Inhofe lays long list of nation’s ills at Obama’s feet

Inhofe lays long list of nation’s ills at Obama’s feet

by: RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

BROKEN ARROW — President  Barack Obama alone is  to blame for the nation’s budget  deficit – and just about  everything else, U.S. Sen. Jim  Inhofe told the Broken Arrow  Chamber of Commerce  on Tuesday.

“We now have a president,  and I don’t mean this disrespectfully,  who is destroying  these very institutions that  made America great,” Inhofe,  R-Okla., said.

Inhofe went on to say the  Obama administration has “disarmed America,” is solely  responsible for the federal  budget deficit, mostly  responsible for the nation’s  dependence on imported oil  and suffocating business with  regulations.

He also said Obama engineered  the House Republicans’ ban on earmarks in  order to give himself more  control of the budget.

“When they came along  with this moratorium, you  have to let the president run  everything,” Inhofe said. “They conceded that authority  to the president of the  United States, so that’s why  the president was behind the  whole earmark thing.”

Inhofe said the earmark  ban allowed the administration  to block a new $10 million  control tower scheduled  for Tinker Air Force Base.

He said military spending,  as a share of gross domestic  product, has declined during  the Obama administration  and criticized unflattering  descriptions of the prison  at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,  where terror suspects are  held, saying, “You know the  biggest problem for prisoners  when they get to Gitmo?  Obesity.”

Inhofe said the idea that  prisoners have been tortured  there was invented by Obama  and others “to make you think  something bad is happening  in America — the same thing  he does and others do when  they go around talking about  how bad America is.”

Inhofe said the deficit is  Obama’s fault because “it’s  the president’s budget. Period.  That’s the end of it.”

He said the recent debtlimit  agreement is a sham  that does little or nothing to  reduce overall spending.  One solution, he continued,  would be to repeal the  health-care reform law,  which he said is an example  of “social engineering” designed  to make Americans  more dependent on the federal  government.

Inhofe also cited extended  unemployment benefits,  saying he saw no reason for  them in Oklahoma because  the state has “virtually full  employment.”

Inhofe laid out a long list  of regulatory steps he said  would cost taxpayers and  employers billions of dollars  in taxes and lost productivity,  and said the country could  be “totally independent from  the Middle East in a matter  of weeks, not years,” if the  administration allowed unfettered  oil and gas development  on public lands.

Noting that he will not be  up for re-election until 2014,  Inhofe said, “Don’t misunderstand,  (nothing) I’m saying  now is for political purposes.”

Rick Perry a ‘mensch’

Rick Perry a ‘mensch’

Rosslyn Smith

Last week we heard Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss
predict that Rick Perry would be the next
president
.
This week country rock cult musician and writer Kinky Friedman
came
out for Perry.

A self described Democrat,  Friedman came in fourth in a six man race when he ran
against Perry as an independent in the 2006 Texas gubernatorial
election,

I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to
be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply
put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not
only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums
with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. When I ran for governor of Texas
as an independent in 2006, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I
lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later
Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down
from jumping off the bridge of my nose. Very few others were calling at that
time, by the way. Such is the nature of winning and losing and politicians and
life. You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it
made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a
mensch.

These days, of course, I would support Charlie Sheen
over Obama. Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay.
Obama has been perpetually behind the curve. If the issue of the day is jobs and
the economy, Rick Perry is certainly the nuts-and-bolts kind of guy you want in
there.

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