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Burr, Coburn, Hatch:  Analysis Shows There is a Better Way Than Obamacare

Burr, Coburn, Hatch: Analysis Shows There is a Better Way Than Obamacare

Analysis by The Center for Health Economy Finds Senators’ Patient CARE Act Will Lower Costs, Provide More Coverage, Improve Health Care System, Reduce Debt WASHINGTON – Today, The Center for Health Economy released an economic analysis that found that the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act – a legislative plan put forward this […]

160 Million from Thin Air

I have seen some rather shocking decision-making process abuses in my time as a legislator and my observations have easily confirmed the famous Calvin Coolidge quote, “Nothing is easier than spending the public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody.” The observations notwithstanding, one of the most eye opening, was a recent discovery […]

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222% INCREASE IN 10 YEARS

A few weeks ago I asked the Oklahoma Department of Transportation if they had a record of all of the Logan County Projects associated with ODOT for the last 20 years. ODOT sent me a list and if you go to www.marksharpton.com or www.logancountyok.com you can read it. Two of the projects are in the […]

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A Solution to the Property Tax Increase Problem

A month ago I wrote about this area’s rapid growth and described local tax collections continue to grow as formerly empty fields fill up with new homes and taxpayers. In that article (hd31.org/508) I encouraged local officials to set aside new growth revenues to meet the road infrastructure needs resulting from the increase in traffic […]

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More Drug-Grapefruit Interactions

You may see a warning on your prescription bottle that says not to take your medication with grapefruit.  In fact, more than 85 interactions between various drugs and grapefruit have been identified, and about half have the potential to cause serious problems. It only takes one grapefruit or one cup of juice to cause a […]

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Magnesium Improves Effectiveness of Vitamin D

Deficiencies of both magnesium and vitamin D are very common, and according to Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and Medical Director of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association, the effectiveness and benefits of vitamin D are greatly reduced when a person has low levels of magnesium. Magnesium acts with and is essential to the […]

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Visualizing TWO BILLION DOLLARS of State Debt

You may have seen recent news reports detailing how Britain’s national debt now equals 90% of its entire economy. The Daily Mail published a graph showing the acceleration of the UK’s debt since 1992. I noted that although on a larger scale, the UK debt accelerated at a significantly slower rate than Oklahoma’s state debt […]

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Senator Coburn to Speak on Senate Floor

*Dr. Coburn is scheduled to speak on the Senate floor regarding his series of sequestration letters to the administration, duplication, and waste at 2:45 p.m. EST today* Dr. Coburn sent the following letter to OMB highlighting more than 1,362 duplicative programs accounting for at least $364.5 billion in federal spending every year as identified by […]

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Never Believe That Government Does Not Have Enough of Your Money

It is a very old story that I have heard repeated many times. It seems that legislators cannot hold a budget hearing or meet with representatives of state and local government agencies without being subjected to a long and nuanced description of the agency’s great financial needs. Government agencies don’t have to compete for business […]

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An Assault On Your Property Rights

Last week, I wrote of the House of Representatives’ creation of new committees designed to expand legislative purview at the state level. Specifically, I pointed to the attempt to gain a grasp on the state’s overwhelming dependence on federal dollars. Massive amounts of federal spending are channeled through state government. It appears as if about […]

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