Oklahoma sure knows how to pick ’em! Senator-elect James Lankford says that he plans to take on the United States’ national debt with the awesome power of the Holy Bible!
“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,” the Baptist minister-turned-Congressman told Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on Wednesday.
“I come from a biblical worldview in the way I address issues,” Lankford said. “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.”
Of course, Republicans are fine with the people being in debt, having blocked Senator Elizabeth Warren’s attempt to help ease the struggle of America’s young adults through a bill that would address student loan debt.
“Millions of young people are just stuck,” Warren said. “They can’t buy homes, they can’t buy cars … all because they are struggling under the weight of student loan debt.”
As Warren would not allow the GOP to repeatedly inject their agenda into a bill designed to benefit those who pursue higher education, and the proposed bill raised taxes on millionaires, it crashed and burned before it was even truly considered.
“We can’t handle national defense right now, we can’t handle a lot of things that we need to and that need to be driven by the states because we have so much debt… We have proved that our nation really is slave to the lender.”
Lankford’s solution is simple: we should all get together and scream our wishes into the sky, hoping that a divine higher power magic away our problems. “We are all pretty frustrated with what is happening in government, let’s lean in, let’s pray through, and let’s do this.”
It’s much simpler than actually governing, after all.