Politico — Tom Coburn tells GOP to hold the pork

But at a closed-door meeting of GOP senators this month, a tirade by the Oklahoman about the hypocrisy of using deficits to decry Democratic health care plans while voting for pumped-up appropriations bills was seconded by several senators.

If there was dissent in the room, no one voiced it.

“I don’t know that there’s another side,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who argues that Republican rhetoric on deficits is right but the reality isn’t there yet. “We’ve got to start living up to that with the way we vote. … We’re going to have to start hanging together.”

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