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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 Sept. 19, 2011 / 20 Elul, 5771

Obama's do-nothing sequel

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hollywood moguls know enough not to make a sequel of a flop. Not so President Barack Obama, who unveiled Son of Porkulus before a joint session of Congress Sept. 8.

When Porkulus I (a.k.a. the stimulus bill) debuted in January 2009, Mr. Obama's chief economic adviser predicted it would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent. Unemployment -- 7.6 percent when Mr. Obama took office -- is 9.1 percent now. The Congressional Budget Office thinks it will stay close to 9 percent through 2012.

Porkulus I consisted chiefly of giving gobs of taxpayer money to the president's political allies. All that did was to add massively to our national debt.

Son of Porkulus is more of the same. "The vast contributions to state and local governments, though pitched as a jobs bill, are in reality the latest in a series of bailouts for debt-ridden state and local governments," Harvard researchers Paul Peterson and Daniel Nadler wrote in The Wall Street Journal Thursday. "They are of special benefits to states in the blue regions of the country where the president's most fervent supporters reside."

The plan "contains not one idea that Obama hasn't tried before," said Investors Business Daily.

Mr. Obama proposes to pay for Son of Porkulus in part by raising taxes. If enacted, these tax hikes would virtually guarantee a "double dip" recession. But there is little likelihood of that, since even Senate Democrats are balking.

"We shouldn't increase taxes on ordinary income," said Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.

Elimination of tax deductions for oil and gas drilling "is not going to fly, and he should know that," said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

"The best jobs bill that can be passed is a long-term deficit-reduction plan," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

President Obama said he wants the jobs bill passed "right away," but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, hasn't scheduled a vote. He "may be delaying a vote to insulate his party," The New York Times speculated.

The president knows the bill won't pass in anything like its present form. And that's all right with him, because he wants to run against a "do nothing" Congress next year.

"This was a political speech disguised as a policy address," said the London Spectator.

"Obama jobs speech venue part of election strategy," read a Reuters headline.

This is clear from the fact that Mr. Obama hadn't presented a bill to Congress at the time he urged lawmakers to pass it. The administration was so sluggish in actually drafting a bill that Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tex, seized Mr. Obama's focus-group-tested name "American Jobs Act" for his own bill.

This strategy doesn't thrill congressional Democrats, since they control the half of Congress that hasn't passed a budget.

Presidents rarely ask for a joint session of Congress. George W. Bush did so once, to respond to the 9/11 attacks. To use that forum for a campaign speech is an abuse.

The venue may have gotten Mr. Obama a larger audience, but it didn't do him much good. His job approval fell in Gallup, Bloomberg and CNN polls taken after the speech. By a margin of 51 percent to 40 percent, Americans doubt his jobs plan will reduce unemployment.

Concrete evidence of the public mood came Tuesday in special elections for House seats. In a Republican-leaning district in Nevada, the Republican won by 22 percentage points. In a New York City district Democrats have held since 1922, the Republican won by 8 points.

Mr. Obama has responded by making more speeches touting Son of Porkulus. "If you love me, you gotta help me pass this bill," he told a friendly crowd in North Carolina.

After Tuesday, Democrats are feeling less love.

"If the upcoming election is all about jobs and the economy, the president's campaign could very well be doomed," CNN's Jack Cafferty said Wednesday. He asked viewers if Mr. Obama should consider not running for re-election.

Nobody in Democratic circles is defending the president any more, John Fund of The Wall Street Journal told WMAL radio in Washington D.C. In a few months senior Democrats may go to Mr. Obama and urge him not to run again, Mr. Fund speculated.

If that doesn't work, expect Democrats to take a sudden new interest in Mr. Obama's birth certificate.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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