Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

More posts from the OK Policy Blog

In the year since I last updated. Trickle-Down hasn’t worked. It’s time for Middle-Out economics. “How Money Walks” has no leg to stand on After talk of reining in tax breaks, Oklahoma added more Oklahoma has not implemented real criminal justice reform Whatever happened to… ? Oklahoma is still waiting for criminal justice reform No, […]

OK Policy posts again

It’s been basically forever since I updated this list, but it’s mostly for my own archives. Here are all my posts at the OK Policy Blog since the last update. Not including my daily news briefing In The Know, which you should subscribe to. Why total spending has gone up as budgets are cut The […]

More OK Policy posts, plus a poem page

It’s been a good while since I updated this site, but the blogging goes on at Below are my posts since the last update. I also added a poetry page page to archive some stuff I’ve written over the past decade. Find it under “Other Writing” in the sidebar or click here. Good times […]

My posts for OK Policy, continued

Can we stop the runaway train of tax expenditures? Eliminating tax breaks: The dog that didn’t bark ‘Flip It To Fix It’ report offers an immediate, fair solution to state budget shortfalls Get a job: Why restricting employment for ex-felons is counter-productive Watchdogs, code monkeys, and budget hawks: The many species of Gov 2.0 Budget […]

For my many followers here (no one)

All my blogging these days happens at Here are my posts so far: Sally Kern could be on to something (but it’s not what she thinks) How the tax incentives war puts states in a terrible bargaining position Bill would raise taxes for 1 million low-income Oklahomans New OK Policy report lays out options […]

Oklahoma creating new felonies and increasing sentences even as corrections budget is slashed

Oklahoma’s prison population has grown 10 percent in the last 10 years. Fifty-three percent of the inmates were convicted of nonviolent crimes. Budget cuts threaten to eliminate 15 percent of the prison work force, and inmates are already sleeping in dining halls and exercise rooms. What’s Republican Senate Leader Glenn Coffee’s response? “It’s not a […]

every bit helps

My friend Isaiah McCaslin will be a great Representative for Oklahoma, but he needs your help to get there. If you’re sick of what’s going on with our current legislature, this is how you change it! Please donate whatever you can. Contribute now to Isaiah McCaslin (OK-HD-44) Join us! So far, 15 supporters have contributed […]


It is time to pass health care reform.

“Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing…after they have exhausted all other possibilities.” — Winston Churchill

judge v. mob

This is why electing judges is a terrible idea. I don’t know the details about this case, but I’m absolutely sure that justice is not well served by a 200 word blog post rousing a bunch of people with similar lack of knowledge to make angry phone calls.

bureaucracy has ruined revolution

Fee to Overthrow the Government: Five Dollars South Carolina Lawmaker Seeks to Overthrow 1951 Law Requiring “Subversive Agents” to Register With Government Download the form here.

Teddy Roosevelt riding a moose.

Will this be Oklahoma soon?

The end result of anti-government, anti-tax mania: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many – The Denver Post This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric. More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado […]

policy ideas for the tea party crowd

Considering that I’d support almost all of these ideas (not so sure about the education stuff), it seems unlikely that tea partiers would buy them. But it would be nice to have some populist fervor in support of actually reforming the system, instead of just pissing off liberals and discriminating against Hispanics. Policy ideas for […]

humility and the Presidents

A lot has been made recently about connections between Obama and Lincoln, with no little encouragement from Obama himself.  While plenty of these comparisons were overwrought (the media’s perennial obsession with “Team of Rivals” being the worst example), one resemblance does stand out: The most important quality may be humility, which both Obama and Lincoln […]

which side are you on boys

I’m just about ready for some class warfare.

living up to the promise

The media has given plenty of attention to what Obama will do with his unprecedentedly large and detailed database of voters collected during the campaign.  This was the backbone of their wildly successful fundraising from small donors, but even before election day, the flush with cash campaign’s pleas for ever more money grew increasingly absurd. […]

Nixons to China

Some encouraging reporting from The New York Times: When President-elect Barack Obama introduces his national security team on Monday, it will include two veteran cold warriors and a political rival whose records are all more hawkish than that of the new president who will face them in the White House Situation Room. Yet all three […]

variations on a theme

David Cay Johnston: The Administration has scared the markets and some key legislative leaders, but it has not laid out a coherent, specific and compelling need for this enormous proposal, which is the equivalent of a one-time 55 percent income tax surcharge. (Instead the money will be borrowed, so ask from whom and how this […]

How much is 700 billion?

Hint: it’s a whole f***ing lot.

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