Usually Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is a classy guy. He's long been one of President Obama's good Republican friends, he's open to raising more tax revenue, and he actually called Nancy Pelosi a "nice lady" once. So it's strange to see him now making jokes about shooting all of his colleagues, claiming that Medicare makes things worse for old people, and making gross generalizations about black people, all in one lovely summer day of townhallery.
Let's go through Tom's Triple Double, or the Tulsa Trifecta, or the "Or-Tom-eo," or whatever people call series of three on the Internet these days.
Tom Coburn explains how senior citizens prospered in the pre-Medicare days of widespread old age poverty and constant death:
"You can't tell me the system is better now than it was before Medicare," he said.
Coburn agreed that some people received poor care - or no care - before Medicare was enacted in the 1960s, but said communities worked together to make sure most people received needed medical attention.
He also conceded that doctors and hospitals often went unpaid for their efforts, or accepted baked goods or chickens in partial payment.
Speaking of death, he wants to shoot up the Senate:
He described his colleagues as "a class of career elitists" and "cowards," and at one point, talking about his frustrations, said, "It's just a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor."
And did you know that President Obama is black?
Obama's "intent is not to destroy, his intent is to create dependency because it worked so well for him," he said.
"As an African-American male," Coburn said, Obama received "tremendous advantage from a lot of these programs."
So now Tom Coburn is in deep twouble with everyone: old people, black people, Senate people, and the Liberal Media. (He was spot-on about the Senate part though, right? What a dungeon of hell monsters that place is. It would be more efficient to burn the whole con sarn thing down, though, rather than having to shoot people one-by-one. But these are minor details.)
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