So just like president-elect Donald Trump what Oklahoma Republicans do is lie and create confusion.
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 unaware 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.
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