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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 Feb 17, 2012/ 24 Shevat, 5772

Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you wonder why Americans are increasingly disillusioned about the dysfunction of their government, take a look at President Barack Obama's proposed budget -- an $8.3 trillion nightmare that has no chance of adoption and fails to address most of the nation's pressing problems.

The president's last budget before the November election is a campaign document and nothing else. Absent is any real solution to the runaway entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare. But even more startling is the lack of any realistic effort to lower the national debt except to tax the rich who make more than $250,000 annually by doing away with the Bush era tax cuts.

It simply is not a serious document and does no credit to the young chief executive who overwhelmed voters four years ago with sincere and articulate pledges of change. This budget closely follows the populist theme he has adopted for his effort to win re-election. How sad. Under the circumstances, why does Obama think he deserves it? What has happened to the man who said he would rather be a great president in one term than a bad one in two?

Budget day in this town once was a big deal. The U.S. Government Printing Office used to scramble to produce enough of the weighty tomes to satisfy not only the media but also everyone in government. Poring over it was a tedious must that would produce stories for days to come. It is a far cry from that now, in an atmosphere where no one takes the budget seriously and the real attention is focused on periodically raising the debt limit.

Congress hasn't met its appropriations responsibilities in years, instead funding the republic's operations through a series of continuing resolutions. Yet in the process, the lawmakers, who are more interested in telling us how to live than solving problems, have become full-time dawdlers on the taxpayers' dollars. What a travesty.

Obama's budget, according to the experts, is mainly aimed at enhancing the economic viability of the middle class. That's a hoot. While $250,000 seems like a lot of money, it is in the middle-class range -- at the top, I grant you, but still middle class. At that level, one's taxes are going to rise if the president has his way.

The president wants to lower the debt by $2 trillion over the next 10 years by his tax on the wealthy. At the same time, he would continue the payroll tax holiday, which Republicans apparently have agreed to, and do away with the alternative minimum tax that affects middle-class families.

Do we need a mixture of income tax hikes and spending cuts, including entitlement reform, to substantially lower the national debt? Most certainly we do. But is this a good time to single out one class by dipping into the pockets of those at the lowest end of the 1 percent scale? Probably not.

As for the super rich, who else is available to create the necessary jobs needed to permanently lift us from the continuing economic doldrums? It's a fair question. Those making millions annually are clearly vulnerable, and there are ways of raising the percentage of what they pay to support the nation's business by closing loopholes and readjusting capital gains without reinstating confiscatory rates.

The hitch in all this is that none of the president's potential Republican opponents offers much better. Mitt Romney pays a tax rate of about 15 percent on millions of dollars of income, because most of his annual revenue comes from capital gains. Rick Santorum seems more interested in dictating how we handle our personal lives than anything else. Neither seems to have enlightened us with any innovative notions about how to save the country.

So while the president's budget may be a bust as a realistic plan for repairing our crumbling infrastructure, it may hold out just enough promise to give him the edge in November. It is a sorry way to run a railroad, as my railroading grandfather used to say.

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02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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