Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 20, 2012
The George Jarkesy Show welcomed U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma to the show to talk about the steps America should take to get the economy back on track. Coburn, who is also a Physician (who has delivered over 4,000 babies) and has pledged to serve to no more than two terms as a U.S. Senator, also discussed the importance of being a citizen-legislator as opposed to being a career politician.
Jarkesy asked Dr. Coburn about his newest book “The Debt Bomb” and the problem of “careerism” in elected officials. The Senator described “careerism” as the trend of “career politicians…[having] the default position to protect [their] political career” rather than do what benefits the country. Dr. Coburn added that in order to “fix” the country, outsiders must be elected into office instead of “career politicians.”
Dr. Coburn also laid out a 4 point plan to get the country back on track. The first of these is to “reform the tax code.” The Senator explained that the “government will actually get additional revenue” by doing this. His second point was to “save Social Security and save Medicare” however he explains that this will take sacrifice from some citizens. Thirdly, he pointed out that America needs to “take advantage of our natural resources.” He stated that America could reduce dependency on foreign oil to 20% in the next 5 years as well as “creating 1 million jobs.” Jarkesy interjected his observation that America needs to take advantage of its coal supply because we’re “exporting a very minute percentage of what we produce.” Dr. Coburn’s final point is for America was to “revive the American entrepreneurial spirit.”
George Jarkesy agreed with Dr. Coburn stating that we as Americans can “grow our way out of this mess if we have strong leadership in Washington.” Dr. Coburn stated that the only thing holding back the American economy from thriving is that as a country “we lack the leadership to call us to do [hard things.] “
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