The Norman Transcript

Opinion

October 10, 2013

Stand up to the Tea Party

NORMAN — Dear Tom Cole,

I read your letter in The Norman Transcript today and was sorely disappointed. The opening paragraph claims that you believe that linking debate about the Affordable Care Act to the budget bill is fruitless. You said it was “sure to fail.”

I agree with you on this. So, then, why did you go along with this strategy in the first place, and why do you apparently still support it?

Not only do you continue to vote for this futile endeavor, you disingenuously blame the president and the Senate Democrats for not wanting to compromise. Can you really be serious?

In the first place, what does the word “compromise” mean to you, Mr. Cole? Asking for compromise under circumstances in which you manufacture a crisis and try to bully the other side into concessions is a gross misuse of the term. George Orwell called it Newspeak.

In the second place, don’t tell us that the Democrats are unwilling to compromise. You yourself stated that they already have — seven times, in fact. Look at that. When you work within the regular process, you can actually get people to listen to you.

You claim that the president is attempting a “raw power grab,” but that is just untrue and you know it. The ones who are obsessed with raw power are those members of the Tea Party who are willing to destroy things to advance their careers.

To extract yourselves from this mess, you are going to have to be honest as well as courageous. If you really do agree with what you said in your first sentence, then you must stop blaming others for your mistakes. This is not Obama’s fault. The crisis was engineered by right-wing operatives, and too many of you miscalculated and supported them.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • Top honors for NPS

    Top honors keep rolling in for both of Norman’s high schools. The district learned this past week that Norman High School and Norman North High School have been recognized as two of the most rigorous high schools in the country and in the ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Wind power bursting

    There are a few wind generators dotting the Norman skyline, but western and northwestern Oklahoma makes up for the deficit here. An industry group this week said Oklahoma ranks fourth nationally in the amount of wind-generated ...

    April 16, 2014

  • First, do no harm — to your bank account

    After being sued by the Wall Street Journal, the government finally released its Medicare reimbursement data last week. It included the less-than-stunning revelation that 28 of the 100 doctors who received the largest payments in 2012 were ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Reading between the lines

    Reading is such an improbable idea — a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading — and ...

    April 15, 2014

  • CCFI tackling area’s child abuse problem

    Editor, The Transcript: To those of you who are reading this editorial, I assume you care or at least are entertained by the opinions of others. It is my hope and desire that when you read this editorial, you will care about the facts. ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Protect your home from wildfires

    To most people, fuel is what you put into your gas tank. To firefighters, it means something altogether different. To people who make a living putting out fires, fuel is that material that feeds wildfires — and there is an abundance of it ...

    April 12, 2014

  • League of Women Voters meeting

    Editor, The Transcript: On Saturday, May 10, the Norman League of Women Voters will hold its annual meeting at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 24th Ave. SW, Norman, OK, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm....

    April 12, 2014

  • Does Oklahoma need advice from Texas?

    Does Texas have a lock on “brilliant minds”? The names of Texans like Congressman Louie Gomert, Sen. Ted Cruz and that other guy ... I can’t think of his name ... oh yeah, Rick Perry come to mind very quickly. Add to that infamous list ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Why Comcast-Time Warner deal makes sense

    Say this about the deal announced Thursday for Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable: It’s big. Big price tag of $45 billion. Big combined subscriber base of 30 million households. And big risk of a veto from government antitrust regulators....

    April 12, 2014

  • Solid evidence within ice record

    In his November 10 Letter, Gary Reynolds misstated information in the October 27 op-ed by Catherine Hobbs, “New report says global warming is “unequivocal.” Mr. Reynolds incorrectly stated that Dr. Hobbs cited evidence from the 2007 UN ...

    April 12, 2014

Video
Facebook