- - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In last State of the Union address President Obama tried hard through obfuscation, omission and exaggeration to cast his accomplishments in a shining light — but he essentially failed objective fact-checking scrutiny. Not mentioned during his speech, however, was one outstanding success: The Obama-administration decision to sideline sclerotic NASA by opening up space exploration to private enterprise has been an unequivocal success.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 recently engaged in an unprecedented rocketry tour de force by lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., boosting to orbit 11 satellites and returning its first-stage booster back to Cape Canaveral for a picture-perfect, retro-rocket soft landing. With Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket just a step behind, we see clearly that the magic of competitive, free-market capitalism is revolutionizing space exploration by dramatically reducing launch costs, thereby opening vast new horizons to space exploration.

But there no mention of this by Mr. Obama in his State of the Union. Why? Because his administration eschewed free-market capitalism to give us socialist-, regulation- and bureaucracy-laden Obamacare. The incongruity of these glaringly contrasting ideological policies would have been too difficult and embarrassing to explain to the American people — and understandably so.

ANDY LOGAR

Santa Rosa, Calif.



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