So just like president-elect Donald Trump what Oklahoma Republicans do is lie and create confusion.
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— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) December 19, 2016
Here’s the recent Okie Big Lie: Gov. Mary Fallin tells everyone that the state faces a nearly $600 million budget shortfall for next year and a few days later that number jumps to $900 million. Does any rational person really think that wasn’t a calculated move to avoid messy questions like this one: So, governor, how do you plan to fund teacher raises you want to make a “priority” with a $900 million budget shortfall?
It’s immoral and disgusting, and the local, corporate media has been not only complicit but also a major part of Oklahoma’s Big Lie. That includes the chirpy entertainment rag the Oklahoma Gazette, the so-called “alternative” publication in this right-wing extremist place.
Oh, sure, the corporate media here, like The Oklahoman, will get the name of the latest shooting victim right in a story in this gun-crazy place, but when it comes to any type of political story, well, it’s going to be slanted to the extreme right, and I mean real extreme, as in not normal, not anything close to something that might be called mainstream.
So, as I predicted in a previous post, the shortfall was going to grow. Next prediction: The shortfall will grow beyond $900 million and education funding at all levels will be slashed again. I think the shortfall will actually be around $1.5 billion unless Trump starts a world war, which would send oil prices soaring. What we’re experiencing in Oklahoma right now is how a state becomes, essentially, not viable in any normal sense, but these are not normal times in this country as we await president-elect Donald Trump’s tyrannical presidency.
I really can’t believe I’m at this point, but, again, these are not normal times, so here it is: I’m now urging all educators, unless you’re near a secured retirement or have particular family restrictions and just can’t do it, to leave Oklahoma as soon as possible. Fallin and the Republican-dominated state legislature and the overall national government, are going to deliberately make the lives of teachers and professors here miserable under a Trump presidency. They believe they have the mandate. It’s going to get worse in terms of pay and bureaucratic hassles. Get out. NOW.
The so-called “progressive” Oklahoma Policy Institute isn’t going to help you out. The so-called “teacher caucus,” basically a right-wing extremist group, isn’t going to help you out. If you spend one second listening to any local politicians talk about how they’re concerned about your low pay, well, it’s a second wasted of your time. Republicans will lie to your face with no guilt. Democrats will lie to you because they know they can’t do one damn thing to help you. They might feel guilty when they do so if that’s any consolation. Oklahoma educators: Get out. NOW. If you can.
There are still a lot of uncertainties when it comes to what’s going to happen under a Trump presidency at this point and how it will affect Oklahoma, but everyone should know that even though it seems incredibly impossible it’s only going to get even more radically conservative here.
Everyone needs an escape plan from Oklahoma at this point. Everyone. Even the smug Trumpian traitors, who think they did themselves a favor when they took down the republic with the help of Russia.