted the way Sen. Reid has told him to. It’s noteworthy that Sen. Reid has proven to be a tyrant this past week. He told CNN’s Dana Bash that he didn’t want to open the NIH. He’s refused to fund any part of the federal government unless Republicans essentially give Democrats everything they want.
With the money he’s raising, Mr. McFadden will be able to highlight how Sen. Franken sided with DC’s special interests and his woefully misguided party rather than fighting for Minnesotans’ best interests. That’s only part of Sen. Franken’s worries. I’ve heard Mr. McFadden’s interviews. He’s quick, to the point and sincere, qualities that Sen. Franken doesn’t have.
Technorati: Mike McFadden, Fundraising, Lazard Middle Management, GOP, Al Franken, Harry Reid, Government Shutdown, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, World War II Memorial, National Parks Service, Democrats, Election 2014
If anything’s clear about the Democratic Party, it’s that they won’t hesitate in intimidating their political opponents. Recently, Sen. Dick Durbin tried bullying some conservative organizations:
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois thinks the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups hasn’t gone far enough, and he wants to help. He’s doing some bullying of his own.
Mr. Durbin wrote to hundreds of corporate and foundation supporters of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nonprofit organization that advances conservative policies in the state legislatures, demanding they tell him where they stand on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law. “Although ALEC does not maintain a public list of corporate members or donors,” he wrote, “other public documents indicate that your company funded ALEC at some point during the period between ALEC’s adoption of model ‘stand your ground’ legislation in 2005 and the present day.…I am seeking clarification whether organizations that have funded ALEC’s operations in the past currently support ALEC and the model ‘stand your ground’ legislation.”
That’s off-limits and Sen. Durbin knows it:
Mr. Durbin’s bullying recalls the bullying of the NAACP during the civil rights struggles in the South. In 1956, the state of Alabama tried to force disclosure of the group’s members, knowing that many of them would feel threatened if their names became public knowledge. The Supreme Court intervened. Writing for a unanimous court, Justice John Marshall Harlan declared that “this Court has recognized the vital relationship between freedom to associate and privacy in one’s associations .” He agreed that making the names public would expose them to “economic reprisal, loss of employment, threat of physical coercion, and other manifestations of physical hostility.” Similar economic reprisal is what the senator suggests, and not so subtly, with his letter.
Sen. Durbin isn’t the only Democrat to threaten and intimidate conservative organizations. Check out this letter from Democratic senators Chuck Schumer, Al Franken, Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall and Jeanne Shaheen. At the top of the letterhead is this threatening line:
Senators Seek To End Tax Code Abuse By Political Groups Masquerading As ‘Social Welfare Organizations’
This letter was sent to the IRS. Here’s one of these Democrats’ ‘suggestions’:
First, we urge the IRS to adopt a bright line test in applying its “primary purpose” regulation that is consistent with the Code’s 501(c)(4) exclusivity language. The IRS currently only requires that the purpose of these non-profits be “primarily” related to social welfare activities, without defining what “primarily” means. This standard should be spelled out more fully by the IRS. Some have suggested 51 percent as an appropriate threshold for establishing that a nonprofit is adhering to its mission, but even this number would seem to allow for more political election activity than should be permitted under the law. In the absence of clarity in the administration of section 501(c)(4), organizations are tempted to abuse its vagueness, or worse, to organize under section 501(c)(4) so that they may avail themselves of its advantages even though they are not legitimate social welfare organizations. If the IRS does not adopt a bright line test, or if it adopts one that is inconsistent with the Code’s exclusivity language, then we plan to pursue legislation codifying such a test.
This letter from these senators gives the IRS the political cover they need to harass conservative organizations’ (c)(4) applications.
Second, such organizations should be further obligated to document in their 990 IRS form the exact percentage of their undertakings dedicated to “social welfare.” Organizations should be required to “show their math” to demonstrate that political election activities and other statutorily limited or prohibited activities do not violate the “primary purpose” regulation.
The IRS 990 form isn’t a public document. It’s confidential for the reasons stated in the NAACP vs. Alabama Supreme Court decision.
