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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 June 12, 2012/ 22 Sivan, 5772

Out of Touch? Not So Much. Out of Gas? Definitely

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "The private sector is doing fine," President Barack Obama declared Friday at a news conference that was supposed to show that the administration knows how to make the economy stronger.

It was a bad way to end a tough week. Wisconsin voters had rejected a recall of their Republican governor, and Bill Clinton had praised Mitt Romney's business record as "sterling" and called for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts. Then Obama made himself sound like GOP Sen. John McCain, who in September 2008 stink-bombed his election prospects by saying, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong."

Team Romney gleefully jumped on the "doing fine" quote as proof that Obama doesn't appreciate the plight of the unemployed. The campaign produced a video that asked, "Has there ever been a president so out of touch with the middle class?"

Obama was ill-served by 24-hour cable news shows that like to dwell on and distort what politicians say rather than what they do. He was not saying that the economy is hunky-dory.

But in saying that the private sector is doing just fine and citing the corporate sector's "record profits," the president was playing to a frequent far-left gripe -- that the private sector is sitting on cash instead of hiring more workers.

In essence, then, Obama's remarks served as an admission that he cannot do much of anything about the creation of private jobs but can only help government workers laid off as local and state tax revenues dry up.

Chad Stone, chief economist of the nonpartisan but left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, agrees with the president that private-sector employment has grown while a huge drop in public-sector jobs -- some 502,000 -- is "unprecedented." As Stone put it, "the problem is not that the private sector doesn't have the money to expand, but it doesn't have the demand for goods and services. They don't have enough customers." Public-sector jobs mean customers.

Here's the problem. Even if you recognize that public-sector job losses cannot be good for the recovery -- if America indeed still is in a recovery -- you cannot help but notice that the president has given up on the private sector, which bankrolls the public sector.

He won't recognize that Obamacare, with its many mandates, serves as a tax on job creation. He doesn't understand how his calls for balancing the budget on the backs of the affluent might chill investment.

"You're not going to invest not knowing what the tax code is the next year," observed House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy sees a solution to the situation. Clinton and former Obama economic adviser Larry Summers have suggested that Washington extend the Bush tax cuts temporarily in order to prevent a slowdown. "You would have the biggest stimulus with no money being borrowed," McCarthy told me, and the president could promise tax reform next year -- if he's re-elected.

But it won't happen, because Obama puts all his energy not into fixing the economy but into raising campaign funds and blaming Republicans. "The president," McCarthy sighed, "he's done legislating."

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