By Steve Outing
I had an odd (and I thought disturbing) phone call this week from the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma). One of his staff members called to invite me to be on some small business/entrepreneurial task force. Apparently the congressman is trying to put together a group of small-business owners from around the country to “advise” Congress on the needs of entrepreneurs.
After the assistant told me what this was about, he let me listen to a 60-second recorded pitch from Cole — in which the congressman basically ranted about how “liberal Democrats” are out to tax small businesses to death and must be stopped! He sounded more like Bill O’Reilly than a rational and thoughtful representative of the people of Oklahoma.
I told the assistant I thought Cole’s views were disturbing, and antithetical to my own, and declined the invitation. Cole didn’t sound like he had any interest in taking a reasonable view of small business’ needs; he’s obviously got a (right wing) axe to grind.
How sad that our elected representatives are so one-sided and dogmatic. The last thing we need in the U.S. is politicians who sound and act like O’Reilly.