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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 2, 2012/ 10 Nissan 5772

Must-haves that few want: Dem decision forces taxpayers to become tabpayers

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 2007, Congress voted to ban all incandescent lightbulbs by 2014. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a $10 million prize for the manufacturer who could create a "green" substitute at prices "affordable to American families."

The winner was announced in August. Philip's "affordable" 60-watt bulb sells for $50. "I don't want to say it's exorbitant, but if a customer is only looking at the price, they could come to that conclusion," Brad Paulsen, who buys lightbulbs for Home Depot, told Peter Whoriskey of the Washington Post.

Home Depot sells a package of 16 60-watt incandescents for $2.97. It sells "Eco-Smart" bulbs made by other manufacturers for half the price of the Philips bulb.

If Secretary Chu's concept of "affordable" stretches the bounds of credulity when it comes to lightbulbs, it leaps far beyond them on electric cars.

Consumer Reports tried to take Fisker Automotive's Karma, a sedan with a price tag north of $100,000, for a spin.

"We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undrivable before it has finished our check-in process," Consumer Reports said last week (3/7).

"At least it can go from zero to $529 million in stimulus dollars in nothing flat," said Investors Business Daily.

The Department of Energy also subsidized production of another Fisker model, to be more modestly priced at about $50,000. But it won't be available until next year. Or maybe ever. Fisker replaced its CEO and announced layoffs last month, but denied rumors of impending bankruptcy.

At least the Karma's "battery didn't catch fire, which is what happened with the Chevy Volt in crash tests," Investors Business Daily said.

The Volt is "the car of the future," President Barack Obama said. But Edward Niedermeier, who edits the "Truth About Cars" Web site, called it "the electric lemon." "Quantifying just how much taxpayer money will have been wasted... is no easy feat," he said. "Start with the $50 billion bailout (of General Motors), add $240 million in Energy Department grants doled out to G.M. last summer, $150 million in federal money to the Volt's Korean battery supplier, up to $1.5 billion in tax breaks for purchasers and other consumer incentives, and some significant portion of the $14 billion loan G.M. got in 2008 for "retooling" its plants, and you've got some idea of how much taxpayer cash is built into every Volt."

Mr. Niedermeier wrote that in July, 2010. Volt subsidies now total nearly $250,000 per vehicle, according to a study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

That's because only 7,671 Volts were sold last year; just 1,626 this year before General Motors suspended production until it figures out how to "align production with demand."

That may take a while. Fleet purchases by government agencies -- another disguised subsidy -- bolstered the Volt's dismal sales figures. Very few consumers bought them. The Volt is, essentially, an electric version of the Chevy Cruze, a compact with an MSRP of $16,800. The Volt costs nearly twice as much -- even after the $7,500 tax credit for purchasers of electric cars is factored in -- and has only about half the trunk space.

"No one is going to pay a $15,000 premium for a car that competes with a (Toyota) Corolla," predicted Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi in North America, in 2009.

"There are not enough idiots who will buy it."

He was right. The Ford Edsel, considered, until now, the biggest automobile flop ever, sold 63,000 units without benefit of a government subsidy.

Mr. Obama's "cash for clunkers" program took perfectly functional cars off the road, at a cost to taxpayers of about $24,000 per new car sold to replace them.

"We now have the government producing dysfunctional cars most people can't afford and don't want," Investors Business Daily said.

The average household income of Volt buyers is $170,000. We shouldn't be taxed to subsidize vanity purchases by the foolish rich. But Mr. Obama plans to stick it to taxpayers again, by increasing to $10,000 the tax credit for purchase of electric cars, and adding new subsidies.

That's throwing good money after bad. But it's our money Mr. Obama is wasting, and since most of the subsidies go to his supporters, he thinks it's been put to good use.

When Democrats buy votes, price is no object.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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