The Republicans have never been so splintered since assuming the leadership of the legislature. Several legislators say they no longer recognize this as the party they spent decades building. A growing number of House Republicans have given up on even attending caucus meetings anymore, since McCall's team started going down this road of trying to grow govt. and increase the burden of taxes on the working families of Oklahoma.
Rep. Chuck Strohm of Tulsa metro, said it more diplomatically, but in the end he called it petty.
"That's not leadership - it's petty politics."
I wanted to take a minute to respond to the many comments, calls and emails regarding the ongoing cuts for Mental Health, the Healthcare Authority and the Department of Human Services.
I understand the concerns of the citizens regarding these proposed cuts since they adversely impact Oklahomans who never asked to be a pawn in the politicians' game. Currently these agencies are being held hostage in demands to raise the cigarette tax. We are also being asked to increase the cost of gasoline by approximately 6 cents per gallon.
You are being told that if we do not ‘raise revenue’, our healthcare infrastructure will fail. This is simply not true. There are a variety of options available to the legislature to address the current issue, but the only topics that are being discussed as serious solutions involve reaching into your pockets to fill a short term need. The tax increases we will be voting on will include significant spending increases which will simply make matters worse when we return in February.
While there are areas of bloated state government that need to be cut, it is irresponsible to put these departments on a public chopping block to threaten opposition into raising taxes. That's not leadership-it's petty politics.
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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...