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Thanks Oklahoma! Senator Elect Wants to Erase National Debt With the Power of the Lord

On election night, GOP candidate James Lankford cruised to an easy victory over the Democratic challenger Matt Silverstein, garnering 68 percent of the vote to snag a Senate seat.

Now, the Baptist preaching turned Congressman said he plans to look to the teachings of a Biblical prophet, as found in the Old Testament, to solve America’s budget woes.

“Budget, for me, is still a huge area. The people have started to step back and say, ‘Well, our deficit is only $480 billion now so we are doing much better in deficit.’ We still have $480 billion. That’s a big deal,” he told far-righter Tony Perkins and his Family Resource Council flock.

“I come from a biblical worldview in the way I address issues,” Lankford continued. “I look at Nehemiah and how he handled things when he stepped into Jerusalem. It was that the people were in disgrace and the wall was broken down, but the two things that he focused in on was the constructive side of things and the debt. Half of the Book of Nehemiah is just getting the people out of debt, so they could actually take on the other things.”

The preacher also made it clear he thought that those ‘wall breakers’ were the Democrats and the Obama administration and he and the Christian right are the prophets planning on leading the wayward flock.

Yet in truth, it is the Republicans that caused the budget mess, at least if you consider facts, not just GOP propaganda.

“Nearly every single thing driving the current increase in public debt — tax cuts, wars, the recession, and measures to fight the recession — was a result of Bush-era policies that were enthusiastically supported by nearly every single Republican,” Kevin Drum explained in Mother Jones. “They only got religion after a Democrat won the White House and had to clean up the mess they left behind.”

To prove his point, Drum even provided a handy chart showing how GOP policies are to blame.


Of course, Lankford did not talk about the Bush-era’s role in debt when preaching to the FRC.  Instead, he said he plans to “pray through” his Congressional decision-making and use the Bible as his guide while in office.

Photo Credit: Mother Jones (chart), Congressional Photo (Lankford)

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  • michael

    Inhofe and now Lankford, how could Oklahoma end up with 2 whack jobs? Maybe the whack jobs that voted for them, huh?

    • Isidis St Claire

      Consider the source, Michael: this is the State where a “god fearing bible beating” young man claimed he was possessed by demons and urinated on the ten commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State House before crushing it to bits beneath his truck. The very same week, another “good Christian” believed god had told him to kill a local boy because he practiced witchcraft. In short, this state is the main destination for the Crazy Train. Nothing about Oklahoma surprises me anymore.

  • Suzy

    He is totally insane and I know there are a lot of redneck hillbillies in Oklahoma but I didn’t even believe they would fall for this nut.

  • Jodi

    If what they say is true, I wonder why God ‘allowed’ Pres. Obama to be elected? And for two terms! Weren’t they praying… and if they were, why didn’t he answer their prayers?

    • kenmiller

      He DID answer their prayers, just not with the answer they wanted.

  • Isidis St Claire

    I was just perusing Nehemiah: nothing I can find about debt but LOTS about the population raising funds to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and support the population after the Babylonian captivity. Hmmm…sound like that heathen socialism to me! But there are other great ways to pay down debt according to the Old Testament: one is to sell your kids into slavery and use the funds to pay creditors. But another one is even better: according to Deuteronomy 15:1 “At the end of every seven years, you shall cancel debts”. Not my words….”the Good Lord’s”. I’m sure our tea party friends don’t agree with their god on that one. And the book goes on to say: “Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.” Hmm….more tea party hypocrisy!

    • kenmiller

      Very good points. It is a good thing that the Tea Party does if they cause others to search scripture. 🙂

  • Tim

    I think Langford (sweet cheeks Mary)! would have more luck with HER “Mary fairy dust sprinkles” than prayer!!! LMFAO

  • dan33035

    On the one hand, reducing the defecit is a good thing. On the other hand, his bible thumper methods are doomed to fail. I think that it will all come out in the wash, and people will realize what an idiot he is.