Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy

November 21, 2012

Must I repeat myself?

Why do I have to keep repeating myself?

Mary Fallin doesn’t listen to a thing I say. Or a thing you say, or a thing the 200,000 Oklahomans without health care say. I would blame this on repeated blonde moments, or ADD except 1, I know too many Blondes with Brains (BwB), 1b, I’m not sure Fifty Shades of Pale actually qualifies her as a blonde, and 3) those of us who have ADD may have trouble focusing (except when we’re focused), but we sure as shit have no trouble hearing.

The real problem isn’t what’s on her head, anyway. It’s where her head is. Do you know where it is? I’m fixing to tell you (although you certainly could guess by using inductive reasoning, because all ya’ll are smart).

Where her head is is up her ass. I told her very clearly to remove the aforementioned head from said ass, shove her politics up there, and do what she gets paid to do—serve us. Those who voted for her and those who didn’t. Those who can further her political career, and those who can’t.  Those who can spend almost $300,000 on travel, and those who—oh. Wait. That was on the taxpayers’ dime, wasn’t it? We did pay for it. Never mind.

In Wayne Greene’s 11/20/2012 Tulsa World article, Fallin says, “It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of the nation” (A1).

Ok. I didn’t get that poll. Did you get that poll? I don’t know a single person who got that poll. So what I did was what any right-thinking person would do. You know what that was? I called her up. For me, that’s a massive undertaking. First, I had to find my phone. Then, I have to find the number (which, by the way, is 405-521-2342, just in case you want to call her and say hey) I just wrote down and then lost. Then, I have to grit my teeth and dial, because I hate the telephone. It’s an instrument of torture.

But I did it. I even called the office in Oklahoma City instead of the one in Tulsa, so you know I’m serious. I’ll call long-distance when I’m serious. Don’t think I won’t.

So I called, and apparently the governor couldn’t answer herself (possibly on account of a cell phone not fitting up there in her butt, you know, where her head is? There should be an app for that.) Or maybe we sent her on another quick trip to Ireland? Football game in Arizona? Cocktails with T. Boone Pickens? If she does happen to be in when you call, would you mind asking her if it’s true that her husband receives federal money for not growing crops on land he owns? Seriously. Inquiring minds want to know, and I truly don’t.

As I said, the Governor wasn’t in. So, what I did was, I gave that voice mail thing what-for. I mean, if she was going to poll the public, I should have been polled. If she was going to cite the opinion of the public, my opinion should actually have been solicited, right? If somebody says a majority of Oklahomans oppose something, don’t you suppose I’d know one person who is in that oppositional majority? And if someone says we said something we didn’t, isn’t that what we call . . . um . . . a lie? I’m just saying.

But you know and I know that the real issue isn’t that she did or didn’t tell a lie. The real issue is her complete disregard for the needs of people in this state. The real issue is her lack of compassion. The real issue is her elevation of politics over her constituents. The real issue is that she has no qualms about using 273,000 taxpayer dollars to travel to events having nothing whatsoever to do with Oklahoma, but balks at a subsidized health plan for its citizens. I mean, why would she deny others the right to proper medical care—and it is a right. Is there something she finds repugnant about the uninsured? Afraid she’ll catch something because they can’t afford to go to the doctor?

The bottom line is that if, God forbid, Mary Fallin develops a life-threatening illness, she’ll be able to choose doctors, facilities, and treatment, courtesy of you and me. If the woman who cleans her house is stricken with a life-threatening illness, she’ll have a choice, too—get well or die.

Boy. It sure sucks not to be governor.






  1. The quality of health care that she refers to as eroding has never even existed for many Americans but that’s not a condition she’s ever likely to experience, although having compassion for others doesn’t require sharing their experience. Compassion requires having one’s head out of one’s own ass enough to not only feel empathy for someone else’s misfortune, but also to have a strong desire to alleviate their suffering. That’s difficult to do when you’re jet setting all over the place and sucking off the taxpayer’s teat while your head is up your ass, the contortions of which require considerable effort, leaving precious little to put toward alleviating suffering. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when she listens to your voice mail. I’d love to have been there when you were giving her the benefit of your brilliant opinions, even though she didn’t solicit them, even though she claims to speak for you and me and thousands of others.


    Comment by Michelle — November 21, 2012 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  2. Go ahead, hon, tell ’em what you think.I couldn’t agree more if I were you, but since I’m not ( I don’t think so, anyway) then I could.
    I have half a mind to..umm–I forgot.
    Thanks for your support and unending unendingness. Barbara Belk is the one –ippee


    Comment by lottie-ness monster — November 21, 2012 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  3. Well, now, don’t be harsh. Think of the situation Mary & Company find themselves. Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed, they have been diligently working to find ways to avoid implementing it in Oklahoma, because they knew that if it was implemented, most people would like it, just like most people like Medicare. They certainly like Medicare better than no Medicare. Mary & Company THOUGHT the Supreme Court would knock the damn thing down, but that ingrate John Roberts not only upheld it but wrote the decision upholding it. Yep, the same guy that upheld Oregon’s assisted suicide law. What asshole liberal put that guy on the Court, anyway? Oh, George Bush. Never mind. Well, anyway, after the ingrate Roberts kept the bill intact, except for the Medicaid expansion, which he said was optional, the Great White Hope had to be the 2012 election. Surely, Obama would be thrown out of office, because that’s what Mary’s polls said, the very same polls that told her how much Oklahomans don’t want affordable health care. So, now she’s in a spot. If she does what the law directs, even the dumbest of Oklahomans will realize they’ve been told many a lie about Obamacare. Like, they’ll discover it isn’t socialist and the federal government isn’t taking over health care. Even worse, they’ll like having affordable, accessible health care. And then Mary & Company will NEVER be able to make it go away. The next strategy seems to be to have Scott Pruitt spend the next four years and untold amounts of time and money fighting an issue that has already been decided by the Supreme Court, probably creatively nitpicking every line of the ACA for something to challenge. Because he and Mary feel it’s for the good of Oklahoma to keep people from (to paraphrase Bill O’Reilly) “wanting stuff” or, worse, expecting stuff. Like surgery or chemotherapy for cancer, or medication to control blood pressure or a mammogram. .


    Comment by Audrey — November 22, 2012 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

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