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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 30, 2012/ 8 Iyar, 5772

Why does Obama want a second term?

By Robert Robb


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Does Barack Obama really want to be re-elected president?

I am being only partly facetious in asking.

At a personal level, it is clear that Obama does want to be re-elected -- really, really badly.

He is campaigning vigorously. And he is campaigning aggressively.

Gone is the Obama of the New Politics, the post-partisan politician. In is Obama the bare-knuckled partisan brawler.

Republicans aren't people with different ideas who need to be worked with to achieve consensus. According to Obama the stump-speaker, Republicans are snakes in the grass that will bite you if you aren't rich.

So, Obama really wants to keep the job. But to do what?

When Obama first ran in 2008, he had an ambitious and comprehensive agenda. He wanted to stimulate the economy with government spending and substantially increase the regulation of financial markets. He wanted to enact universal health care and midwife a transition to a green-energy economy.

In foreign policy, he wanted to unwind the war in Iraq and win the war in Afghanistan. He wanted to make American leadership in the world welcomed by subtler diplomacy, more understanding of other countries and cultures and being a better world citizen.

So, what does Obama want to do if given a second term?

He wants to increase taxes on the rich and oil companies. Let's assume that gets done, that every tax increase Obama has proposed gets enacted. The federal government will still have an annual deficit of nearly $1 trillion and accumulated debt in excess of 100 percent of GDP. What does Obama propose to do about that?

On foreign policy, what's Obama's second-term agenda other than a reversion to George H.W. Bush's approach of just handling things as they land in the in-box? In the first term, he has hinted at an agenda of sharp reductions in nuclear weapons. Shouldn't the American people be given some clue as to what he has in mind before voting in November?

There was a revealing moment this week, when the Social Security and Medicare trustees issued their sobering annual report, making clear the pressing need for reform. Social Security benefits are already exceeding payroll taxes dedicated to pay for them. Medicare hospitalization payouts have exceeded dedicated payroll taxes since 2008. The general treasury paid over $400 billion for the two programs last year, and the cost will rapidly increase as the ratio of workers to retirees continues to shrink.

So, what was the Obama administration's response to this report? It attacked Mitt Romney.

Romney, you see, has actually proposed to do something about Social Security and Medicare's finances. He proposes to increase the Social Security retirement age and reduce inflation increases for more affluent beneficiaries. He proposes a premium-support system for Medicare, with subsidies a function of income.

Obama has proposed nothing on Social Security. His health-care bill claims huge savings through reducing Medicare reimbursements to providers. Here's what the trustees' report says about that: "(S)ustaining these payment reductions indefinitely will require unprecedented efficiency-enhancing innovations in health-care payment and delivery systems that are by no means certain."

The majority of the trustees are Obama appointees. And even they are saying that the only thing he has proposed on Medicare is a fantasy.

The question, why do you want to be president, is considered a threshold test for new aspirants. Ted Kennedy famously fumbled it and seriously damaged his prospects in 1980.

It is rarely asked of an incumbent seeking re-election because the answer is usually self-evident. In Obama's case, it isn't.

Someone should ask him the question. The answer would be interesting.

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