Missouri Governor Matt Blunt: No Free State Flag for You, Missouri Soldier!
Sometimes the Republicans demonstrate what they really think of our soldiers:
Roger Studdard is an Army specialist currently serving his second tour in Iraq. While there, he told my KMOX colleague Jon Grayson about a problem he had run into with the office of the Governor of Missouri, Matt Blunt. Roger wanted a little something that would remind him of home, so on February 6th, he wrote to a staff member in the Governor's office:I am sending this letter in regards to my home state of Missouri, in which I hold a substantial amount of pride in being from. The point of this letter is that I am requesting a full sized Missouri flag. I think that this is a modest request from someone in my situation. It is well known that I am proudly serving the United States of America, and I want to also show that I am proud to be from and serving the great state of Missouri as well. I hope you will grant this request for a combat tanker and fellow Missourian.
Roger was stunned when he received this reply on official letterhead from the Office Of The Governor, dated February 10th:Thank you for your correspondence dated February 6, 2006.
We appreciate your request for a free Missouri state flag. Unfortunately due to the current state budget restrictions, we are unable to grant your request. I recommend you contact one of the merchants listed on the enclosed document for further assistance.
Wow. This from a Governor who actually served in the military after 9/11.
My colleague Roy Temple sums this up quite well:
In other words, "We appreciate your request, Roger, but we don't appreciate it enough to add to a whopping $74.00 to our state's liabilities. Budget's tight, sorry. Thanks again for putting your life on the line every day."
So Roger Studdard, Missouri boy and American military serviceman, is unworthy of a Missouri flag in the Governor's eyes. 'Budget restrictions' kept the Gov from honoring a brave soldier with a simple flag; instead he mailed Roger back an advertisement for companies which sell flags. Almost makes you wonder if Jewell Patek has taken up the flag-sales business.
What a sad statement. Gov. Blunt is so detached from the concept of sacrifice of any sort that he couldn't even bear to give up a C-note out of his budget to recognize a man who has consented to sacrifice his life for us. Too many Blackberries to pay for, I guess.