Sunday, May 26, 2013

Deborah Simmons: It’s time to choose helping disaster victims, not politicians

The president and the speaker of the House have already proclaimed that Oklahomans will not go needy for lack of federal government support, something that in itself is a mighty tall order considering the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a disaster relief kitty of $11.6 billion and that the federal government and the state of Oklahoma have yet to tag a dollar sign or a decimal point to the devastation.

 What we do know — or, perhaps I should say, what White House spokesman Jay Carney has told us — is, “Right now, FEMA has sufficient resources” to handle post-tornado Oklahoma.

 It’s on that “right now” note that we should pray no more severe weather reaches devastating levels in the coming weeks and months. 

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