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January 16, 2014

Fallin: Not pure enough for Tea Partiers

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NORMAN —

The arrogance toward state workers in general and corrections workers in particular was recently highlighted in a Page 1 article found in the Dec. 22 edition of The Oklahoman. It quoted Fallin’s general counsel, a not-so-enlightened corrections expert named Steve Mullins, as saying, “The governor is not concerned about the situation in the prisons” and “generally, you’re going to find that almost all law enforcement, if you look at it, work double shifts. Double shifts themselves do not implicate safety concerns." 

They do when only 60 percent of security posts are staffed and employees must face daily hundreds of dangerous felons. And all this wisdom from lawyer Mullins, who probably has never seen a prison cell from the inside, except on TV.

Unfortunately, our governor’s most irresponsible decision was to reject billions of your federal tax dollars that were otherwise earmarked for health care in Oklahoma, for Oklahomans. And, brother, does Oklahoma need some health and mental health services. You don’t have to believe me. Just try to get care, except in an emergency room when you or your child are the sickest ... if you don’t have insurance.

Our frugal governor, as well as members of her family, have gold-plated, taxpayer-funded health insurance. She is worried about the national debt, a valid concern. The problem is our health care money, your tax dollars, won’t reduce the national debt a penny. It simply goes back into a formula and is redistributed to the other states for health services. The “C” word for that isn’t “conservative.” It’s “crazy.”

Therefore, even a casual observer of Fallin’s record would presume she is safely ensconced from any meaningful attack by this century’s version of the 19th century’s short-lived party, aptly named the Know-Nothings. A product of New York City in the 1850s, its members answered any question with the answer “I know nothing.”

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