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Otto: All you need is a little love, Jeb

It’s not likely Jeb Bush made too many points this week with his “a little love” defense of illegal immigration. Not that it is going to make much difference if he officially decides he wants to become the next president of the United States, which he does.

Think about it for a minute. What if any Democrat had stood up last Sunday and said, “The way I look at this — and I’m going to say this, and it’ll be on tape, so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally. They came to our country because their families — the dad who loved their children — was worried that their children didn’t have any food on the table. ... Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. ... I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime, that there should be a price paid but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”

Yet when the air cleared and the pontificators finished pontificating, there was Jeb, still the guy the GOP wants as the man to beat Hillary.

Jeb Bush has a lot of baggage, particularly in Florida, where his image as an education reformer and other issues don’t carry the same weight they might elsewhere, but he is clearly setting the stage for a campaign later this year, not only for a run for himself but the return of some semblance of balance to the Republican Party.

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Speaking of politicians on a roll, our own semi-beloved Mayor Bob Buckhorn is moving up the charts with the news he is hosting a “Mac and Cheese Throwdown” at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 9. Mac and cheese is one of the basic food groups. It is one of those delicacies that made America great.

My own personal preference is for it to be creamy with a few jalapenos tossed in, and maybe even a little bacon.

The mayor could use a little coordinating. On Friday, May 2, there will be the “Best Hamburger Around” contest, also at Curtis Hixon. Wouldn’t you think we ought to get those two together?

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Need to get some of your comments from an overloaded mailbag. That happens when the column drifts into either guns or Obamacare. This week it was guns, so most of the responses need too much editing.

In fact, I’ll just give you one, this from a Max Bouknecht, who wrote in, “Whether Mr. Otto realizes it or not, his editorial is not a statement for or against gun laws. It is a statement on our culture, which is in a serious state of decline.”

Mr. Bouknecht wins this week’s prize.

There was also a hefty amount of comment on a column that had some fun with climate change, which apparently is no laughing matter.

David Wells of Tampa writes, “I’m guessing that you’ll get more hostile feedback on this one than normal. Global Warming Alarmists (or Warmthers) really do take it personally when you signal that you don’t ‘believe’ in global warming. I’d be real interested in a follow-up detailing the hostile feedback you get from the column.”

Well Dave, typical was this from John Ricciardi. “I have enjoyed your column for many years. This morning I was ‘befuddled.’ I read it four times and am not sure if you wrote this to mock global warming experts or those who debunk such science?

“The science is clear. There is more CO2 in the air than ever before, the seas are warming, coral reefs are dying, glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising. For those who don’t believe this science I guess they are still smoking, not exercising and hoping we have more air and water pollution.”

For the record, I believe understanding and acting on climate change is a global and national challenge that must be addressed now or it won’t be long before we all have waterfront property.

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