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.
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.
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.
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