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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 27, 2012/ 3 Shevat, 5772

Obama is like an Italian ship captain

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama reminded you of the captain of the Italian cruise ship that took a deadly dive. This seafarer keeps making up weird tales to justify his actions. Those rocks he crashed into? That was to avoid sinking. And he didn't abandon ship. He fell into that lifeboat.

Obama provides similar sleight of hand when he tells about helping to rescue the economy by such maneuvers as putting a 2009 tariff on Chinese tires.

"Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires," he said. The arithmetic must have been done in the dark. The tariff actually hurt small businesses that sold the low-price, low-quality tires that jumped from $39 to $69, according to a Wall Street Journal article. Whatever the reasons for American tire companies to increase employment a couple of percentage points, it had little if anything to do with less Chinese competition. These American firms make mostly premium tires.

Nevertheless, one tire dealer is quoted as saying that the firms used the tariff as an excuse to hike their own prices. The Chinese, meanwhile, retaliated with higher tariffs on various U.S. exports. At the end of the day, Obama had mainly cost consumers money. There could have been a net job loss, too.

The president also swelled his chest over oil imports being down, but they are down at least in part because of a bad economy that leads to less driving. Obama, meanwhile, thought it useful to say nay to a perfectly harmless, job-producing oil pipeline that could be part of an energy boom.

You might also look at how administration goons sought criminal punishments against North Dakota oil companies for the accidental deaths of seven birds. A judge threw out the case, asking in effect, "Are you kidding me?" Sadly, the administration seems very serious about ruining our energy future whatever absurdity it takes.

Obama also said he had made everything hunky-dory in Afghanistan and Iraq. He hasn't. Just watch.

He said he has given us fewer border crossings by illegal immigrants, and there's some truth to that: Mexicans aren't so eager to come to an economy he has been so inept at helping to recover.

He thinks he made General Motors the top auto producer in the world, but that's true only if he arranged the tsunami that crippled Japanese competition. He said the economy has been creating new jobs, and it has. But we have something like 5 million or 6 million fewer than before the recession.

Our leader told us the world stands as one in stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. What? China and Russia are no longer part of the world? He said we can use money from ending wars to build infrastructure. All our withdrawal will accomplish fiscally is slower debt accumulation.

He barely mentioned his health-care plan, except to say it was private, not public. Half of it is Medicaid and the other half is ridden with government mandates. Though advising us about silly regulations in his speech, many of Obama's have been expensive, hard-hitting, wrongheaded abuses that shred liberty and thwart prosperity.

The main fault of his address, in addition to being a target-rich document for fact checkers whose own facts seemed to me pretty much right this time out, is that it virtually ignored the overriding domestic issue -- our nation's debt danger.

To get there, we had to wait for a televised rebuttal from Mitch Daniels, the Republican governor of Indiana, who had the honesty to address Medicare and Social Security, two crucial programs that will nevertheless ruin us and fail to survive themselves if not reformed.

There is this to be said about Obama's speech, however. It was well-delivered. That Italian ship captain might want to make use of his teleprompter techniques.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:


01/25/12: Newt Gingrich's first 100 days
01/20/12: Obama's Keystone pipeline lies
01/18/12: Critics worse than urinating Marines
01/13/12: Ron Paul is a cartoonish character
01/11/12: Newt Gingrich upset by Mitt Romney's brilliance
01/09/12: How about regulating presidents, too?
01/04/12: How America smothers itself
12/30/11: A tax break that helps break the nation
12/28/11: Watch out for the banana peel, Newt
12/21/11: A tale of two men
12/16/11: Strange happenings in Russia
12/14/11: Tim Tebow is a man of character
12/09/11: A populist, envy-mongering fraud divisively exacerbating resentment among different groups of Americans
12/07/11: Tax games threaten nation
12/05/11: Why Wal-Mart serves us better than Barney Frank
11/30/11: Not writing off Newt
11/28/11: Answers to the Iranian threat
11/23/11: Failure of the incumbency investment
11/18/11: Occupiers: Chop off their heads!
11/16/11: Obama asks jobless to sacrifice
11/09/11: Michael Moore's insufferable occupation
11/04/11: Political tipping point is coming
11/02/11: Idealogues versus 7 billion
10/28/11: Obama games on student loans
10/26/11: Wit and quick moves v. humanity and thoroughgoing honesty? It's no contest —- or at least shouldn't be
10/07/11: Baptists, bootleggers and Wall Street protesters
10/05/11: Federal law will get you even if you watch out
09/28/11: Leftist bugbears on the march
09/23/11: Still hope for coal to help us
09/21/11: Obama's Madoff ploy
09/19/11: U.S. can't afford to wait until it happens
09/14/11: Defending -- and strengthening -- gung ho collectivism
09/12/11: A pipeline to better times
09/08/11: Obama just keeps destroying jobs
09/06/11: Ultra-feminists thwarting justice
08/31/11: Corporations are people? Yes, Count the ways
08/26/11: What an earthquake tells us about debt
08/25/11: The tyranny of scientific consensus
08/23/11: Fracking hardly a public health threat
08/17/11: Why Obamacare won't control births
08/15/11: Balanced budget amendment unbalanced idea
08/10/11: Kerry's war on citizen speech
08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers
08/03/11: The people who may save America
07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ
07/27/11: The threat behind the debt
07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing
07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse
07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling
07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly
07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?
07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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