Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Conservative Republicans, have a very outspoken past against FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). In the wake of the disastrous tornadoes coming late in the season, Oklahoma found themselves in the path of a serious political problem for the Senators. In 2012, Inhofe and Coburn both backed a cut to the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Now the political pundit-sphere is swimming around this latest disaster in Oklahoma waiting for one of the Senators to ask for aid or oppose aid to their state.
The death count is rising on the latest storm with winds of 200mph and being counted in as the second most powerful tornado historically to hit the state. You would think that the Senators would be scrambling to get FEMA aid to their state ASAP, but instead I guess they are both busy praying that they don’t have to do their jobs.
Inhofe recalls his last time he dealt with FEMA in this video about separating FEMA from the DHS budget.
FEMA might need more oversight or better structuring, but neutering it in the middle of all of this mythical bad weather caused by mythical climate change which seems to get hypothetically worse every year is probably not the smartest plan.
Since I really hate watching Senators speaking as they try to master the art of putting people to sleep while they talk… here is some Colbert on FEMA and the “Waffle House Index”.
(Just a fun update…)
Here is some of the candid responses to Senator Inhofe’s call for prayers…