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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 5, 2011 / 3 Tamuz, 5771

Not math deficiency, but demagoguery

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama, as a candidate, said there were 57 states in the union, and the other night in his debt ceiling press conference, said his 12-year-old daughter was 13. When he talked about taxing corporate jets more, he didn't seem to know the $3 billion that might be raised over 10 years wouldn't begin to address the $4 trillion issue at hand, and you can't help wishing the problem here was simply math deficiency.

That being the case, a couple of accountant advisors could sit down with him and start with some simple, often-repeated comparisons, telling him, for instance, that a billion seconds is 31 years and a trillion seconds is 31,685 years.

"Oh, I get it," Obama might say. "Raising that tax then wouldn't do a darned thing and wasn't really worth those six mentions in my speech -- corporate jet tax break, corporate jet tax break , corporate jet tax break, corporate jet tax break, corporate jet tax break, corporate jet tax break -- huh?"

The trouble is, at least on this issue, Obama's flaw seems less an incapacity for arithmetical calculation than a tendency toward demagoguery. I think he knows this jet tax means almost zilch in the fiscal scheme of things. The imagery instead is meant to portray Republicans as people who would kick the stuffing out of underdogs while playing lickspittle to fat cats.

That's useful now because we're rolling to an Aug. 2 deadline for the debt ceiling to be raised. Missing by some days or even weeks wouldn't necessarily hurt much -- it's happened several times before -- but could lead to missing all kinds of federal expenditures in the long run. That could be awful, though it is equally important to start reducing spending significantly over a 10-year period, as the Republicans want.

The Obama trick is to make the Republicans look like the bad guys if the deadline is missed, and he didn't stop with jet set ruminations. He also wants to tax our oil companies more, mainly, I think, for spite, because once again the revenues will be piffling compared to the problem, and the impact on a crucial American industry unhelpful at an especially important moment.

Next, at a time when the matter most at hand is keeping the federal debt from crushing America, he has a plan to increase it -- advancing more money for road and bridge building -- even though he pledged coming to terms with the GOP on spending reductions. Not through discussions with him, though. He has refused an invitation by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to sit down with Republicans in congressional surroundings and talk.

There was much more noted phoniness in the press conference, such as making it sound as if only "millionaires and billionaires" face tax hikes in the years ahead. It was particularly ridiculous when this ultra-regulator of Wall Street and health care professed to be the only president ever to review bad regulations of the past. As at least one fact-checker has written, each of his five predecessors carried out the same charade.

The worst thing, though, was a lack of serious leadership that should have begun with heeding a majority of his own debt commission. Its recommendations included not just serious spending cuts but also additional revenues through tax reform. Here was an opportunity for bipartisan compromise that was quickly undone by an Obama budget hiking the debt by multi-trillions over the next 10 years.

As top economic experts testify, this current debt is a perilous thing for our nation. Obama ought to help get us out of the mess in part because he did so much to deliver us to this evil with a trillion-dollar stimulus package that was mostly pork-ridden. It did include a few good things. One such thing -- in the Democratic-Obama stimulus, mind you -- was renewing the corporate jet tax break that he now objects to. It is said in one report to have boosted the aircraft industry, probably helping to create jobs. Interesting.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.



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