Politics | Tom Coburn's commitment to old-fashioned fiscal conservatism is a hard sell against his pork-barrel challenger-even in conservative Oklahoma
by John Dawson
Posted 10/16/04, 12:00 am
OKLAHOMA CITY -- While skipping down stairs in Oklahoma's state capitol building, 56-year-old Tom Coburn, an obstetrician by profession, explains his reasons for reentering politics by quoting nearly perfectly from an 18th-century Scottish historian: "If you read what's been attributed to Alexander Tytler, the world's republics always die the same. When the voters figure out they can vote for the people who can give them spoils from the public treasury, they go over to loose fiscal policy."