Senator Tom Coburn for releasing a report entitled "Subsidies of the Rich and Famous," detailing the many billions in government aid that goes to the most well-off among us. While some Republicans seem to prefer to talk about how poor and lower middle class people need to pay more taxes, while refusing even to consider closing loopholes and eliminating subsidies that benefit the rich, Coburn does not shy away from pointing out how much the government subsidizes those who seem to need subsidies the least.
We are never going to do anything about reducing deficits and making our tax system more fair until we start acknowledging that all of us benefit from government social programs and tax breaks, and that the rich might benefit from them most of all. A few Republican politicians like Coburn are also smart enough to understand that their party is going to suffer if it continues to be perceived as the party of the rich and against the poor. If we're going to talk about cutting spending and reducing deficits, we have to put some of the subsidies for the rich and famous on the table, or we are not going to make any progress.