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Senator Jim Inhofe is an Embarassment to ALL America
When I lived in Oklahoma 20 years ago, we had a Senator named Jim Inhofe. When I returned to Oklahoma in 2008 I registered to vote, went to vote, and there on my ballot was a familiar name: Jim Inhofe. I voted for Rice. Almost daily I realize that I voted for the better candidate, and I am so embarrassed by this representative of Oklahoma . I suppose, given what most people think of Oklahoma , that Inhofe is perfect.
Ive started collecting Inhofeisms:
1) After the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995 , when asked how many workers were in the Murrah Building , Inhofe said, It depends on how many federal workers played hookey today.
(2) In a 2002 Senate speech , Inhofe said, " One of the reason I believe the spiritual door [emphasis added]
was opened for an attack against the United States of America is that the policy of our government has been to ask the Israelis, and demand it with pressure, not to retaliate in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched against them. "
(3) On July 28, 2003 , Inhofe said global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.
(4) In a June 6, 2006 Senate speech , Inhofe said , As you see here, and I think this is maybe the most important prop [family photo]
well 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.
(5) Inhofe, R- Tulsa , also criticized the president for suggesting that torture was conducted at the military prison in Guantanamo , saying, " There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo . "
(6) Inhofe said of President Obama, " I just don't know whose side he's on,'' implying that the President is possibly Un-American, and perhaps Pro-Terrorist.
(7) Even if humans were causing global warming -- and we are not -- but even if we were, Kyoto would do nothing to avert it. Jim Inhofe
(8) When Inhofe spoke about his recent trip to Isreal he said, I don't see occupied territory; I see Israel . ... because God said so.
(9) A country's adhering to the rule of law does not mean that its citizens will not do bad things. Jim Inhofe
(10) I have to say when we talk about the treatment of these prisoners that I would guess that these prisoners wake up every morning thanking Allah that Saddam Hussein is not in charge of these prisons. Jim Inhofe
(11) On his fear of children raised by homosexual parents, Inhofe said, I do not think our priorities are misplaced when we are looking at creating a whole new class of children from these gay marriages who could end up completely dependent on the State, on the taxpayers-the American people.
(12) If they're in cell block 1A or 1B, these prisoners - they're murderers, they're terrorists, they're insurgents. Many of them probably have American blood on their hands. And here we're so concerned about the treatment of those individuals. Jim Inhofe
(13) I have been called -- my kids are all aware of this -- dumb, crazy man, science abuser, Holocaust denier, villain of the month, hate-filled, warmonger, Neanderthal, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun and I can just tell you that I wear some of those titles proudly. " Inhofe
(14) I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel ; that it has a right to the land. This is the most important reason: Because God said so. As I said a minute ago, look it up in the book of Genesis. It is right up there on the desk. Jim Inhofe
But what is worse than what Inhofe says, is what Inhofe does:
Jim Inhofe voted against funding for troops in the field including armored vehicles (twice) and in 2003. Inhofe vote against requiring that federal employees who take leave without pay to serve in the National Guard be reimbursed for the difference between their salary and the pay and allowances they receive while on duty. Inhofe also voted several times against body armor for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan .
In July, 2007, Inhofe voted against the Hagel amendment to H.R. 1585, an amendment that would have limited the length of deployment of members of the Armed Forces in Iraq . The Hagel amendment sought to implement fair deployment practices so that when soldiers had serve 15 months in Iraq , they could count on spending the next 15 months at home. How could this loyal American vote against the troops fighting a war he supports? Yes, it is terrible, but, when it comes to Jim Inhofe, it only gets worse. Inhofe has also consistently voted against health care for the troops and their families, against pay protection for reservists, and against an increase in the death gratuity payments for the families of military personnel killed in battle.
The saddest thing, to me, is that most of Oklahoma is satisfied with Senator Inhofe, and is amazed that all states are not sending similarly minded men to Washington . [Yes I said men and not men and women or simply people , because in Oklahoma most folk think a womans place is in the home and she should go there directly after work. ]
Article submitted Saturday, June 06, 2009 & read 551 times.
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