Red Stater endorses ISTOOK for OK Gov
While it is a little hard to find just where Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (D) stands on many issues, …it can be done. (Thanks to algore for the internet) It is easy to find where challenger Ernest Istook (R) stands via his votes in the US House of Representatives and his numerous quotes on each.
The Governor does like to talk about “his” education program and I’ll get to that in a minute…
First, I must compliment Governor Henry on his position on gun control. However, it would be very difficult to be a politician in Oklahoma and not support the 2nd amendment.
While having the support of a great former football coach may be enough for some “voters”, just for fun, lets look at a few issues Governor Henry doesn’t like to discuss.
Immigration: (May 2003)- Gov Henry approved college tuition and college grants for illegal immigrants. (Feb 2006 Tulsa World)- “…is in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants”. Governor Henry does not support English as the official language. In the Oct 23rdtelevised debate from Edmond, he said illegal immigration is “a border-state and federal government issue”, not an Oklahoma problem. (Istook is for strict border control and in enforcing Oklahoma immigration laws. Istook does NOT support providing free college tuition to illegal immigrants)
Taxes: Gov Henry proposed and approved tax increases like the tobacco tax yet takes credit for recent Republican House (watered down by the Governor) income tax cuts.
(Istook is for tax cuts and smaller government)
Governor Henry increased spending in Oklahoma government by over 30% in the last 2 years.(FY 05-06 Budget Summary and Budget Review State of Oklahoma public records)
Economic growth: Governor Henry believes that by government “investing” in education Oklahoma will benefit from those students who later start businesses and in turn stimulate Oklahoma's economy and also to "invest" in Oklahoma based medical research and facilities and training centers for high tech medical and aviation research, Oklahoma will benefit from companies that might be created as a result of these research efforts. Oklahoma remains one of the “least business friendly” states in terms of tax incentives, amenities and red tape however.
(Istook is for incentives for business growth which provide Oklahoma's students with better paying jobs after graduation in order to keep Oklahoma's youth at home, thereby increasing Oklahoma's economy)
Gay Marriage: Governor Henry does not support a resolution for marriage defined as between “one man and one woman”. (Oklahoman Feb 25 2004)
(Istook does support such a resolution)
Abortion: Governor Henry has said that we could consider him “Pro-choice”.
Governor Henry has not supported parental consent for minors for an abortion.
Governor Henry also turned-back federal funding for Abstinence Education programs by refusing to provide matching state funds.
(Istook is "pro-life" and supports Abstinence Education)
Healthcare: Governor Henry’s highly touted healthcare program designed to serve 70,000 seniors and the poor, currently has less than 1,000 members at a cost of over $99 million (so far). Governor Henry has not commented on Oklahoma providing free healthcare for illegal immigrants.
(Istook has worked to reduce healthcare costs and improve access to healthcare for seniors and the poor)
Oklahoma Roads: Governor Henry touts all the new bridge construction for Oklahoma highways on his website, but Oklahoma roads remain among the worst in America. Despite some of the highest gasoline taxes in the entire country, Oklahoma’s roads are in horrible condition while utilizing the cheapest surfacing possible in most of the state (oil and gravel in rural areas). Drive down our most visible and tourist traveled street- 23rd Street by the state capitol and then on east toward Choctaw. Pick up a new set of shocks and tires on the way because you will need them. No-one in government should brag about the roads, bridges or bar-ditches in Oklahoma.
(No comment on record from Istook)
Education: Okay, lets look at Governor Henry’s self pro-claimed “model system” for education.
Governor Henry is credited with bringing in the LOTTERY system to fund education. (which was already funded by property tax dollars collected for education).
However, the governors program provides across the board, automatic school administrator and teacher pay raises based on tenure (time on the job) and NOT based on merit or performance. Governor Henry’s education program is to “throw money at it” with no accountability.
Governor Henry opposes parents having the “choice” of home-schooling or voucher systems both of which are widely accepted and considered very successful.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma was ranked 6th (worst) among states that inflate or exaggerate their educational performance statistics in 2005-2006 by an independent reporting group who looks at actual increases vs claimed improvement of all 50 states.
Finally Governor Henry supports expanding the failing OHLAP scholarship program despite enormous expense projections.
AP, February 12, 2006 Henry: College scholarship plan too expensive.
(Istook favors raises for teachers and administration based on merit and performance and supports homeschooling)
Governor Henry seems like a very nice man and I am sure that he is.
He is not evil or corrupt.
He is not a liar or a cheater.
He is just wrong on many issues regarding the future of Oklahoma and America.
Elect Ernest Istook Governor and see what a true “Reagan conservative” can do for Oklahoma.
According to Red Stater