Maybe it was inevitable someone brought a credit card and a pair of scissors to the Senate floor. On Tuesday, that someone was Sen. Tom Coburn who had to ask special permission from the chamber in order to have the dangerous tool on the floor.
Then he took the scissors and began to cut up a giant mock U.S. government credit card, saying that’s what any good parent would do if their adolescent children were ruining their finances.
“We should cut this credit card up — which is what I’m gonna do, because that’s the way I vote,” he said, beginning to snip at the top. Realizing the card was going to be too tough to make it all the way through, he grabbed the card and began ripping.
It appeared to be cathartic for the Oklahoma Republican, who is Congress’s top waste-watcher.