Concerned citizens of Haskell,Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburgh Counties: 02-08-18

 Currently there are many people running for state office and that is a good thing for our democracy. However, candidate yard signs do not make for trusted employees committed to serving the people.

In past elections many people placed their trust and cast their vote for people they felt would dedicate their time and energies working to solve the overwhelming problems facing this state. Those same legislators trashed that trust and those votes and refused to dedicate their time and energies for the betterment of the people who elected them.

Republicans, the majority at the Capital, have spent this past year spending a lot of time doing nothing but ‘backing up’ to pick up their paychecks. In a nut shell, such actions constitute theft from the very taxpayers that elected them.

They completely ignore the needs of the people and bad-mouth the state employees who are expected to keep the state government running smoothly. Rep John Bennett R-Salisaw, called those same state employees, terrorists. (11-01-17 KOCO News)

Oklahoma’s Republican leadership has a long history of bad behavior. Early on, it was Governor Frank Keating calling teachers ”slugs,” then he claimed that Oklahoma college graduates could not properly fill out a job application. Later on, Frank Keating was asked by a media reporter, how he would deal with teachers and their organization, the OEA. Keating’s smart alec reply was “homicide.” Still later, Republican Labor Commissioner, Mark Costello called state employees “feral hogs,” but when confronted by a TV reporter, he said he didn’t mean state employees, he meant teachers. (Oklahoma Democrats Wallace Collins)

Many legislators play lip service to the importance of education, but out of the other side of their face, they demean school teachers by not funding education and not valuing the role education plays in our lives.

This year is an election year, so one more group needs to step up, and that is the candidates for governor. I was disappointed to read that some of the so-called leaders of Step Up are supporting gubernatorial candidates who are opposing the revenue plan. This certainly makes their “step up” support seem superficial. Instead of holding their candidates accountable, they are supporting them even as the candidates go around the state whipping up opposition to revenue increases by touting the nonsense that we have a “spending problem, not a revenue problem.” (Oklahoma Policy Institute Gene Perry)

When the Democratic minority brought forth their ideas to solve the budget crisis this past year, the Republican majority refused to allow debate.

The Step Up idea is only a first step in solving the funding problems for this state. Speaker of the House, Rep Charles McCall R-Dist 22, has said that he thinks he has the votes necessary to pass the Step-Up proposal. The Republcians have spent the past year neglecting their duties with their lack of governing and will now sign on to any proposal that lets them walk away from their responsibilites once again!

Because the Republicans are the majority, they dictate what is brought to the floor for debate and, therefore, hold the majority of the responsibilty for doing nothing. The Democrats are responsible for not forcing the Republicans to action. The people are responsible for only paying lip service to their concerns and voting too many Republicans into office. A balance of both parties keeps everyone in check.

Join us the ‘Party of the Working Man and Woman’ Be active in shaping your future! Next Democrat Meeing-February 23-noon-Eastern Oklahoma State College-President’s Dining Hall-Wilburton-Democrat Committee: Roy Alford, Byron Bohanon, Les Brelsford.

Les and Ruth Brelsford

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