These Democrats’ actions proves that they won’t hesitate in intimidating legitimate organizations. They’re proof of the Democrats’ culture of corruption. Over the last 4 years, 292 conservative organizations have applied for exempt status. It isn’t that these applications have been rejected. It’s that they’ve been held so that these organizations can’t even appeal the rulings.
Despite this activity, Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel, an Obama appointee, testified that the IRS hasn’t engaged in political warfare. At this point, with this amount of evidence, why should anyone believe them?
This weekend, I got this fundraising e-letter update from Sen. Franken:
Good news came in the mail for a lot of Americans recently.
Over the last couple of weeks, insurance companies mailed out more than $500 million in rebate checks to families and businesses all around the country.
Why? Because of a provision I wrote into Obamacare that requires insurers to spend a certain percentage of your premium dollars on actual health care. Not marketing, not CEO salaries, not profit — actual health care. And if they fall short? They have to rebate back the difference.
You might have gotten a check yourself. Or, if you get your insurance through your job, you might have seen the savings through your employer. Either way, I’d like to hear from you.
Did you get a check this summer? Are your premiums going down? Let me know by clicking here — I need your story!
Even if you didn’t get a check, you’re benefitting from this new rule (it’s usually referred to as “medical loss ratio” or the “80/20 rule”), because it’s forcing insurance companies to be more efficient and spend your money more carefully — which, in turn, will keep health care costs in check.
This provision — based on an idea that came from Minnesota — didn’t get a lot of headlines during the health care debate. But it’s working — and the proof is in the mailboxes of families and businesses all over the country.
It’s important that we make sure people know that this provision is making a difference. So if it’s made a difference for you, I need your story.
Click here to tell me your story.
There’s a lot of talk about Obamacare these days — about the people it’s already helping and also about the work we need to do to improve the law and our health care system.
But there’s also a lot of nonsense out there. And if we’re going to keep making progress, we have to hear from people who know first-hand that this provision we fought for is making a difference.
If you got a rebate check this summer, click here to share your story!
Thanks for all you do,
P.S.: I’m really proud of the medical loss ratio provision in Obamacare, and really proud that it’s already making a difference. But I didn’t do this alone, not by a long shot — and I’m going to need more help from folks like you to keep making progress. So if you have a story about how this provision has helped you, please click here and share it with me.
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Sen. Franken’s spin notwithstanding, the reality is that the PPACA is hurting families, mostly with lackluster job creation reports. If Sen. Franken wants credit for the rebate checks, we should criticize him for the lackluster job creation reports that are creating hundreds of thousands of part-time jobs but few full-time jobs.
There’s a new class of small businesses thanks to the PPACA. They’re called 49ers, as in keeping employee counts under 50. They’re doing this to avoid dealing with the PPACA’s regulations.
Sen. Franken robotically talks about growing the economy “from the middle class out.” It’s a fine-sounding soundbit but it doesn’t have anything to do with reality. It’s impossible to grow the middle class when 77% of the jobs being created are part-time jobs. It’s impossible to grow the middle class when wages are stagnating. It’s impossible to grow the middle class when job creation figures are this paltry.
Sen. Franken has cheerfully voted for most of President Obama’s failed economic policies. America’s anemic economic growth can be blamed, at least partially, on Sen. Franken’s rubberstamping President Obama’s policies.
Sen. Franken doesn’t deserve another term in office for his votes. He deserves a pink slip for what he’s done to hurt the U.S. economy.
In a stunning, disappointing development, Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar voted against restarting the White House tours:
Democrats objected, saying it was a show vote that was not going to accomplish what Mr. Coburn said it would. They also said canceling park service heritage money would hurt their home states.
They defeated Mr. Coburn’s amendment on a 54-45 vote, with nearly every Republican voting to reopen the White House and with almost all Democrats voting to back Mr. Obama’s decision.
It’s appalling that Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar voted against opening the People’s House (that’s Michelle Obama’s term for the White House) to public tours. It’s disgusting that Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar hid behind their ‘leadership’ in saying that Sen. Coburn’s amendment was a gimmick.
If anyone in the Senate has shown themselves to having solutions to DC’s spending addiction, it’s been Sen. Coburn. He’s literally found hundreds of billions of dollars of wasteful spending in the last 6 months. He’s put together charts showing duplicative federal programs worth $364.5 billion of spending. Some of the spending is justified. Most of it isn’t.
