As I have mentioned before, the EF-5 tornado that blew through Joplin on May 22, killing 160 people and destroying or damaging more than 7000 homes and businesses, also seems to have destroyed or damaged the anti-government sentiments of a lot of folks around here.
At least until it’s time to elect more anti-government politicians to office.
In the wake of the deadly storm has come a tsunami of socialism to this notoriously fed-up-with-gubmint part of the country.
Consider just the last two days of reporting in the Joplin Globe. On Friday, the above-the-fold news was:
In that article we learn:
JOPLIN, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon at a news conference Thursday afternoon announced state funding of up to $1.5 million for the Joplin School District to offset a projected drop in property tax revenue as a result of the damage wreaked by the May 22 tornado.
Without the state funding, state and local officials said, the district would have had to contemplate raising the local operating and debt-service levies to meet financial needs for fiscal year 2012.
Think about that, all you anti-government types in Joplin. In order to keep from raising local property taxes, our school district needs the help of other Missourians. That’s called democratic socialism, my friends.
Or consider Saturday’s Joplin Globe:
In the first story we learn:
JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin’s city administration will ask the City Council at its meeting Monday night to allow the city to make application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for individual storm shelter funding.
Assistant City Manager Sam Anselm said that if the council authorized submission of the application and it was eventually approved, residents could build storm shelters or safe rooms and be reimbursed for 75 percent of the cost.
In the second story we learn how eager some other area communities are in getting in on the federal program that would help with storm shelter funding.
Now, you can call this stuff anything you want, but when other Americans are helping Joplinites purchase and install storm shelters, I call it democratic socialism.
Finally, Saturday’s Globe also brought us this headline:
Contracts total $31 million for temporary schools
FEMA to pick up most of the cost.
In that story we find out many details about to whom this particular FEMA money—courtesy of democratic socialism in America—will go. The money, only part of what FEMA has done for Joplin, is designated for contracts to establish temporary schools to replace those that were destroyed in the tornado.
Here is a partial list of some of the local direct monetary beneficiaries of democratic socialism around the area:
Crossland Construction of Columbus, Ks.: $9,456,774
R.E. Smith Construction of Joplin: $5,786,104
Intelligent Investments of Neosho: $2,485,498
KIR Joplin, which owns the space in Northpark Mall that will house half of Joplin High School: $1,000,000 per year
Northpark Mall‘s management company: $134,250 per year
Joplin Business and Industrial Corporation for leasing space for East Middle School students: $432,000 per year
Bentley Investments, owned by Joplin resident Gary Hall: $420,000 per year
Joplin Memorial Hall, owned by the city: $400,000 per year
There you have it. Socialism is alive and well in our fair city, but few dare call it that.