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This cock wants to eliminate all state funding to the Oklahoma Arts Council…

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See the guy pictured above? That’s Oklahoma State Representative Josh Cockroft (seriously). He’s the Assistant Majority Whip of the State House and has introduced legislation to cut off all state funding to the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Here’s what Batman…err…Bruce Wayne…err…Josh had to say about the topic on his personal blog:

As many of you probably know by now, I have filed legislation to reduce and phase out appropriations given to the Oklahoma Arts Council. Currently, approximately $4 million is appropriated each year for the funding of the arts council. HB1895 would decrease the amount of appropriations given to the Council by 25% over four years. This bill is a result of a study group over the summer with several members and OCPA (Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs)…

The question each of us must ask is if we are properly funding the core functions of state government. If the answer is “no” in any area, it must be our responsibility to ensure that each taxpayer dollar is going to the funding of those core functions before we ever look at the many side projects of which we have been so ready to fund in years past. My goal is not to destroy the arts in Oklahoma, but rather to start a discussion of what our responsibilities are. I have nothing against the arts, in fact; quite the contrary. However, I do not support the misuse of taxpayer’s dollars. Every dollar saved from these side projects is a dollar better spent for our education system, state employees, and agencies across Oklahoma.

Two quick questions for Mr. Cockroft. If your goal is to not destroy the arts in Oklahoma, then why introduce legislation that would help destroy the arts in Oklahoma? That would be like saying “Hey, I don’t want to burn down the barn, but let me go toss a lit match in that field of very tall dry grass that’s located right next to the barn.”

Also, you write “I have nothing against the arts, in fact; quite the contrary.” Oh, you don’t say? Care to share with us??? Because for some reason, I get the feeling that “quite the contrary” involves judging middle school art shows, browsing posters in Hobby Lobby, and drawing doodles during house committee meetings.

Seriously, why not expand on “Quite the Contrary” a little bit. I think you’re trying to suggest that you support the arts. If so, why don’t you give us some specific examples and proof? I’m sure all the people involved in the art programs that HB1895 would eliminate would love to hear about them.

Cockroft continues:

This past spring, OCPA published an article about the funding structure of the Arts Council. I agree with this statement from their article wholeheartedly: “The Arts Council can operate solely from donations and self-generated funds, without receiving state appropriations. Promotion of the arts is a nonprofit interest, which should not be advantaged over other nonprofit efforts that do not receive state appropriations. State government has core functions that are neglected when limited resources are diverted to things which are not core functions of government.”

This legislation is simply following in the footsteps of Kansas, who eliminated their Arts Council funding completely in 2011. Today, supported by private donations, their Arts Council is still going strong. My legislation is a much gentler approach with a five year phase out. Phasing out appropriations is not a death sentence; instead it is an encouragement for less government reliance. I truly believe that the private sector can and will do a much better job at managing than State government ever could.

Please provide any feedback and thoughts that you may have. I hope to count on your support as we make our State government leaner and more efficient.

Here’s some feedback. Can you introduce a law the prevents anyone who dresses up like Batman or is named “Josh” from running for public office? I think a lot of people would go for that. And while we’re at it, can you write some legislation that prevents us from ever following in the footsteps of Kansas? Dear God, I think that’s one of the few states we’ve surpassed in recent years. Why do we want to go back in time and be like Kansas?

Anyway, over at Josh’s blog a lot of intelligent people have posted comments that totally refute all his major talking points. You can view them over there. I encourage you to leave a comment as well…or email Josh at josh.cockroft@okhouse.gov…or call his office at (405) 557-7349. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, I decided to do some research on Josh and see what I could find out about this guy. Here’s what I learned from looking at his Facebook page:

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He’s a fan of Glenn Beck

Shocking, isn’t it, that a guy who wants to destroy the arts in Oklahoma is a fan of a guy who was too crazy for Fox News? Josh probably hugs and kisses that picture before he goes to bed each night.

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He’s also a fan of Papyrus font

Shocking, isn’t it, that a guy who wants to destroy the arts in Oklahoma uses one of the worst, most overused fonts in history as a typeface for his campaign materials? Oh well, at least it’s not Comic Sans. That was probably too girly for him.

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He enjoys to dress up like a Civil War Soldier

Shocking, isn’t it, that a guy who wants to destroy the arts in Oklahoma dresses up like an old soldier for fun on the weekends? Then again, that could also be the uniform for the secret militia that he probably belongs to.

