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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 17, 2012/ 25 Nissan, 5772

They Shoot Rich Guys, Don't They?

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama calls his proposed tax on millionaires the "Buffett rule," based on financier Warren Buffett's claim that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Obama claims that the "Buffett rule" asks millionaires to "do their fair share" by paying the same income tax rate that middle-class families pay.

Despite a sluggish recovery and depressing job creation numbers, the president isn't pushing for policies that would stimulate the economy and create jobs; he's focusing on keeping his own job. On Monday, the Senate voted 51-45 -- shy of the 60 votes needed -- on a version of the "Buffett rule."

FactCheck.org looked into the "Buffett rule" and took Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to task for leaving the "false impression that many, if not most, millionaires (people who earn $1 million or more a year) are paying a lower tax rate than the middle class. The fact is that even without the Buffett Rule, 'more than 99 percent of millionaires will pay' a higher tax rate than those in the very middle of the income range in fiscal year 2015, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center."

Tax Policy Center budget guru Roberton Williams figured that middle-class families pay about 15 percent of their income on taxes, whereas the average $1 million earner pays 24 percent in taxes.

So why is Obama pushing to raise millionaires' tax rate to a minimum of 30 percent -- that is, double the middle-class tax rate -- in the name of fairness? A CNN poll shows that 72 percent of Americans think the "Buffett rule" is dandy. As Scott A. Hodge, president of the Washington-based Tax Foundation, observed Monday, if the president suggested Americans tax Canadians to balance the budget, that probably would poll well, too.

Americans love taxes that other people pay.

What's the matter with taxing millionaires? Hodge watches the White House and hears rhetoric that "has had a chilling effect on economic activity."

By pushing for a millionaires tax with no reforms attached, the White House has sent a message that whenever Washington overspends, the political class will squeeze the rich.

Hodge notes that while 237,000 millionaires paid 20 percent of income taxes in 2009, some 58 million filers paid payroll taxes but no federal income taxes at all. (Most earned less than $50,000.) That's 41 percent of income tax filers, "the largest share of nonpayers since World War II."

Personally, I could accept a deficit reduction package that increased revenue, flattened tax rates, shaved loopholes and reformed entitlement spending -- along the lines of a draft presented by the Simpson-Bowles commission, created by, and then ignored by, the president. Reforms should stimulate the economy.

But the "Buffett rule" represents the exact opposite of Simpson-Bowles. By talking as if America could balance its books by squeezing the rich, Obama is pushing the notion of what Hodge called "free government" -- unrestrained entitlement spending, fewer taxpayers and a bigger bite on working families. In the "Buffett rule" world, a large chunk of voters know that no matter how big government grows, they won't have to pay for it.

It's not fair. It's not in the best interests of the country. It's just good politics, in the worst sense.

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