MOORE — Speaking at the Moore Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon on April 22, Congressman Tom Cole jokingly said that it was going to be a good day since he was only two miles from his home.
The Moore resident wasted no time during the luncheon to delve into what the coming year looks like for Congress.
“This congress is actually spending $165 billion less than George Bush was spending in 2008. They’ve cut spending four years in a row. That sounds pretty good, that sounds like real progress, and it is. But the real driver of the day is guess what, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps for people who need it, farm programs,” Cole said.
Cole told the crowd that he expects with an election year, that there will be no government shutdown.
“Congress is on its best behavior because of the November election but all these problems are still there,” Cole said. “Early next year, we are going to be confronted with major decisions that the country has to make.”
Speaking at The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater, only about a mile away from the May 20 tornado, Cole made comments about the aid that came to Moore from President Obama. Admitting that he disagreed with him at times, Cole praised President Obama for helping the city out when it was in need.
“He was here for us in a huge way. He fulfilled his commitments as a president to be here,” Cole said. “He came to a place where he hadn’t carried a single county in two presidential elections. “He’s a good man. He’s a man that is wrong 90 percent of the time.”
Having grown up in Moore, Cole compared the rebound of the city after two major tornados to Congress.
“You tell me what problems we have in Washington as nearly as bad as what people were facing right here less than a year ago? There is nothing in Washington that can’t be solved. It just takes the will to solve and the decency to recognize the person on the other side of the room might disagree with you on an issue, but they might be a good human being, too. It might be a person that loves their family and cares about their community and wants to do the right thing for this country,” Cole said. “If we ever get back to running politics that worked that way, I’m not naive about politics I’ve done it most of my life, but I’ve seen it work that way. Particularly crises here, 9-11, Oklahoma City Bombing. Usually that crisis brings out the best. We are on the verge of a fiscal crisis in this country, we’ve made some progress but we just need to sit down and work through it.”