The list is endless but for today just a quick examination of two Senate proposals totaling $60 million that prove H. L. Menchen’s maxim that “for every difficult, complex and challenging problem there is a simple, easy and wrong answer.”
First, and most egregious, Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-OKC, recommends blowing $10 million by creating a brand-new do-nothing division within the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office. This bunch of newly-minted barristers would, just for fun and guaranteed failure, take on the federal government by opposing whatever Big Brother might do in DC.
In military terms, this would be similar to hiring our state’s Second Amendment popgun saviors to invade Texas because we don’t like the fact it is a bigger state than ours. Yes, Greg’s goofy gambit is that dumb and originated in the mind of perhaps our smartest state senator. Him.
Second, not as silly as the first described above but still worthy of the following question … “Why would he propose that?”
The “he” is Senate Appropriations Chairman Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, normally imbued with an inordinate amount of common sense [until he grew a beard that makes him look older than Methuselah], by suggesting our Legislature give $50 million to the liberal layabouts in Hollywood to make silver screen smashes highlighting everything that is wrong, backward, stupid and disgusting about us Okies.
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
Movies featuring Okie white folks killing and robbing Okie Indians for selfish monetary gain 100 years ago; or different white folks hanging Black people for no good reason at all for more than 100 years ago; or Okies moving to California for any number of good reasons including making mean movies about uninhabitable Oklahoma or …
You get my drift.
Come on guys. You can do better than this. Whatever happened to funding the Wapanucka Sucker Festival or the brand new search for Bigfoot or many other economic development ideas that would at least waste our hard-earned tax dollars right here in the laughingstock of both Hollywood and the nation – Oklahoma, where the hot air comes sweeping out of somewhere located in our brand new remodeled People’s Building.