Too red for government aid?

Sens. James
Inhofe and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma both voted against the Hurricane Sandy
Aid bill, Inhofe saying that the money requested amounted to a “slush
fund.” Hurricane Sandy affected a total of 24 states, and the costs have
amounted to $50 billion.

Now comes the question: What
will their vote be concerning these recent Oklahoma tornados? Coburn has
already stated that he will not vote for an aid bill unless the same
amount of money allocated is deducted from some other

program. Inhofe has said that the Oklahoma situation is nothing like
the Hurricane Sandy situation; in other words, the Oklahoma use of the
money would be more legitimate.

I would suppose that,
since nearly everyone in Oklahoma is a Republican, they all concur that
the government is not needed in their lives. So would it be true to
assume that all of the Moore residences were covered by appropriate
amounts of homeowners’ insurance and total coverage on automobiles and
complete health insurance and six months of saved salaries for immediate
needs and the means to take care of all their issues, including

There are estimated damages of $2 billion at
this time. It is reported there are 100 Federal Emergency Management
Agency employees there now. Will they be sent away? Will Oklahoma’s two
U.S. senators vote against the aid? Will the state refuse the federal
aid, and therefore, will all of the wealthy Oklahomans make donations to
cover these needs?

As we know, there are plenty of
quite wealthy Oklahomans, including celebrities such as Garth Brooks,
Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Chuck Norris,
Gary Busey, Dr. Phil McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Tom and Judy Love, Aubrey
McClendon, the owners of the Thunder, David Green of Hobby Lobby and on
and on. These are extremely fortunate folks blessed with talent and/or
business acumen.

Several of these folks have made their
anti-government feelings known, so I would think they would eagerly
step forward to finance what is needed for those who have not done their
job to take care of their needs themselves.

—Barbara Johnson
Hurst, Texas

Barbara Johnson

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