Should the federal government help Oklahoma after this weeks tornadoes? Normally I would say absolutely yes. However, both of Oklahoma’s Senators, Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn have repeatedly voted against funding FEMA and voted against relief for other areas of the country. The both voted no for Hurricane Sandy relief. So now comes Oklahoma with their hat in their hand wanting money from the government after they said no when the rest of the country needed help. Shame on you! Shame on you!

So – should we help them? Yes – we are America and we take care of each other in times of disaster. Certainly the little children aren’t responsible for how the senators vote. And I say we should help even though I know that if we have a big earthquake that Oklahoma is going to vote no to help us.

But if I were a senator I would tell Coburn and Inhofe that I’m not going to support disaster relief till the begged for forgiveness on the floor of the Senate. And I would make them pledge to never vote against disaster relief again. There just has to be a price to pay for that level of hypocrisy.

  1. Glenn E. says:

    This sort of reminds me of Mass. situation. They’ve voted down raising taxes for their citizens for years. And yet their “Big Dig” highway project thru Boston, cost more to fund than the State could have afforded. So the US taxpayer footed most of the cost. It’s Ok with the Mass. millionaires if the rest of us pay higher taxes. And/or more for food, clothing, and health care, because the deficit spending raises inflation, and decrease the value of the currency. But Massachusetts citizens (mostly the rich ones) aren’t going to stand paying for all of that free ride spending they’re getting. Shame on them too.

    • MikeN says:

      They’ve raised taxes in Massachusetts not too long ago with the current governor, after Mitt Romney raised lots of fees but kept the income tax rate steady. The Federal Government footed the bill because that’s what they always do. Most of that project could have been skipped, such as a special tunnel for rich people in the Cape to get to Logan Airport faster.

  2. Glenn E. says:

    I feel for the regular people of Oklahoma, who felt they needed to live where they are. In a part of the country that potentially gets more of these storms, than any other. It’s not their fault. It’s probably were the jobs all are, now. Corporations, realizing that they can have low cost labor, in parts of the US, sparsely populated in the past. Lead to a housing development boom, where homes probably hardly existed, a few decades ago. And for good reason. But then an once in 50 years storms, blows thru town X. Proving why it’s not such a wise idea to live there. And the citizens wonder why God is punishing them? Or the local politicians are wondering, why this had to happen on their watch? But nobody points a finger at what cause the people to put themselves in harms way, knowingly or (more likely) unknowingly. Like the days of the Dust Bowl era, some profiteering deal was at work. And the people got screwed, when nature simply did what it would normally do, if nobody was living there.

    It’s like that philosophical question, “If a tree falls in the forest, when nobody is around. Does it make a sound?” You don’t want to be building a home, beneath a large tree that might fall on it. Just because you never saw such a tree fall down, before. And you don’t want to build a home, directly facing the ocean. Just because you haven’t heard of a hurricane hitting that part of the shore line before. But there will be some with money and influence, to convince you otherwise. And they’ll try like hell to get you to invest in living in a home, in a dangerous area. Because of jobs and opportunities, in those areas, the government and corporations conspired to arrange for. Rather than arranging for the job growth to happen in older, safer, established population zones. Because the wealthy only make more money encouraging “Urban Sprawl”. Even when it sprawls into Hurricane Alley. And they’re the ones, really counting on the taxpayers to pick up the pieces. Because without a well funded recovery, people would wise up and not live there again.

    So basically, in a nutshell, FEMA is a subsidy to whoever builds the new homes, and moves their jobs to underdeveloped areas. They’re the ones counting on the disaster relieve, when the sh*t hits the fan. So they can keep on developing in weather ravaged America, at the taxpayers’ expense.

  3. Porky Rottenham says:

    You got it right, John.

  4. Kent says:


  5. Buzz Mega says:

    The government should close Tornado Alley and make it a National Park.


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