Speaking of secret militias…

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Josh really likes guns

Okay, I’m done with the whole “Shocking, isn’t it” motif.

That was some random picture he posted to his Facebook page. The caption was “Wet Dream Day at the Capitol.” Oops, sorry about the typo. It was actually “Gun Appreciation Day at the Capitol” or something like that. I wonder if they also show pictures of all the Oklahomans killed by guns each year for “Gun Appreciation Day?” That would be kind of neat. I’m sure everyone would get a kick out of that.

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His wife kind of looks like Pam from the Office

That’s actually not a bad thing. It’s just a shame she ended up with Dwight instead of Jim.

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He buys his jeans at Sears

Okay, I don’t know if he buys his jeans at Sears or not. He could shop at Kohl’s, too.

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Old women want him

You actually got to hand it to Josh on this one. If an old woman was grabbing for my cock, I wouldn’t be that calm and collected. Then again, his name his Cockroth. Maybe it happens to him all the time.

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He let this slob speak at a campaign event

I don’t even know who that dude is, but he looks like he just got done playing Golden Tee at Henry Hudson’s. How pathetic. Never let a guy like that speak at a campaign event.

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He once had a methstache

I don’t know if methstache is a word or not, but that’s what I call the weird patch of fur he once had on his face.

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And one more time, he dresses up like Batman

In all honesty, that’s probably all you need to know about the guy.

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Comments

  1. Well it is obvious that he has a definite CosPlay Obsession. Personally, I think he may be a vampire judging from his pasty skin, dead eyes and bromance with Glen Beck. I would also like to say he is pretty brave dressing up as a UNION SOLDIER here in the red(neck) state. Perhaps word will get out that he is secretly supporting the YANKEE BASTARDS OF THE NORTH & all the local villages can gather their pitchforks and torches.

  2. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
    I hate to see my tax dollars spent on anything non-essential(four million to the arts council- really?).
    Any one who doesn’t like guns is sort of twisted.

    • cutting out the arts, really? that 4 million is something like one tenth of one percent of the state’s economy, and it generates way more than that in taxes from related spending… i just don’t see how it makes ANY sense to cut the arts when you look at economic impact. the arts are just a scapegoat- conservatives would rather demolish an entire state agency to appear “fiscally responsible” than make reforms that would actually make a difference.

  3. Gotta start cutting somewhere I suppose…………

    But wouldn’t it be nice if we had a governor that didn’t just hand out taxpayer money (TARP) to every corporation with it’s hand out.

  4. It costs the state about 25k per year to incarcerate a person. Decriminalize marijuana and you have your millions back there. However, how about we have a 100% tax on weed and put that money into the Arts.

    Seriously, who voted for this unaccomplished douche bag?

  5. I understand and agree with “less” government. My issue here is the selective use of his goal to eliminate “misuse” of taxpayer dollars. I bet if he would spend 1 hour looking at the legislature, just about any state agency (elected leader or appointed), and any number of school districts/state funded college, he could find the $4 million many times over. I would be much more impressed if he would attack the misuse of Facebook photos and edit himself

  6. i don’t know this dude from adam, but God forbid he want $ for education. ahem……. wasn’t there an article on here yesterday making fun of a certain school district who doesn’t have enough money to correctly opperate??

    • He doesn’t want money for education. And the story yesterday was about the ramifications of SQ’s that passed b/c people were told, “it’ll lower taxes.” And now that taxes are lower (for corporations), the education system is suffering. And later down the road, corporations will bitch about an uneducated workforce.

  7. That slob at his campaign event is Dave Spaulding, a Norman City Council member and professional douchebag. At the now infamous City Council meeting in Norman to honor the contributions of gay citizens, he vehemently spoke out against gay rights. Following the council meeting, a gay Norman teen who had been at the meeting committed suicide. Way to serve your community, Spaulding.

  8. There are currently 101 representatives in the state house. Their salaries are $38,400 a year. Each rep gets a $132 per diem. The total cost just for payroll and expenses for these people is $5,011,620 for what is approximately 85 days of work.

    That means that Mr. Cockroft is paid approx. $583 a day while in session. That breaks down to $72 an hour. Do we really think we’re getting our money’s worth with this guy?

