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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 July 27, 2009 / 6 Menachem-Av 5769

Obama Unfair to the Rich

By Mitch Albom






http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In explaining why it was OK to sock a new 5.4 percent tax on the highest earners in this country — to pay for health care reform — President Obama's press secretary. Robert Gibbs, said this:


"The President believes that the richest 1 percent of this country has had a pretty good run of it for many, many, many years."


Ah. So that's it. The old "You've had it good enough for long enough" policy. That's why a family earning a million dollars a year should now cough up $54,000 of that — in addition to all the other taxes it pays — to cover health care for people who may not pay a penny of new tax themselves.


Because, after all, those rich folks have had a pretty good run of it.


Now, it is not that I don't think we need health care reform. We do. It is not that the rich should not pay fair taxes. They should.


But to justify a grossly overweighted tax by saying "You people have had it good long enough" is to engage in the worst and most destructive form of politics: class warfare.


By making a snarky comment like that, Gibbs suggests that the top 1 percent are a bunch of Bernie Madoffs, that they've been scheming their way to riches, evading the system, hiding their money in complicated off-shore deals. You know — wink, wink — they've had it "pretty good."


This is every bit as insulting as saying all poor people are lazy welfare cheats. Imagine the uproar if he'd said that. What's the difference?


Both are dangerous lies.

ONE NATION, TAXES FOR ALL
For a moment, let's take Gibbs and Obama at their words. "A pretty good run of it for many, many, many years." OK. In what way? Did those people earn their money? Yes. Did they work for it? Yes. So in that regard they are no different than a schoolteacher or postal worker. They worked, they got paid.


Presumably, then — unless he's suggesting they're all crooks — when Gibbs says "a pretty good run of it" he means in taxes. Hmm. Let's see. Those high income earners currently shell out around 35 percent in income taxes, the highest rate, plus state income taxes, local income taxes, property and other taxes that likely chew up between 45 and 50 percent of their money. If Obama's tax-related plans all go through, it could, for some, approach 60 percent.


How is that a "pretty good run?" It's clearly a bigger chunk than poor people pay. In fact, those evil, scheming, one-percenters pay about 40 percent of all income tax in this country.


So if they've had a pretty good run, so has the other 99 percent of the country that's been using their money.


Look. It would be one thing if we had a flat tax in the U.S, or if you could shelter your income or hide it offshore. But most wealth experts will tell you tax shelters for individuals are long gone, and offshore is a corporate trick that is rapidly disappearing.


For the most part, if you earn a lot of money in America today, you have to pay your taxes on it. Capital gains are taxed at a lower rate, but in most cases, before you have money to buy and sit on stocks, you have to earn it and therefore pay taxes on it.

MORE THAN WORDS
On the other hand, would you tell people who pay no taxes that they've had a pretty good run? Would you say it to people who never really look for work, who don't bother in school, who look for ways to live off the state?


Yet all such people, under Obama's plan, will get health care — paid for by those lousy, conniving rich people. And, please, let's not imagine that all poor people are noble single mothers with two jobs, three kids, good credit and an ailing mother. Unless you're naive enough to believe that all wealthy Americans are greedy pigs.


You don't get a country behind you by pointing fingers. And you don't inspire effort and ingenuity by always milking the rich. Suggesting that if Americans do too well they'll be resented is not how this country became a prosperous nation. After all, the dream of being rich is often being dreamt by the poor.


Mr. Gibbs and President Obama should realize they are no longer only speaking to rooms full of giddy campaign volunteers. It's the nation. All of us are in this together. That means poor and yes, rich — if there are any left once this is all done.

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