Under Gov. Rick Perry (R) this year, Texas slashed state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires like the ones that have recently destroyed more than 700 homes.
Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain were slated to have their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million, according to KVUE.
The majority of Texas is protected by volunteer fire departments. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas and only 114 paid fire departments. Another 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid.
For that reason, aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could be more important than ever to the state where wildfires have recently been raging.
You see how this works? Republican Rick Perry cuts the funding for something important like fire departments. The ignorant people all cheer, because they like it when things are cut…because they are ignorant like that.
Then a bad thing (or 2 or 5 bad things happen) and Rick Perry is running to the government that he claims to hate, and asking for help.
In the meantime, there are fires and floods and hurricanes and tornadoes and everyone (except the ignorant people) realize that having a fire department is a good thing.
Having a library with up-to-date books and computers is a good thing.
Keeping bridges and roads in good repair is a good thing.
Having FEMA help you in a disaster is a good thing.
The Republicans and their willfully ignorant followers don’t want this. But the rest of us DO!
RECALL ALL REPUBLICANS IN 2012!
For those that had any designs on sipping from the GOP waterhose. Perry is in fact, a tool.