The Porkbusters database just went online. From now on, all Congressional spending will be listed in a searchable database. No more hidden earmarks once this gets up and running. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma and an obstetrician, got this through last year with the help of Senator Barak Obama. Coburn is a “gadfly”, which means he puts the public first and exposes corruption. His Senate colleagues have attempted crude retribution by trying to prevent him from practicing medicine during recesses. That they would consider his care of his longtime patients the equivalent of their $10,000 speeches to lobby groups tells you more about their ethics than his. He could not have prevailed without the Porkbusters organization, which flooded the offices of Senators trying to kill the bill with thousands of phone calls. Frankly, I had despaired of any real reform but maybe I was too pessimistic.
Now, why isn’t Coburn a candidate for President ? Obama is.