Thursday, May 11, 2017

OK: "Let's Deport Students"

There's a lot to unpack in the news from Oklahoma's GOP legislators, but let's just skip straight to the most awful. From this special caucus of conservatives, looking for ways to close a budget hole:

The caucus said there are 82,000 non-English speaking students in the state.

“Identify them and then turn them over to ICE to see if they truly are citizens, and do we really have to educate non-citizens?” [Rep. Mike] Ritze asked.

The caucus thinks that could save $60 million.

OK: Have you ever noticed that our state looks like a clumsy hatchet?

What the hell? I mean, what the absolute you-have-got-to-be-freaking-kidding-me hell??!! Let's profile possible undocumented immigrants based strictly on what their primary language is??!!

The rest of their proposal only seems less stupid because the target-non-English-speakers sets the stupid bar so very high. But there's still a lot of stupid here.

The 22-member platform caucus has also decided they can save $328 million by eliminating "all non-essential, non-instructional employees in higher education." So... what? All administration? Can the janitors. Make the students cook and serve their own meals? What exactly do they think this third-of-a-billion dollar unnecessary payroll consists of?

They also want to cut the film tax credit, because encouraging the film industry to take its jobs and money elsewhere is smart financing.

Oh, and swag! No more slapping a government logo on pens to hand out to folks who could, you know, provide their own damn logo-less pens. $39 million savings right there.

The caucus asked the new station not to reveal every detail of their plan because they're still negotiating with legislative leadership. If legislative leadership has any molecule of sense at all, they are negotiating by saying things like "Wouldn't you guys like to go sit in the cornet with these little balls? See how shiny they are?"

If Oklahoma keeps their swag, I might suggest some new slogans like "Oklahoma-- striving to be as ignorant and hateful as North Carolina" or just "Oklahoma-- speak English or get the hell out."


  1. When are people going to realize that "saving" government money costs much, much more in the long run? And by people, I mean those who keep electing these morons? I don't expect the politicians to ever learn that lesson (for that matter, most of them barely qualify as "people").

  2. OK is making me feel a little better about living in WI. I mean, Walker and the legislature are complete tools, but at least they know the WI public will not put up with this kind of shenanigans.

  3. Welcome to my world. My wife actually met with Rep. Ritze days before he dropped the turd at the capital. He thought he was among friends (wrong!). He would have left the uncomfortable meeting after she asked him to cite his ridiculous sources for this hate legislature, but he couldn't leave because he started the meeting with having his shoes sent out to be shined. Should have had his sheets ironed for his cross-burning that night.