Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

February 20, 2014

Senator makes PV visit this week

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — One United States senator wasn’t shy about giving his views on a variety of issues when he made Pauls Valley one of his stops this week.

It was a brief visit for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe who spent some time Tuesday with a group gathered at the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce office.

One of Oklahoma’s two senators serving in the United States Senate, Inhofe spoke about the differences “philosophically” between the Republicans on the conservative side of the political aisle and those with more liberal ideas.

Inhofe was specifically pointing to the differences he has with President Barack Obama, namely in the areas of energy and the military.

“He’s had a war on fossil fuels longer than he’s been president,” Inhofe said.

“My job is to be a one-man truth squad. There is enough oil and gas to run this country on its own, independently,” he said, referring to a scenario where drilling was allowed on government owned properties.

The senator also called the alternative fuel ethanol a failure from the beginning.

“It’s not a partisan issue — it’s north versus south,” he said about ethanol. “It just hasn’t been good since it started.”

Inhofe also took aim at President Obama on his approach to the military with both financial and strategic cuts.

“The president in his first four years has virtually disarmed the American military,” Inhofe said.

“I don’t say this because I dislike Obama. I don’t dislike Obama. I just don’t have anything in common with him.”

Inhofe cited the comments of some high ranking officials who have publicly stated their belief that America’s military has been weakened significantly over the past few years.

“It’s a real crisis,” he said. “South Africa has a better ground force than us right now.”

He said things like an $800 billion bail out of banks, billions more in global warming initiatives and a continued trend to keep spending up has added to the problems of the current administration.

According to Inhofe, the biggest problem facing American farmers is the over-regulation of the industry by the Environmental Protection Agency, along with the new Farm Bill recently passed into law.

“It’s the first farm bill I’ve ever voted against,” he said. “Eighty percent of the bill is welfare, food stamps.”

Then there’s the still controversial 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulting in a number of deaths, including an American ambassador.

It’s this incident that shows there is still a terrorist threat in the Middle East, Inhofe said.

The senator also believes a handful of the top appointed officials knew there was danger coming before the incident even occurred.

“They knew about it two days before it happened,” Inhofe said. “They knew about this, and they took the risk.

“This is the greatest cover-up in American history,” he said.

“I have had news media tell me that’s ridiculous; what about Watergate they’ll tell me. I’ve asked them how many people died in Watergate.”