I really wanted to hear what he had to say since he's running for Senator Coburn's seat in June, so I grabbed my kitchen to-do-list pad with the cute little snowmen border, a pencil and my camera. I wish I'd had time to grab my tape-recorder, especailly after hearing everything he said in a little over an hour. He was wide open to questions and he didn't hesitate a beat when answering them. You really ought to come out to these forums when politicians open the floor to we folks. We need answers.
Lankford discussed the Keystone Pipeline and said three studies have shown that there is nothing to prohibit the passing of the Keystone other than Obama's allegiance to environmentalists. Lankford explained his position on the Budget vote in December and the dire need to get rid of the Sequestration against our defense department. He explained part of the reason we have gridlock in Washington, and assertively explained that gridlock is exactly what this administration wants so nothing can be done because Obama didn't want to see issues resolved in any fashion if they weren't in total compliance with his own agenda. Basically, Obama is immovable. Lankford shared how his one-on-one face-to-face discussions with President Obama regarding the nation's debt came to naught because Obama said he did not want a balanced budget. Nope. Seems Obama thinks "as long as we're able to pay the interest on our debts that America is just fine" (and dandy, I suppose). Can you imagine that?
"In ten years," Lankford continued, "our interest will be "880 Billion dollars a year". That's just interest, folks. Nothing on the principle of our debt. And Obama is satisfied with that. Lankford asked us to consider "what we could do with nearly a trillion dollars" in our country. I can think of a lot of things it would help in America, can't you?
It's no wonder Obama thinks nothing of spending millions for vacations on the taxpayer's dime. No wonder he's in no hurry to sign the Keystone Pipeline measure so we can get more jobs. He is satisfied with the status quo as long as the GOP goes nowhere with their ideas to provide better education, create jobs, and help keep Americans off welfare. Lankford said, welfare was designed "to be a safety net-- like under a trapeze where you catch them should they fall, and then they bounce off so then another can land on it and bounce off should they fall. It's not a fish net where you get caught and stay there."
As long as Obama can tax Americans in hidden taxes with Obamacare and borrow more from China, he's okay with our debt. Obama had no desire to work with him on issues, even on portions of the issue where they "agree". If Obama can't have everything, there is no forward motion on any part of an issue. Yet, to hear Obama tell it, it's all the GOP's fault that D.C. is in gridlock.
Obama brags that he has a pen and a phone. Friends, he's always had a pen and a phone. And the first few years of his term he had control of the Senate and the House; why didn't he get things done then? He was too busy ramming his unaffordable healthcare down our throats and raising money to ensure a second election. Speaking of elections:
Lankford is running for the Senate seat because he "wants to help fix the problems" that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has locked up in his obstinate desk drawer for the past five years. Lankford said this move will be "a total life interruption" to his family life. But he "prayed about it" and realizes in Washington "there are too few people doing the work to solve problems and form coalitions." He said his family, a wife of 21 years and two daughters, mean "the world to me and if I am going to be away from my family, I wanna come home and say I'm doing something".
Lankford "did something" when Congressman Paul Ryan agreed to reduce military pensions in order to pass the first budget agreement in years and get rid of sequestration. The next day he wrote and submitted the bill to reinstate the COLA pay to our military personnel and wounded vets. I spoke with Lankford after the forum and he said, he was "shocked that they did that to the military, instead of reducing the pensions of Congress". America was shocked, too. Maybe Lankford can work on getting that passed in the next budget? Then he'd really be getting something done, huh? "There's hope. With Jesus, there's always hope." Lankford said.