Letters to the Editor

Due diligence

January 9, 2012


To the editor:

So Sen. Pat Roberts is “hugely disappointed” at Boeing’s announcement that they have no intention of building the next-generation tanker in Wichita and, indeed, are closing that facility in its entirety. Roberts must feel double-crossed, since he obviously believes he was instrumental in getting the successful (and far superior) EADS tanker contract set aside.

I lived and worked in Wichita for many years and was an executive officer for another aviation manufacturer there. It was common knowledge that Boeing intended to close its military-related facility there as soon as it successfully divested itself of the less-rewarding commercial subcontract work, now being done by Spirit AeroSystems.

Note to Gov. Brownback: Throwing truckloads of money and huge tax incentives and subsidies at large corporations (as Boeing has received through the years) does not buy their loyalty. Government contracts are routinely written to require certain work to be done at specific facilities. You and Sen. Roberts can take turns wiping the egg off of the other’s anatomy. And next time, do some due diligence.


cato_the_elder 5 years, 7 months ago

Based on the chronological scenario the letter writer has set out, Sebelius would have to have egg on some part of her anatomy too. Given her time in office compared with how long Brownback has served, it sounds like at least three over easy are in order.

Jeremy DeBoard 5 years, 7 months ago

But adding too much sleaze can make your eggs taste bitter.

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

Let's see, now… who was in Congress (that thing with legislative control over all Defense Department's expenditures) when the tanker deal went down? Senator Sebelius? Congresswoman Sebelius?

No, I guess not.

mloburgio 5 years, 7 months ago

We can never thanks sen. pat enough for what he has done to this country.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): Chairman of the Senate Cover-up Committee

As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-KS) duty is “to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States” and “to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.” But on the most important intelligence issues facing Americans – such as the manipulation of Iraq intelligence, warrantless domestic spying, and torture – Roberts has transformed his committee into a “Senate Coverup Committee” for the Bush administration.

Warrantless Domestic Spying Iraq Intelligence Intelligence Leak Hypocrisy Torture What Editorial Boards Are Saying http://thinkprogress.org/report/roberts-coverup/

lucky_guy 5 years, 7 months ago

Ok so here is the take away. "Note to Gov. Brownback: Throwing truckloads of money and huge tax incentives and subsidies at large corporations (as Boeing has received through the years) does not buy their loyalty. Government contracts are routinely written to require certain work to be done at specific facilities." The problem is Brownie is going to double down. The income tax reduction and property tax increases aren't going to get Big companies to come here, they can go anywhere and get that. The tax reductions, which will become tax increases, will only create more havoc in the state budget. I hope the KS legislature will find a backbone and some sense to stop the craziest proposals at least. Not holding my breath, though.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

Starting in 2003, George W. Bush destroyed the world economy by encouraging U.S. banks to make loans to those who could not afford them, through schemes such as the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative".

Also through the destruction of oversight, such as lawsuits to prevent state securities laws from being enforced on Bush's watch.

Once Bush's policies led to their inevitable result of economic collapse, the United States found itself in a situation where it had to take on debt in order to restore the economy.


westside_lawrence 5 years, 7 months ago

How is your post related to the article? Sounds like a bunch of partisan catchphrases.

westside_lawrence 5 years, 7 months ago

To the author: How is the EADS contract "far superior"? That is too controversial and unsubstantiated. Makes the rest of the argument sound less credible.

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