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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 28, 2014/ 27 Shevat, 5774

The War on 'Rich' People

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is always in poor taste for modern Americans to liken their ideological critics to Nazis. So when venture capitalist Tom Perkins wrote a letter to The Wall Street Journal that equated "the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich,'" with "fascist Nazi Germany," he opened his double doors to the cable TV umbrage-fest that followed.

I have a teensy bit of advice for Perkins: When your reported worth is somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 billion, you don't need to wrap quotes around the word "rich."

In three paragraphs, Perkins, 82, lambasted the San Francisco Chronicle for "the demonization of the rich" -- this time, "rich" was not in quotes -- and a "rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent."

Perkins cited the paper's coverage of public anger at Google buses and rising real estate prices, as well as "libelous and cruel attacks" on the city's "number-one celebrity," Danielle Steel. (It's sweet of husband No. 5 to stand up for his ex-wife, but I can think of bigger outrages than two Chronicle scribes dishing Steel's big hedge.) He concluded by noting that Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930 and wondering what fresh hell progressive radicalism might unleash on successful Americans.

Perkins' rhetoric was so over the top that his fellow big shots threw him under the Google bus. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers tweeted that its co-founder hasn't been "involved in KPCB in years."

Sam Singer is the San Francisco public relations crisis guru to whom people with money go when they find themselves in a PR pickle. Singer told me that Perkins made a legitimate point about the "open dislike of people who are successful and who have money by certain elements in San Francisco, but he's approached it in a way that diminishes his point of view" and that allows people "to denigrate it or make fun of it."



That is, Perkins equated any criticism of rich people and their shrubbery with a precursor to terror. He doesn't seem to understand the notion of public discourse or give-and-take.

There was a legitimate point behind Perkins' over-the-top rhetoric, I think. When protesters swarm around Google buses in an attempt to intimidate tech commuters, it may not be a Rosa Parks moment, but it does reveal the ugly underbelly of class envy.

It's magical thinking to believe that low-income families' problems could be solved if only affluent earners made less money. When Democrats go after what they call income inequality, they often push for policies that end up pinching the U.S. economy.

Perkins might have written: Demonize tech money and it just could move to a place where it's welcome. Go too far with these soak-the-super-rich policies and you can kiss our tax dollars and jobs goodbye.

Instead, he launched on a rant that focused on the cheek of San Franciscans who complain about the downside of The Special City's embarrassment of riches. He wasn't railing against bad economic policy. He's angry that people don't love the super-rich. He wants the peasants to applaud while the royal coach speeds away.

Perkins might want to ask the help to needlepoint a sampler of this famous Michel de Montaigne quotation: "No man is a hero to his valet."

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