Opening Act: Moore, OK

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May 21 2013 8:32 AM

Opening Act: Moore, OK

Piles of debris lie around the northeast corner of Plaza Towers Elementary school after it was damaged by a tornado on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.

Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

With the nation's eyes on Oklahoma, sooner or later people will need to remember that Washington handles the money for the response. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has consistently asked for disaster relief to be be paid for with cuts from other lines of the budget. Progressives (led, oddly enough, by BusinessWeek) used Hurricane Sandy to argue for new seriousness on climate change, and they'll eventually do the same for Oklahoma. Count me out of the sanctimonious whining about the shame of "politicizing" disasters. Reporters are paid to be clear-minded about this stuff, not to tweet the lastest numbers of the dead and wag their chins thoughtfully.

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