Jim Inhofe's approach to governing: deny any major problem that comes before him.
Yesterday, when Jim Inhofe declared on local talk radio that he believed the economic mess he helped create is "not really a problem," it wasn't the first time he responded to a major concern or crisis by denying the problem exists.
Inhofe's other denials include:
July 28, 2003, on climate change: "[M]an-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people".
May 11, 2004, on prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib: "I'm probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment."
August 21, 2006, on questions that there may be problems in Iraq: "U.S. involvement in Iraq has been incredibly successful and developments there have been 'nothing short of a miracle,' Sen. James Inhofe said Monday."
September 25, 2006 (two years ago today): "I am reminded of a question the media often asks me about how much I have received in campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry. My unapologetic answer is 'Not Enough'". (Click here to see Andrew Rice's latest ad about how much Inhofe has taken in contributions from Big Oil.)
September 23, 2008, on the war in Afghanistan: "But I think the fact is that success is looming."
Inhofe's silence on other issues – such as health care and education – speaks volumes about how little he thinks about those problems.
Inhofe’s blinders shut out the rest of the world. Here's what he's been working on:
May 19, 2006: "We will exercise all of our effort to make sure that we get 'English as the national language' through conference successfully."
June 6, 2006: "As you see here, and I think this is maybe the most important prop we'll have during the entire debate, my wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I'm really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship."
On November 4th, what's it going to be for Oklahoma? Jim Inhofe, a man who, after 22 years in Washington, still doesn't acknowledge any problems with the economy, health care, or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Andrew Rice, a true leader who listens to the concerns of the people of his state and is committed to putting people before politics?
Help send Andrew Rice to the U.S. Senate – and hand Jim Inhofe a big dose of reality.
- Karina Henderson, Rice for US Senate
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