    BTW, the reasoning that teachers shouldn’t get paid more is that they only work 9 months out of the year. Why the hell are these mongos getting $538/day for what is basically 3 months of work?

  9. The most frustrating thing for me is the arts in Oklahoma stimulate the economy while other public programs suck the system dry. Where the is an art related event, people are eating out a local restaurant & visiting bars after – not to mention new art districts attract new businesses. If readers want to do something about the bill, learn aboutwww.oklahomansforthearts.org – our states art advocacy org.

  10. It is absolutely 100% bullshit that he’d spend that money on education, state employees, and agencies. It would just be $4 million less in the state budget, period, in his slash-and-burn philosophy.

  11. heck I bet I could get LWOP from my current job to serve 85 measly days a year as a state Rep.
    That would be some nice walking around cash for garage sales and auctions!

  12. Proof that Mr. Cock “supports” the arts in OK!

    OklahomansForTheArts ‏@OK4theArts
    Schoolhouse Rock turns 40 today! “I’m Just A Bill” is still a great primer in how an idea becomes a law.

    Retweeted by Josh Cockroft

  13. If all you have are ad hominem attacks to work with, then you’ve already lost the argument. Explain why we need to fund the Arts Council when there are other areas where that money can be better used?

    • Speaking of Ad Hominem attacks, I’m surprised you know what that means. But to answer your question.

      1. Just like how I don’t try to refute the claims of people who think the moon landing is fake or take serious those who think Obama is a communist Muslim, I don’t waste time trying to prove a point to tea party derps who think a small public investment in the arts (0.06060606060606061% of a $6.6-billion state budget) is a waste of money.

      2. If you read the post, I wrote: “Over at Josh’s blog a lot of intelligent people have posted comments that totally refute all his major talking points. You can view them over there.”

      3. Thanks for reading.

  14. That he openly admitted he’s following in the footsteps of the morons in Brownbackistan is the scary thing. I’d even take the derp from Texas over what’s been happening north of us.

  15. Never mind that it’s Papyrus font ……. what the heck does that quote even mean??
    Gobbledygook: “language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand: the gobbledygook of government reports.”

  16. The day Oklahoma starts following the lead of a yellow, good for nothing, navel lint of a state like Kansas is the day we should turn out the lights, close the doors, and shoot ourselves right in the face. Kansas is one of the four states Oklahoma can justifiably look down on.

    • Arguing a position and using “Kansas did it” as justification should be immediate grounds for dismissal or any Oklahoma state official, elected or appointed.

  17. ugh, he was home schooled. That explains it. It is a bit refreshing to see every comment on his blog is against his legislation.

    • Why does everyone say “x was home-schooled. That explains y.” You are aware that home school children do significantly better than public school children on standardized tests, right? A more appropriate phrase might be “x was public schooled? Well that explains it.”

      • It’s not about test scores. Home school children are almost always socially awkward. Public/private school children spend all day with hundreds of people the same age, home school children spend all day at home with their mom or dad.

        • I was homeschooled and while yes some homeschooled kids I knew were socially awkward and were homeschooled for religious reasons, not all of us were/are.

          I was homeschooled by a parent with two degrees because my brother and I both were in the gifted programs in school and my brother was getting bored because the work was to easy and I was falling behind because I have learning disabilities but I was in the gifted program so I fell through the cracks.

          My point, don’t judge all because of some. In many parts of the country it’s largely liberal families that homeschool. You likely know some people that were homeschooled but just don’t tell people because of the idea that all homeschoolers are religious nuts.

          • FYI I was FAR more social while being homeschooled. It is possible if that is something the family finds important. I knew a lot of people with no social skills that went to public school as well.

      • The comment doesn’t pertain to “standardized testing.” It is perhaps more an aknowledgment that homeschooled kids often lack proper socialization at key developmental periods. :)

  18. If Josh Cockroft admires Kansas so much he should introduce a bill that makes the pay for State Representatives the same $88 per day that state rep’s in Kansas receive. That would also save about $4 million. I know he thinks he’s just trying to return Oklahoma to its glorious past as a vast swampland filled with dinosaurs.

    • he has it right EXPECT for One thing…… Change the wording ..instead of Oklahoma Arts Council or reference thereto it should be the Oklahoma Represenatives

  19. This is the same clown that introduced legislation last year to eliminate the state income tax. Looking at his background, I doubt he knows what he’s talking about.

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