New Wingnut Senator Will Cut Debt Using the Bible

Tom Coburn, the very conservative senator from Oklahoma, is stepping down and on Tuesday he was replaced by the even worse James Lankford, who is a serious fundie. The day after the election he went on the Family Research Council’s radio show and said that he would reduce the national debt through the Bible and prayer.

“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 Republican congressman and Baptist minister 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.”

“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.”

We can’t handle national defense right now? We still spend nearly half of all the money spent on the military on the entire fucking planet. How much more does he want to spend?

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  • John Pieret

    We still spend nearly half of all the money spent on the military on the entire fucking planet.

    But there are still brown people!

  • raven

    Meaningless gibberish.

    Just how is waving a magic book around and praying going to reduce that $480 billion deficit? I’d be ecstatic if that is all this guy did. But I’m sure he has more concrete ideas involving cutting social safety net programs. And nothing to do with raising taxes.

    There is a general feeling that the national debt and deficit are too high. But no one knows for sure. Thanks to the fraud and incompetence of Rogoff and Reinhart, we don’t know how high is too high.

    IMO, probably we are but it isn’t a huge problem. Keynes wanted countercyclical spending to even out the business cycle. We were supposed to use surpluses to fund deficit spending during recessions. This time we couldn’t really do that. The debt and deficit were so high everyone was afraid to find out, “how high is too high.” So we are stuck in economic low gear for years and years.

  • D. C. Sessions

    raven, he’s going to remind people that the so-called “safety net” is the business of the Church, so if the good people of Sinkhole Mississippi want to take care of the poor among them, they should put more in the collection plate on Sunday. And if they pray enough, the story of the loaves and fishes will transform their median household income of $19320 into plentitude so quit bitching and get down on your knees!

  • raven

    raven, he’s going to remind people that the so-called “safety net” is the business of the Church,

    Which means the poor are doomed.

    The churches themselves are in serious financial trouble. Their loot intake has been going down for years. In fact, they are getting $2 billion from the federal government to make up for it in the highly questionable faith based initiatives program.

    They simply don’t have the money, resources, or skills to do much.

  • John Pieret

    raven:

    They simply don’t have the money, resources, or skills to do much.

    Did they ever?

    During the “Dark Ages” (yeah, I know that’s a disfavored term) the church was about the only game in town and, relatively speaking compared to the rest of “society” did good. How long has it been since then?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “I look at Nehemiah and how he handled things when he stepped into Jerusalem. … Half of the Book of Nehemiah is just getting the people out of debt, so they could actually take on the other things.”

    Uh, Nehemiah got the people out of debt by cancelling all their debts and mortgages in order it to the rich assholes who were oppressing them. Is this what the good Senator has in mind?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    That should be “stick it to the rich assholes”.

  • comfychair

    If the churches don’t have the means to care for the needy, then surely whatever fate befalls them is God’s will, right?

  • illdoittomorrow

    Raven at 2:

    If they can’t pray it away like Teh Ghey, then just double down, you obviously weren’t praying hard enough.

    Also, perpetual austerity for perpetual prosperity.

  • matty1

    “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”

    Sounds like an argument for cutting defense spending to me.

  • Katie Anderson

    Nehemiah’s solution was to cancel all mortgages and make the lenders give back the interest they charged. Not very Republican.

    I think his inspiration from Nehemiah wasn’t the part about debt, but the other half of the book where he builds a wall and bans marrying foreigners because he’s sick of people speaking the wrong language in his country.

  • Joseph Yaroch

    Most of the new money is circulation is created by loaning the money into existence. If there is less lending, there is less money in circulation. This increases the risk of deflation. The problem is not so much the amount of lending, but the interest rates that are charged.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    With Coburn leaving, handicappers had wondered whether Oklahoma might have to cede the Craziest Senatorial Delegation cup to rising challenger Kentucky – but rookie Lankford already shows great promise in keeping the championship at home!

  • matty1

    @12 A brief check says the Federal Reserve base rate is 0.25, which is one of the lowest levels ever. What kind of margin are the banks putting on that if interest is still making debt unaffordable?

  • dhall

    The Church has had roughly 2000 years to alleviate poverty and suffering in Europe and then elsewhere. Through much of its history, it has been obscenely wealthy, with high ranking Catholics living like princes and more modern-day Protestant leaders doing the same. Alleviate general poverty? Not so much. Then again, that was never the goal anyway. Telling the believers to suffer through this life and hand over their tithes in exchange for paradise in the afterlife was.

