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Originally posted by Maluhia
According to some reports, the Texas economy is one of the best in the nation -
So why the need for such drastic cuts?
Originally posted by SavedOne
It's simple really, our economy is good because we have a climate that is favorable to businesses in part because we keep our budget in check.
Originally posted by Nephalim
reply to post by SavedOne
No but i think what folks are pointing out is that since the cuts were made, it has possibly created the conditions in which the fires are going to be harder to fight off.
I sort of agree on both sides, but then again how do you prepare for things that haven't happened yet? We set funds aside right? How much is left in the rainy day fund? I think they had to dip into that for education but Im not totally sure as to the total remaining amount. Maybe they could use that to fight the fires and help with home losses.
All I do know for sure, is that they made some tough choices and there are going to be people upset (understandably) as situations arise like this one. That said, Im not so sure I can place all the blame on one guy who governs a state along with a house and senate. You do what you can with what you got.
The concerns aren't new: A 2003 FEMA study concluded that parts of Austin and its exurbs were ripe for the kinds of wildfires that have ravaged California in recent years, both for natural and man-made reasons: The placement of new homes on semi-arid ridges and flats brimming with dried-out plants and trees. "Simply stated, the conditions ... as we find them today may be perfect for a natural wildfire disaster of significant (and prophetic) proportions," the 2003 report said.
Originally posted by waybehind
Don't just bash on Perry, check this out:
This is what the article says:
Nearly half of the federal government's firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres.
The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance tonight.
The U.S. Forest Service terminated the contract with Aero Union five weeks ago to operate seven P-3 Orions that are critical to the agency's firefighting mission, leaving the federal government with 11 tankers under contract to help battle more than 50 large uncontained wildfires now burning nationwide.
The Forest Service has access to additional aviation assets to meet operational needs. Two other private companies provide 11 large airtankers under exclusive-use contracts. In addition, there are two very large airtankers available through a “call when needed” contract, as well as eight military firefighting aircraft.
Originally posted by links234
Rick Perry prays for rain and God sets his state on fire.
Something to think about.
Originally posted by Partygirl
Come on what are you people, a bunch of Comm'nists? Sheesh. Everyone knows the Efficient Market™ can handle all problems. So if your house is burning down, why not simply summon a private firefighter? If they can't get to your house in time and it burns down, the Efficient Market™ will punish them, so of course there is incentive to be more on the ball then ever. And if you can't hack it in the negotiations, haggling on your smouldering lawn for nickles and dimes while your world goes up in smoke behind you, then you aren't a good entrepreneur and you get what you deserve!!!