Even if you're not affiliated with the tea party, this pretty much tells it like it is.   



California: The Governor  of California is  jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out, bites the  Governor and attacks his dog.

 1. The Governor  starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie "Bambi" and then  realizes he should stop; the coyote is only doing what is  natural.

  2. He calls animal  control. Animal Control captures coyote and bills the State $200 testing  it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

  3. He calls a  veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200  testing it for diseases.

  4. The Governor  goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the  coyote and on getting his bite wound   bandaged.

  5. The running  trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a  $100,000 survey to make sure the area is free of dangerous animals.

  6. The Governor  spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote   awareness" program  for residents of the area.

  7. The State  Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and  how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the  world.

  8. The Governor's  security agent is fired for not stopping the attack somehow and for  letting the Governor attempt to intervene.

  9. Additional cost  to State of California :  $75,000 to hire and train a new security agent with additional special  training re: the nature of coyotes.

  10. PETA protests  the coyote's relocation and files suit against the  State.

Arizona: The Governor of Arizona is  jogging with her dog along a nature trail. A Coyote jumps out and  attacks her dog.

  1. The Governor  shoots the coyote with her State-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The  Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

  2. The Buzzards eat  the dead coyote.

  And that, boys and  girls, is why California is  broke . 
And more  importantly, why too much government doesn't work.

And if you  understand this, you understand the Tea  Party


Anonymous said...

Interestingly, this forward really captures a key component of the right-wing propaganda approach: convice people that government services are unneccesary and silly.

Thing is, when people start to actually EXPERIENCE life without government services, they might not find those services so silly.

When they're being threatened by invasive wildlife in their backyards, and kids and pets wind up dead, how well do you think they'll react to "Hey, take you tax cuts and protect yourselves!" And when there are reports of rabid-dog problems, how happy will they be to hear "Oh, we eleiminated Animal Control so you can have a small tax cut and the billoinaires could have a big one - just keep you kids and pets inside, you'll be fine!" And when they get sick from contaminated fish and game from polluted waters - well, surely those few hundred dollars in tax cuts they've accumulated should pay for treatment (or burial, whichever)!

This is in the same vein as the forwards about how life was so much better 100+ years ago when there were almost no taxes.

People fall for this shit because they are utterly ignorant of what life without government regulations and protections is actually like.

Bebe 99 said...

The parable continues...then the Arizona Governor decided to pay down some of the state's own massive debt by selling its entire nature trail system to a private company who would lease its use back to the AZ state government. Arizona law makers were so happy, they gained a cool 24 million from the sale, and he free market system would show government how to do things. The profits were immediately spent on a second border fence. Meanwhile the private nature trail company found their liability from wolf attacks was increasing and took Arizona to court to increase the lease payments on the trail system to 6 million per year. In five years Arizona will be in the hole on the deal.

Anonymous said...

The Gov of Arizona has a "state-issued" firearm? The Teabaggers support socialized weaponry?

Anonymous said...

And more importantly, why too much government doesn't work.

Typed the Social Security recipient on his computer connected to the government created Internet, before heading out to the pharmacy to pick up some of his medicare funded prescriptions.

And if you understand this, you understand the Tea Party

Yes indeed. Though not in the flattering light you think. I understand that anyone who actually believes crap like this and bases their political views on it is an idiot of the first order.

Anonymous said...

Arizona isn't broke? Tell that to the National Conference of State Legislatures:


For those who want a summary: Arizona actually had the WORST budget deficit of any state as a percentage of total expenditures. Maybe they need to shoot more coyotes.

katz said...

Anonymous 1 is right: These people have found the sweet spot where they can wank about government services, declare themselves opposed to them, and absolve themselves of any problems associated with them, while still reaping all the benefits from them.

BTW, this is a rerun. Seen it before.

Anonymous said...

I assume this story is meant as a defense of Texas governor Rick Perry, who shot a coyote that allegedly attacked him and his puppy while he was out jogging, and which he killed with a single shot from his laser-sighted handgun.

...which is possible, but kind of surprising for people who know coyotes.

ferschitz said...

Yes, we've seen this before, and yes, it was in regard to Hair Perry *manfully* killed a coyote that was about to attack a puppy that he took out on a jog. Of course, it begs the question why Hair Perry took a *small dog* on a jog in known coyote country, but rightwingers with something else that's small, just get jizzed up by the thought of shooting something, anything, no matter what... yay-hoooo, ride 'em cowboyz.

Dumb story and a big old wank about not much. Nor is it the way CA works, btw, and yes, it's true that AZ is *even more* in the hole than CA... but rightwingers never little inconvenient facts get in the way of bullshitting out propoganda to their braindead base.

As Orwell said: black is white and good is baaaaaaad, sheeples.

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