  • busterggi

    Want to eliminate debt biblically – declare a Jubilee Year and cancel all debt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    To be fair, prayer has the same chance to reduce the deficit as the Ryan budget plan does.

  • pixiedust

    Holy shit. I haven’t heard anyone even mention Nehemiah in, I dunno, 20 years. He dug deep for that.

    @ 6 and 11

    Thanks for saving me the trouble of reading Nehemiah.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    pixiedust @ # 18: I haven’t heard anyone even mention Nehemiah in, I dunno, 20 years.

    A couple of years ago, many of us bemoaned the prospects of various candidates to fulfill Robert Heinlein’s warnings against Nehemiah Scudder, elected President in 2012 and canceling 2016-and-thereafter elections in the name of Jesus.

    So far it hasn’t worked out quite that way, but then neither has Orwell’s 1984. Certain potential candidates don’t seem to have given up such aspirations…

    Thanks for saving me the trouble of reading Nehemiah.

    But you’re missing out on the other half, concerning his (& Ezra’s) “ethnic cleansing” of Judea, driving out all not of the Chosen People® and breaking up all “impure” cross-marriages from the generations of the Babylonian Exile. Heinlein didn’t pick Pres. Scudder’s namesake lightly.

  • lorn

    The defense budget is rife with waste, fraud, and abuse. I suspect that we could get twice the military power for half the current budget.

  • comfychair

    lorn @ #20:

    Do you realize what that would do to the ecomony? Why do you hate America? :(

  • whheydt

    Re: lorn @ #20….

    Back when my father was a civilian employee of the Navy (1960s….having been enlisted in the Navy from 1927 to 1933), he used to remark from time to time that his one hope for the US was that the Russians had a worse Naval Supply system than we did. Subsequent knowledge and history suggests that he was correct in that assessment.

  • dingojack

    So this Tom Coburn wants to castrate himself and become a functionary of the court of an invading power does he?

    How ‘unamerican’ of him…

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    Dingo

  • dingojack

    Oh Tom don’t forget Nehemiah 10:32:

    “Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;”

    I’m sure that’ll pass Constitutional muster, once you get rid of that pesky First Amendment.

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    Dingo

  • reddiaperbaby1942

    What with this item and the preceding one (Gohmert and the Speakership), I don’t see that we have much wiggle-room for making fun of the next item, about ghost-hunting police in SA. Is there really a qualtiative difference in the crazy, or just a slight quantitative increment? And when you add in Peroutka and all the other crazies whom Americans just elected to public office — well, I think we’d do well to dial back on the irony in our comments about other countries.

    I realize that the tone on this blog is supposed to be lightly ironical, but I for one am so angry about what’s happening in my country that I’m incapable of being clever or witty.

  • raven

    but I for one am so angry about what’s happening in my country that I’m incapable of being clever or witty.

    1. Well, at least you still care.

    The fault isn’t this Michele Bachmann wannabe from Oklahoma who is clearly an malevolent idiot. It’s the voters who elected him!!! The possibility exists that 319 million lemmings decided to run over a cliff. Nothing you can do about that.

    2. As I guessed, exit polling indicates the economy was a big issue with voters. While the US economy is growing, the middle class is shrinking. So they elect more of the people who are downsizing the…middle class.

    If the voters are that clueless, it could take generations to turn around, if ever. As a Boomer, I don’t have that much time to wait for it.

  • John Pieret

    reddiaperbaby1942:

    I for one am so angry about what’s happening in my country that I’m incapable of being clever or witty.

    I understand. I’m angry enough to spit on each and every person who did not vote last Tuesday and most who did. But it won’t change anything. Keeping our sense of humor will help keep us sane and humor is still a great weapon that we need to hone because, when sharp, it can change history.

  • sugarfrosted

    @25 I used to listen to Michael Savage too. I got better though. I find the tone and content of Savage’s show ironic because he is a Jew.

  • DaveL

    two things that he focused in on was the constructive side of things and the debt….We can’t handle national defense right now,

    Maybe he means we can’t afford our current level of defense spending, and we need to concentrate more on investing in domestic infrastructure projects that add value in the long term?

    Yeah, I know, but a guy can hope.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Better headline: Uppity Sen from OK gives Inhofe a run for his money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    In the early to mid- 1930’s there were people who saw what was going on in Germany, and had the wherewithal to move to a country that wasn’t going insane before their very eyes. What should we be looking for as a similar warning?

    I love my country, I love where I live in my country, and I get along fine with most of my neighbors. But I can’t help wondering what those people in the 30’s saw, and when did they see it, that caused them to move on.

    Of course, just like then, there’s the problem of which country would actually take me…