As much as state and Oklahoma City leaders either want to disguise it or simply don’t want to believe it, all signs point to the fact that the state and local economy continues to disintegrate in a manner that constitutes a real emergency.
— Treasurer Ken Miller (@OKTreasurer) August 5, 2016
Don’t expect action soon, though. Some GOP leaders probably enjoy watching the tax revenue crunch put the squeeze on education funding and state agencies, and Oklahoma City leaders can’t do much about it. Oil prices continue to slump—this is EVEN during the driving season—and nothing is going to stop that in the short-term. The state’s frackers enjoyed their heyday, got their unbelievable tax breaks, and now have put everyone—except for the rich, of course—at risk of living in a place that will increasingly become non-viable and even more mediocre.
But wait, well, we have Bricktown, sir, a.k.a., La Renaissance. Yet businesses are leaving in droves this puny, minor league, entertainment district with its polluted, trash-filled canal. We even have an area minor league baseball team to remind us we’re minor league.
Oklahoma City sales tax collection continues to decline https://t.co/tmb9KON1gE
— KOCO-5 Oklahoma City (@koconews) August 2, 2016
Maybe “minor league” is too nice of a term to describe the tyranny of awful leadership in this place, from Gov. Mary Fallin to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger, all Republicans. Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller, another Republican, doesn’t hide the gnarly truth, but he won’t or can’t do anything about it. Miller could leave the Republican Party in response to the financial malfeasance, but I bet he won’t, and he’s supposedly an academic.
The four people I’ve mentioned above are heroes to the corporate media here because of their political affiliations, nothing more. Tell me one thing these people have done or accomplished. Cornett’s “lose weight” program for Oklahoma City? Right. I didn’t notice it. Fallin’s broken promises to teachers over salary issues? Miller’s pose as a moderate Republican about tax cuts and revenues? Why doesn’t he speak out more? What has Doerflinger accomplished?
Here are the latest developments:
Miller recently announced state tax revenues have declined for the 17th month in a row, which is more tax-declining months than the so-called Great Recession, which started in 2007-2008.
Oklahoma City officials announced yesterday that tax collections have declined for the fourth month in a row. The city currently has implemented a hiring freeze.
One corporate media outlet has reported that “multiple businesses” have left or are leaving the Oklahoma City Bricktown entertainment district. There are different interpretations why this is happening, but, folks, if the place was booming, this wouldn’t be a story.
Oil prices continue to remain low, and we’re in the middle of the summer driving and vacation season. What’s going to happen to prices in a month or two from now? Oil barrel prices below $50 or even $40 will not sustain the fracking boom here in Oklahoma at previous levels, not that we want more earthquakes and environmental damage.
So the economic slide continues, and there isn’t one GOP elected leader that’s stepping up and speaking up with logic, reason, force and impact. The GOP dominates the political scene here, and they created a disaster. Why I would expect Republican Oklahoma politicians to speak with logic and reason is, of course, my problem or maybe a dream. They come from the political party after all that nominated Donald Trump.
Will Oklahomans vote GOP in November and ensure more cuts to education and safety-net programs so the state becomes a deeper cesspool of stupidity and poverty? Probably. It’s become the real Oklahoma Standard and the rest of the nation knows it.
— Mary Fallin (@MaryFallin) July 22, 2016