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God Bless America
Chisholm Trail Community News
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by Steve Fair
Steve Fair is the Chairman of the
4th Congressional District for
the Oklahoma Republican Party.
He may be reached by phone at
580.252.6284 or email at okgop@ Read more at stevefair.
On Wednesday, Governor Kevin Stitt signed three House and two Senate bills that gave him the power
to hire and fire agency directors at five of the largest state agencies: the Department of Corrections, the
Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, the Department of Transportation, the Office of Juvenile Affairs, and the
Department of Mental Health. The five bills had emergency provisions, so they go into effect immedi-
Before the bills were passed and signed into law, the five agencies were guided by individual boards
and commissions. Stitt pledged during his campaign that he would push for the governor to have more
power in the hiring of agency heads, saying the board system insulated agency heads from voters. “Okla-
homans want three things: they want accountability, transparency and they want results,” Stitt said at the
signing ceremony while flanked by seventy lawmakers.
First, empowering the governor to hire and fire top agency directors will clearly be more efficient
than the old method. It theoretically does make the larger state agency heads more accountable to voters.
Under the new system the only person between them and the voter will now be the governor. However,
that begs two questions: “why have a board at all if it has no say in the agency’s staffing and budgeting?
Is the board just an advisory body with no real power? Under the old system, each agency had boards of
varying size, all with members appointed by the governor to a term. A new governor couldn’t just fire the
board and start over. They had to work with the existing board, many times with those who had been ap-
pointed by their predecessors, to make changes in state agencies. Many of the appointments were politi-
cal patronage and the board members were not qualified to be there. Under the new system, the boards
will be made up of people who have little power and no authority over the agency they are supposed to be
Second, this consolidation of power should be voted on by the citizens of Oklahoma. If granting the
governor more power is a good thing, then amend the State Constitution to permanently grant that power.
That must be done through a vote of the people. The five bills signed this week can be rescinded by a
future legislature. A Republican legislator recently said that would be what would happen if a Democrat
governor was elected. But expanding the power of the governor can’t be personality or Party driven. It is
either the right or wrong thing to do.
Third, government conducts business, but it is not a business. It doesn’t generate revenue - it collects
it. Government should be conducted in a businesslike manner, but a business is only accountable to its
stakeholders, not to society as a whole. It is an oligarchy. Government is accountable to everyone in its
jurisdiction. It’s important to understand the difference.
Consolidation of power was something America’s founders warned against. They set up a system of
government that relies on a multitude of counselors, not single personalities or elected leaders. Clearly,
the most effective, efficient form of government is a benevolent dictatorship, but that only works until the
good dictator is gone. Oklahomans need a fourth thing Governor, - Collaboration, - to really turnaround.
Why Carry a Gun?
 My old Grandpa said to
me, ‘Son, there comes a time
in every man’s life when he
stops bustin’ knuckles and
starts bustin’ caps and usu-
ally it’s when he becomes too
old to take a whoopin’.’
 I don’t carry a gun to kill
people; I carry a gun to keep
from being killed.
 I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a
gun because I have lived long enough to see the
evil in the World.
 I don’t carry a gun because I hate the govern-
ment; I carry a gun because I understand the
limitations of government.
 I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry; I carry
a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my
life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
 I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot
someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at
a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk
somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
 I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man;
I carry a gun because men know how to take care
of themselves and the ones they love.
 I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate;
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three
armed thugs, I am inadequate.
 I don’t carry a gun because I love it; I carry a
gun because I love life and the people who make
it meaningful to me.
 Police protection is an oxymoron: Free citizens
must protect themselves because police do not
protect you from crime; they just investigate the
crime after it happens and then call someone in
to clean up the mess.
 Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young
to die and too old to take a whoopin’!
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