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.”

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