The description “forked tongue” comes from the highest of authentic sources. The western movie, aka the oater. It is a saying attributed to the American Indian when speaking of the White man. In White man’s talk it means “speaking out of both sides of your mouth.” It is all gibberish for saying one thing and meaning another.
We out here in the “independent” Wild West of Arizona don’t need the federal government for anything. We’re pioneer stock. That’s the talk from one side of the mouth anyway from our super-conservative legislature.
But just the other day wasn’t it our Republican governor, Jan Brewer, begging for federal dollars to alleviate damages caused by the Yarnell Hill Fire last June? She’s instructed state officials to build up evidence, make a case, for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the much-reviled FEMA, which has already turned Brewer down once.
Even worse, Republicans state-wide voiced outrage of FEMA’s rejection.
This is why the Indians got it right. White men, particularly Republicans in the West speakth with forked tongues. These right-wingers want their Tea-Party base to think they hate the feds. But they want the fed dollars even more.