Soon as I sit in their laps--
Sumpthin' inside of me snaps!
I cain't say no!
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Can Mrs. Mary Fallin be thought of as a modern day Ado Annie come to life? When she says "no" does she really mean "yes". If you've seen any production of "Oklahoma!", either professional or amateur, then you know what I mean about the character of Ado Annie and the relationship with her traveling salesman, Ali Hakim. Ado Annie also has some very lose morals to display in this musical, though by the conclusion the threatened use of the 2nd Amendment enhances her morality.
In her first days of mis-representing the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma, Mrs. Fallin has voted "no" on the following bills :
Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations
Fair Minimum Wage
Stem Cell Research Enhancement
Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation
Is it possible to think that when Mrs. Fallin votes no on a House bill that she's really saying yes to the bill's mirror image?
It would seem that by voting no for national security recommendations made by a blue-ribbon panel of Americans she's voting "yes" for allowing homeland security to play second fiddle to her own corporate interests.
Voting no on raising the minimum wage means she's voting yes for all Americans, not just Oklahomans, to work for a sub-standard wage that hasn't been raised in over 10 years.
She actually means yes that people can die or have stunted lives when she votes no on stem cell research that can lead to cures and prevention for many diseases and conditions that have plagued humankind since we came out of the trees.
Is Mrs. Fallin a shill for Big Pharma when she votes no to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies? Oklahoma has a considerable number of people who are at the age when prescription drugs at a low price make a difference in their quality of life. Is Mrs. Fallin more concerned with the lifestyles of Big Pharma CEOs than the people who voted her to Washington?
These are just four early bills in the House agenda and it would seem Mrs. Fallin was ready to hit the ground running.
In the musical, Ado has to chose between Ali Hakim, the traveling salesman, and Will Parker, the grassroots working man.
In real life, Mrs. Fallin has to choose between voting for enhancing the quality of life for the majority of Fifth District middle-class voters or continuing the enhanced profits of her corporate backers.
Can those CEOs have a touch of the traveling salesman that appeals to Mrs. Fallin?
Is she waiting for the "Persian Hello" or has she got it already?