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Sunday, Jan 25, 2015

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

Obama’s fact-challenged, graceless SOTU; of course lefties loved it

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The best thing that can be said for President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address is that it’s over.

Seven down, a blessed one to go.

The latest was an exercise in tedium wrapped in delusion topped with snark, with a side dish of subterfuge. Remember the plucky Rebekah Erler, Michelle Obama’s guest and proof that the administration’s policies were spreading rewards? Yeah. Good times. It seems Erler was a Democratic operative before she personified the passing of the “shadow of crisis.” Not that the president’s palace guards in the mainstream media rushed to report this inconvenient connection.

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Obama’s ‘struggling mom’ was Democratic operative

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By Tom Jackson

Regarding Rebekah Erler, First Lady Michelle Obama’s guest and the introductory human prop referenced in President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union speech, it seems even White House speech writers are not immune to the story-too-good-to-be-checked-out syndrome.

OK, that’s not entirely true. Obama’s communicators surely were acutely aware of what they were conspiring to perpetrate on the American public; they simply were hoping we wouldn’t find out. Well. Mission blown.

While no one can gainsay Ms. Erler and her construction-worker husband weren’t among those savagely whipsawed by the Great Recession, the idea that her story, described in a letter sent last March, emerged from millions of similar tales to be the one that captured the president’s heart was debunked within hours of her appearance in Mrs. Obama’s box.

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‘Deflatriots’ should lose Super Bowl berth

Published:   |   Updated: January 22, 2015 at 07:56 AM
By Tom Jackson

They played one of the three most important professional football games of the season in Foxboro, Mass., Sunday, and despite what others are saying, all that matters just now is this: There is strong evidence the home team cheated.

Everything else is garnish. The New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts by 38 points, and it wasn’t even that close. The Colts were outmanned, out-coached and outplayed. Irrelevancies, all, if the suspicions are correct.

On a raw, rainy night that made gripping the ball problematic, 11 of the 12 balls provided by the Patriots for their offense were under-inflated by about two pounds. Does that matter? Having tossed representative samples of each to a crew member on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino declared, “It seems like you could throw it a little better, maybe, if it’s deflated a little.”

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Obama’s graceless SOTU; of course lefties loved it

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By Tom Jackson

The best thing that can be said for President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address is that it’s over.

Seven down, a blessed one to go.

The latest was an exercise in tedium wrapped in delusion topped with snark. Naturally, it earned praise from lefties as one of his best, possibly because Obama at last feels free to indulge his least responsible progressive impulses (you might have heard he has no more campaigns to wage); possibly because he gave scant indication that he was aware of, or cared the first thing about, November’s election results; and possibly because he harked to the halcyon days when he was a fresh blank slate on which a critical mass of Americans could write their aspirations.

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Adventures in ‘free’ government stuff

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By Tom Jackson

A tweet from @chartsandmaps led The Right Stuff to an illustration that, anticipating President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union speech, is so fascinating and instructive it borders on being revelatory.

According to the Pew Research Center’s “Chart of the Week” from May 2, 2014 — originally published by the New York Times, the prices of things generally outside the realm of government subsidies — housing, personal care, electronics, toys, clothing, new and used vehicles — have gone down, in some cases sharply, since 2005.

What’s gone up over the same span? Child care, health care, food and, curiously, vehicle maintenance each edged up between 5 and 15 percent. With one outstanding exception, the price of each is influenced one way or another by influence from Washington.

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Weatherford’s new role prickles with intrigue

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By Tom Jackson

Will Weatherford dropped the first shoe of his post-Legislature life Tuesday. The former Florida House of Representatives speaker has formed a consulting business with two of his brothers, Drew and Sam. They’re calling it, appropriately, Weatherford Partners.

Based in Tampa, the firm will offer direct “capital investment and strategic business advisory services with [a] Florida focus,” according to a release, with Will, the Weatherford family’s senior brother, as managing partner.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with my brothers, Sam and Drew, to launch this exciting business,” Will said. “We share the same values, goals, and faith. It’s a natural fit, and one I know will be a successful and lasting partnership.”

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Obama’s SOTU: DOA, or political thriller with sinister subplots?

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By Tom Jackson

Tuesday night, President Obama will deliver his penultimate State of the Union speech, the run-up to which has been hyped more than a sackful of AFC Championship Game footballs. Also, like Deflate-Gate, there might be less here than meets the tire gauge.

As U.S. Rep. David Jolly, the Indian Shores Republican, told “Varney & Co.” viewers Monday morning, Obama’s “typical-agenda, class-warfare” SOTU won’t just be dead on arrival, it “won’t even be a story a week from now.”

So, the GOP agenda proceeds in a rout? Hold that thought.

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Sanders’ Keystone amendment heats up progressive wackiness

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By Tom Jackson

The early days of the Republican-controlled 114th Congress are reminding America that there’s nothing quite as funny as out-of-power Democrats. Case in point: Sen. Bernie Sanders’ — not a Democrat, technically, but a devoted leftist — attempt to amend the Keystone XL pipeline bill with a massive donation to the Church of Climate Change Hysteria.

The only thing wackier than Sanders’ amendment is Democrats’ conviction that having to vote on it exposes Republicans to some sort of nightmare choice. Vote against it, so the lefty delusion goes, they reveal their knuckle-dragging anti-science ignorance. Vote for it, they alienate their anti-science fundamentalist throwback base.

Oh, puh-leeze.

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GOP will — and must — look beyond Romney 3.0

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By Tom Jackson

When it comes to potential U.S. presidents, Mitt Romney is the guy from central casting. He has everything you’re looking for: hair, teeth, gleam in the eye. The guy is a walking GQ cover. He could give the Empire State Building lessons on standing upright. He could have instructed George Washington on looking the part.

But if the last six years have taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t pick presidents based on appearances. Here again, Romney measures up with a 40-year record of achievement in government and the private sector, including an eye-popping rescue of the scandal-rocked 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Indeed, of all the people mentioned as possible successors to Barack Obama, Romney, arguably, has the best credentials, even if he did give us Jonathan Gruber.

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Obama didn’t need to be there, but somebody did

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By Tom Jackson

With all due respect to those alarmed over President Obama having stiffed the world at Sunday’s “Je Suis Charlie” 3.7-million-person rally in Paris, here’s a thought: Simmer down.

Whether it’s getting from the White House to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue or an “unscheduled” pop-in on the troops in Afghanistan, moving the president of the United States requires massive logistical coordination. And while it’s plainly not beyond our security forces’ capabilities to pull off such things at a moment’s notice, can’t we cut the guy at least a little slack?

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