This is just another vote that shows Sen. Klobuchar is Ms. Bipartisanship. She’s a popular political partisan hack. People didn’t think that Sen. Franken was Mr. Bipartisanship. Still, Minnesotans had the right to expect him to protect them against this arrogant administration’s mishandling of sequestration.
This video shows how partisan Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar are:
Rather than fighting for saving hundreds of millions of dollars, Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar fought to keep White House tours closed. Why would they do that if they genuinely cared about the middle class? Some of these families that aren’t being permitted to take a White House tour might be on their first trip to DC. Perhaps some of them won’t have another opportunity to tour the White House.
That’s what Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar voted against. They voted with the elitists in the White House. They voted against the working families who wanted to take a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the White House.
Based on Wednesday’s vote and their votes for the middle class tax increases in the PPACA, why shouldn’t people think that these senators don’t care about the middle class the way they say they do?
Rep. Keith Ellison has fought a ‘valiant’ fight to protect wasteful government spending:
“If we can’t find a solution before these cuts hit, we should eliminate it altogether,” said Jeremy Slevin, a spokesman for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a co-chair of the progressive caucus.
“Our preference is to have a balanced approach to get [a] one-to-one” ratio of program cuts to revenue raising, Slevin went on. “But short of that we don’t think under any circumstances that the American people should lose their jobs because of Congress.”
The Goverment Accountability Office, aka the GAO, has identified 1,362 duplicative programs in the federal budget. According to GAO, $364.5 billion are spent on these duplicative programs. I transcribed part of Sen. Coburn’s “Sequester This” speech for this Examiner article. Here’s the key paragraph from that article:
SEN. COBURN: Next one, housing assistance. We have 160 programs, separate programs. Nobody knows if they’re working. Nobody in the administration knows all the programs. I’m probably the only person in Congress that does because nobody else has looked at it. Twenty different agencies. We’re spending $170 billion. If we’re really interested in housing assistance, why would we have 20 sets of overhead, 20 sets of administration? And what would it cost to accomplish the same thing?
That’s insane. It’s impossible to justify 160 duplicate programs. It’s totally impossible to justify intentionally establishing “20 sets of overhead, 20 sets of administration.”
Despite this stunning fact, Rep. Ellison’s spokesman insists on raising taxes or repealing the sequester.
Sen. Franken isn’t exactly a profile in courage when it comes to putting a budget together or cutting spending without gimmicks. Here’s part of Sen. Franken’s letter to Sen. Patty Murray:
Meaningful deficit reduction is critical and necessary, and our budget resolution must reflect tough choices and tough cuts. Deficit reduction must be achieved in a commonsense way that doesn’t just shift costs to our seniors, or parents raising children with disabilities. That’s why deficit reduction efforts should maintain a balance between targeted spending cuts and new revenues from closing tax loopholes that benefit corporations and wealthy individuals.
Sen. Franken, like Rep. Ellison, voted to raise taxes when he voted for the PPACA. That dynamic duo voted for raising tax rates on small businesses when they voted for the Obama ‘Fiscal Cliff’ tax increases. The payroll tax holiday tax increase went into effect the same day the PPACA tax increases went into effect. Now they’re demanding another (fourth) tax increase to hit the American people in less than 3 months.
Nowhere do they mention the duplicate programs and wasteful spending from the GAO report. That’s the definition of being MIA during the sequestration fight. Unfortunately, this isn’t surprising for either ‘public servant’. Neither has voted in committee for a budget since early in President Obama’s first term.
What’s most disappointing is the fact that Twin Cities media outlets haven’t asked why Sen. Franken and Rep. Ellison have fought tirelessly to protect government bureaucrats while they waste taxpayers’ money.
By comparison, Sen. Coburn has been persistent in highlighting the ways government wastes money:
I wish we could trade in Sen. Franken and Rep. Ellison for a real public servant like Sen. Coburn.
Tags: Deficit Reduction, Tax Increases, Payroll Tax Holiday, Fiscal Cliff, PPACA, Al Franken, Keith Ellison, DFL, Tom Coburn, GAO Report, Government Bureaucrats, Duplication Nation, Public Servant, GOP