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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 July 23, 2009 / 2 Menachem-Av 5769

Big Government Medicine

By Victor Davis Hanson



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Big new taxes. Big new spending. Big new government. This seems to be the proposed cure for the Wall Street-inspired recession.


The government now runs major banks and companies, and plans to take control of the American health-care system. And it aims to tax how energy in the United States is used to monitor carbon use.


But wait! Recent financial rescue and stimulus plans, together with other new government initiatives, have already led to the largest dollar deficits in American history, projected to be near $2 trillion at fiscal year's end.


Before some of these new proposals are even enacted, public spending will eat up 45 percent of our gross domestic product — the largest percentage in our history except for the war years 1943-45. And in two years — or even less — our national debt will soar to 100 percent of GDP. Yet the pie shrinks even as we promise to serve more slices.


Recent Rasmussen and Politico polls show that voters still like the embattled President Obama — but not so much his new policies on the stimulus, cap-and-trade and further regulations on business. Why?


First, our present troubles were not just a result of Wall Street's undeniable graft, and bigger government isn't necessarily the proper cure.


The incompetence of the government-run Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae — staffed by greedy Washington political insiders and overseen by blowhard politicians like Barney Frank — first triggered the September 2008 meltdown. If the present growth in government regulation is a response to avaricious bankers and investors, what is the proper antidote to the chicanery of the government-run Freddie and Fannie?


Second, well over 40 percent of American households now do not pay federal income taxes and so traditionally don't mind getting more entitlements that they don't have to pay for. But that could change soon.


With such staggering deficits, it's becoming more difficult to believe that Obama can keep his campaign promise that 95 percent of taxpayers will not have to pay new taxes. There just are not enough wealthy sheep to shear — despite an array of new federal, payroll and state taxes.


Third, for all the spread-the-wealth talk, the new government overseers do not think the rules apply to themselves. News accounts highlight the expensive entertainment, dining and clothing tastes of the First Couple. Remember, also, that our Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, who oversees the Internal Revenue Service, avoided thousands of dollars of his own tax obligations. So did some in Congress like Rep. Charles Rangel, head of the House Ways and Means Committee, and a number of others nominated to the president's Cabinet.


In other words, we typically are not seeing big-government grandees with lifestyles to match their populist rhetoric. Fourth, it's hard to accept the notion that the government can do things better than the private sector. If the government controls health care, will doctors' waiting rooms soon resemble the dreaded Department of Motor Vehicles offices? Will cap-and-trade bureaucrats daily monitor our life-giving electricity-producing plants to ensure they don't have too large a carbon footprint?


Finally, even after the financial meltdown, history is still running against collectivism. Communism self-imploded. Socialism doesn't work in Venezuela. Even in the midst of bank collapses, European statist governments are moving rightward, not more to the left.


It's clear that Americans are mad at Wall Street crooks and corporate elites who took mega bonuses despite falling profits. But why does that mean the government, in its quest for more regulation, now targets job-producing small and family businesses with steep new taxes and health-care regulations?


In other words, the medicine of big government is even worse than the original disease on Wall Street, and the falling polls for the president's initiatives show the American people are catching on to this.

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Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and military historian, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a recipient of the 2007 National Humanities Medal. Comment by clicking here.


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