Coburn says politicians do not treat the public as adults. Coburn thinks the public is mature enough to handle the bad news. The feeling, among politicians, is that if you did tell the public the facts about entitlements etc. you could not get re-elected. So, politicians must tease the public and tell them less than the whole truth in order to get re-elected. But, that is not leadership.
Coburn was asked about the inequity in the tax system. The fact that corporations and millionaires might not be paying a fair share. Coburn seemed a little less enthusiastic with his reply, but that may be just my suspicions.