Senator Casey Murdock is a big booster of the Oklahoma farmer & rancher. And he should be, given that his district spans 9 counties in and near the Oklahoma panhandle. And to be fair, the ag sector has real issues which need reform in the state & federal policies. Why then, is he so preoccupied with a campaign to rescue the self esteem of the Ribeye steak? And why would a politician be so divisive when the T-bone, Sirloin, Strip, Filet Mignon and other cuts are just as valid to the beef industry? What ought to bother the citizens of all Oklahoma even more is the cost of pressing this bill through the legislative process. If the Legislature conducts about 300 hours of floor deliberations and votes (not to mention the committee time and the torture of every senator having to read every silly grandstanding bill); then each hour spent by the legislature has a cost to the taxpayers of about $108,000 . That's because our legislature appropriates $32 million to it's own salaries and operations. Last weekend we had a bit of fun with Casey Murdock over this bill. I'll share it with you, below.
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