The Norman Transcript


February 17, 2012

How can you overlook actions?

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I’d let the disjointed letter from Mary Francis of “Some Things Considered” fame slide, but Betty Standifer’s multiple “shames” finally prodded me into action.

How can she say a whistleblower exposing poorly made pipes caused the president to disapprove the Keystone pipeline project, when everyone knows it was Mary Francis on the picket line that turned the tide? Nothing political at all. Nothing to do with playing both sides against each other until after the election, while telling Canada to go pound salt. (Nothing about Soros’ company potentially profiting ... sorry, that’s just a rumor.)

Moving past her list of Congress people to contact, we get to Obama’s political State of the Union address asking Congress, tongue in cheek, to pass a bill paying companies to remain in the U.S. Essentially, that would mean tax dollars used to subsidize union wages.

I think, when Betty mentioned the part about Obama saying, “Stop paying those who choose to leave the country,” she didn’t realize the president was merely toying with her emotions. Perhaps she forgot Obama’s recent appointment of a “jobs czar,” the leader of a company called G.E. Lots of photo ops — I don’t know how she missed it. You know, G.E. — the company that pays no taxes, closed the plant in Wisconsin, laid everybody off and moved the jobs to China.

With apologies to Bruce, I think he missed in his comparison of Obama to the captain of the Costa Concordia — it should have been the Andrea Doria.

Bill Logan


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