The latest news that the right-wing extremists in charge at the state Capitol have found what appears to be an extra $100 million or so in state revenues after major budget cuts shows not only have they broken Oklahoma with reckless fiscal policies but they also are entirely incompetent in basic financial management.
State finds $100M surplus as fiscal year winds down https://t.co/zeSAlR3okX
— Rick Green (@RickRmgreen) June 18, 2016
Can the extremists here count numbers using their fingers? Can they do basic math with a pencil and eraser, you know, by using the eraser in case they make a mistake? Have they ever used an Excel sheet? Do they know how to operate a basic calculator? Maybe that’s hyperbole, but this year, frankly, it doesn’t seem out of some realm of possibility that the conservatives’ lack of basic intellectualism and their narrow-minded, ugly inhumane ideology have merged into a new dimension of ignorance.
Three state officials created the immediate ongoing fiscal debacle. I’ll rank them in my personal order of mediocrity. First and foremost is Gov. Mary Fallin, who supports ideologue Preston Doerflinger as her main financial officer. Second is Doerflinger himself, of course, a seemingly proud archconservative who I believe because of his actions could care less about education and health services for people—public and private—in the state. The Doerflinger philosophy, in my estimation: Let them remain stupid! Let the sick suffer and die! We have a failed ideology to prove! Third is Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller, a handsome, smooth business professor/operator who apparently can’t count either and who seems only concerned with furthering his political career with good looks and free public announcement commercials. Take a class with him, students, and learn how to appear in a great commercial with great-looking kids that he’ll never really help. Wink. Wink. See, the point is NOT to help kids if you’re a great conservative leader like Miller.
To put it bluntly, in the moral calculus of today’s capitalism, a bigger bonus tomorrow outweighs the fate of one’s grandchildren.
— Noam Chomsky Quotes (@chomsky_quotes) June 15, 2016
Then, of course there are the conservative legislators over the last decade or so, who, no sarcasm intended, really want to destroy the Oklahoma government on a financial level as a badge of honor they will wear proudly their entire lives. They want to be able to tell their grandchildren about how they ended a viable public educational system here and, most of all, ended “welfare,” but I bet the grandkids will be long gone from this cesspool of stupidity and intolerance the granddaddies created in glee long before that happens. Get out while you can, young people. No sarcasm intended on this one. Get. Out. Of. Oklahoma.
I would feel guilt as a professor if I didn’t sound the warning bell and bang the pots and pans on this one. If you’re stuck here, like me as someone older or for family reasons or for whatever reason, and there are many, then fight like hell to change things. But if you can get out, do so NOW! Start your plans today if you’re reading this. TODAY. Do not hesitate.
Let’s don’t forget the “low-information” voters (is that what we still call them so we don’t have to actually say “stupid” or “uneducated” or “misguided” or “lazy”?) manipulated by what seems like an infinite number of southern Baptist ministers here, who don’t give a damn about educating children in a practical sense or even helping poor people, just like THEIR (not mine) great lord and savior Jesus Christ in which they actually profess they believe as the son of a god, right? Jesus didn’t REALLY want to help the poor, according to that piece of fiction titled the Bible, right? No, wait, the fiction says he did, according to at least some literary interpretations. These voters are the foundation of the immoral spectacle and emergency crisis called Oklahoma these days, but they had a lot of help getting there, forced by narrow-minded social pressure and massive guilt applied by their immoral, puritanical religious leaders.
The extra cash appeared suddenly by what we might call “F”-level math, or so it goes. Read about it if you must. Who cares? It makes no difference. Our state government is completely dysfunctional at this point. The money could just disappear as quickly as well. Who knows what goes on with this group of conservative leaders? Maybe $500 million more will suddenly appear. Appropriations were cut to state agencies by too much money apparently, it has been reported, and now there’s some extra money supposedly. Is it true? Well, it was reported by The Oklahoman so we absolutely know it can be one big terrible lie. It could all change today or tomorrow and then change back again.
One could argue, I guess, the great government financial minds of the great state of Oklahoma were deploying political shenanigans at least at some level when it came to the math, or no, no, no, that gives them too much credit. Tax cuts for the rich and oil companies destroyed the state’s finances, and they know it, and now we’re at peak oil demand unless together Trump and the British Brexit rednecks drag us into a world war, which is possible. But even then how long can fossil fuels fully drive the Oklahoma economy? Another 20 years maybe?
One of the main apologists, David Blatt, the director of the so-called “liberal” Oklahoma Policy Institute, designated so by its handlers, The Oklahoman editorial board and other conservative interests, will have something that is really nothing to say about it for sure as he toes the corporate line and destroys public education here as the greatest legacy in his brilliant think-tank career. The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World will report his nothingness. Then Blatt will report the nothingness on the OKPolicy site about how these two ultra-conservative publications reported about his nothingness. Then Blatt will also report his nothingness about his boring commentaries in the The Journal Record, and the nothingness will bore us to death until nothingness leads us down the road to more nothingness. “It’s all a darkness.” So I have once read in a novel.
Then there’s the other great “liberal” in Oklahoma, the outstanding, the progressive, the wonderful, that good ol’ boy Arnold Hamilton, editor of The Oklahoma Observer, a loyal worker for the right-wing OKPolicy Party, which, really, is the party of nothingness. Hamilton will publish nothingness in The Observer about Blatt’s nothingness about four weeks after it happens. So the paralysis continues.
Rest assured, little to none of the “extra” money will go to our universities and colleges, the only institutions that can get us out of the mess created by conservatives here.
The conservative politicians broke Oklahoma because they hate progress and change, and they want to keep people here as stupid as they can so they will want to buy guns and hate gay people and immigrants out of false fear so these conservative politicians can get elected to support the interests of rich people. It’s a strategy that spells out doom for this state. Again, young people, get out NOW if you can. There are few opportunities for you here in the foreseeable future unless you’re into assault weapons, meth and bigotry. There are wonderful, beautiful places to live in this huge world. Get out. Go live in Austin, Denver, New York, even London or Paris, and other places. You can always come back to this backwards place, and then leave again after regrouping. The whole suffocating, right-wing religious/journalism/think-tank system here, from the right-wing freaks to poser liberals like Blatt and Hamilton work together as part of an organized strategy to destroy your future and happiness. Escape the madness. At least give it a try.
"Patrice Douglas did not return a request for comment.
State pensions are based on the three highest years… https://t.co/9ofaE0iJiP
— Change Oklahoma (@changeok) June 16, 2016