Editorial: Fake conservatives vote for taxes

Some “conservative” state lawmakers can’t handle the heat from agency heads, bureaucrats, chamber types and the liberal media. They fold like a cheap tent when their stated values are challenged.

In November, Gov. Mary Fallin, Republican leaders and Democrat leaders tried their hardest to enact the biggest tax increase in state history. Even though revenue is quickly catching up to a perceived shortage, they wanted to increase the tax burden so they could expand the role of government.

Thank goodness, some true conservatives stood in the gap against their evil schemes.

Here is a partial list of state representatives from the Tulsa area who voted the right way – against the tax package: Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa; Dale Derby, R-Owasso; Tom Gann, R-Inola; Dr. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow; Sean Roberts, R-Tulsa; Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa; Michael Rogers, R-Broken Arrow and Chuck Strohm, R-Tulsa.

These men are heroes and they undoubtedly will pay a political price for doing the right thing versus caving to pressure from special interests.

On the flip side, here are state representatives from the Tulsa area who pretend to be conservative Republicans but actually are “Republicans in name only (RINOs): Carol Bush, R-Tulsa; Katie Henke, R-Tulsa; Kevin McDugle, R-Wagoner; Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa; Jadine Nolan, R-Sand Springs, and Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa.

You can add these Democrats to the list of state representatives who wanted to raise taxes that would disproportionately affect poor people in Oklahoma: Karen Gaddis, D-Tulsa; Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa; and Meloyde Blanchett, D-Tulsa.

The true intentions have been unmasked. In 2018, politicians who call themselves conservative yet want to raise taxes should be sent home.