I also blame the County Sheriffs and County Commissioners for not being more forceful with the legislature. I've pleaded with some of them to take a strong stand, but I've seen little action or even words. What the sheriffs should do is fill up vans with incarcerated mentally ill and taking them to the capitol rotunda for a civil rights rally. I think that would get some panicked action started.
I blame the legislature HEAVILY for cutting the mental health budget through irresponsibly taking reliable funds any and cajoling mental health advocates to help them pass a horrible tax scheme. When Rep. Leslie Osborn said; "No other agency is closer to my heart than the Mental Health agency.."; she was lying. Because she robbed them of 23% of their funds. Maybe the legislative leaders would have some real courage if they would have funded capitol operations and legislative salaries with that "Tobacco Cessation Fee".
We need to speak out, but I believe the real cuts (if & when they happen) will be worse for Oklahoma than what we've heard threatened, in yesterday's press event.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...