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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 April 15, 2011 11 Nissan, 5771

Obama to Soak Rich and Please Dems

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama gave a terrific re-election speech Wednesday. It wasn't billed as that. It was supposed to be a number-packed speech about budgeting and spending, and all manner of fiscal gobbledygook.

Instead, it turned out to be a speech in which the president told liberals he still shared their goals and Democrats he was still one of them.

Liberals have been worried about Obama for quite some time. In the past, he gave up on a single-payer health care system and agreed to continue tax breaks for the wealthy.

And as for Democrats as a whole, his private polling probably showed him what an Ipsos poll revealed this week: Some 69 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track, a jump of 5 percentage points since March, and the worst figure of his presidency.

And what caused it? "The drop in Obama's approval rating was largely driven by a sharp downturn in approval from his fellow Democrats, whose support dropped 7 percentage points to 73 percent," the poll stated.

Now 73 percent might sound like a strong number, but when fewer than three out of four Democrats approve of a Democratic president, there could be real trouble on the horizon.

But Wednesday, President Obama sought to soothe, calm and fire up the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party all at the same time.

He pledged to defend Democratic principles while cutting the deficit $4 trillion over the next 12 years. How? Well, largely by soaking the rich, who are going to have to pay more taxes. Which is music to Democratic ears.

"It is a basic reflection of our belief that those who have benefited most from our way of life can afford to give a bit more back," Obama said. "To meet our fiscal challenge, we will need to make reforms. We will all need to make sacrifices. But we do not have to sacrifice the America we believe in. And as long as I'm president, we won't."

Instead, the rich are going to have to get — a little — poorer.

"In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90 percent of all working Americans actually declined. Meanwhile, the top 1 percent saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each. That's who needs to pay less taxes?" Obama said. "That's not right, and it's not going to happen as long as I'm president!"

That line drew the only applause of his approximately 40-minute speech at The George Washington University.

Obama also attacked Republican plans to "privatize" Medicare through a voucher system and turn Medicaid over to the states in a block-grant system.

"I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry," he said. "I will not tell families with children who have disabilities that they have to fend for themselves. We will reform these programs, but we will not abandon the fundamental commitment this country has kept for generations."

Which is exactly what Democrats wanted to hear. They want to hear a Democratic president say he is going to stand up on his hind legs and fight.

"We cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society," Obama said. "And I refuse to renew them again!"

And the rich aren't even going to mind it that much.

"I believe that most wealthy Americans would agree with me," Obama said. "They want to give back to the country that's done so much for them. Washington just hasn't asked them to."

Well, Washington is asking them now.

The speech did have facts and figures, of course. Obama spoke of "$2 trillion in spending cuts across the budget. It will lower our interest payments on the debt by $1 trillion. It calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion in spending from the tax code."

Do you find numbers as huge as a trillion hard to grasp? I do. So here's some help:

A million seconds is 12 days. A billion seconds is 31 years. A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.

Suddenly, a trillion is looking a little larger, isn't it?

And according to author David M. Schwartz, if you wanted to count out loud to a trillion — you would have to pronounce some very long numbers along the way — it would take you six trillion seconds, or 190,259 years. So get started.

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