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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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. 21, 2011 22 Elul, 5771

Eat the Rich

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When were the good times for Barack Obama? When were his last good days? Spring. Ah, spring. In spring he killed Osama bin Laden. No negotiations. No attempt at bipartisanship. Just two shots to the head.

"I think we all can agree this is a good day for America," Obama said back then. "There is nothing we can't do."

But it turned out there was plenty we could not do. Like create enough jobs. Or stop the foreclosures. Or keep American spirits from plunging. Nearly three out of every four Americans now feel the country is on the wrong track, the worst number of the Obama presidency.

And then there were the little things: The debt-ceiling debacle — "I got 98 percent of what I wanted!" House Speaker John Boehner crowed to CBS News — the Solyndra deal, books and articles devoted to dysfunction in the White House, and professional political performer James Carville advising Obama to "panic."

A far more sober, and more chilling, analysis came from Obama's chief advisor David Plouffe. "We understand the very perilous situation we're in," Plouffe told Dan Balz of The Washington Post on Saturday. "We don't think we have much margin for error."

The salad days of Obama's spring had turned into the bitter herbs of an endless summer.

But had he not passed historic health care legislation? Did he not save the U.S. auto industry? Did he not prevent the collapse of the global economy?

Well, yes, but that all seems so ... yesterday.

And the New York Times editorial page is fed up with all his talk of unity and healing and bipartisanship. "He has wasted far too much time trying to puzzle out how he can shave policies down far enough to get the Republicans to cooperate," it said Sunday. "The answer has long been clear: He can't."

Solution: Go for it. If you can't win their hearts and minds, at least you can kick them in their groins.

And President Obama began kicking Monday. In a speech filled with "I'm not going to allow," "I'm not going to stand for," "I will not support" and "I will veto," Obama stood under a cloudy sky in the Rose Garden and attacked the "tax cuts for multimillionaires and billionaires" that are ruining this nation.

"Everybody, including the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations, have to pay their fair share," he said. And farmers! You think farmers are Ma and Pa Kettle, these days? No, many are giant agribusinesses. And Obama pledged to "reform agricultural subsidies — subsidies that a lot of times pay large farms for crops that they don't grow."

And those despicable Masters of the Universe on Wall Street? "We also ask the largest financial firms — companies saved by tax dollars during the financial crisis — to repay the American people for every dime that we spent!" Obama said.

If there was one take-away principle guiding the new Obama plan, it was this: Those who have oodles of money today shall have less of it in the future. Because that's only fair.

"And that's why this plan eliminates tax loopholes that primarily go to the wealthiest taxpayers and biggest corporations — tax breaks that small businesses and middle-class families don't get," Obama said.

"It is wrong that in the United States of America, a teacher or a nurse or a construction worker who earns $50,000 should pay higher tax rates than somebody pulling in $50 million."

I couldn't tell for sure, but Madame Defarge may have been sitting off to one side of the stage and knitting "The Wealthy" while cackling to herself.

"This is not class warfare," the president promised. "It's math."

Well, sort of. Though the rich do benefit enormously, the poor and middle-class benefit from the current tax code, too. About half the households in America pay no income taxes at all, because the tax code says they don't make enough. And middle class taxpayers get a large break by being able to deduct their home mortgage interest. (Want a true third-rail in American politics? Try suggesting the elimination of that last one. Obama didn't on Monday.)

In truth, the tax code gives too many breaks to too many people.

"All told, federal taxpayers last year received $1.08 trillion in credits, deductions and other perks while paying $1.09 trillion in income taxes, according to government estimates," wrote Lori Montgomery in The Washington Post Sunday. "Only about 8 percent of those benefits went to corporations. ... The bulk went to private households, primarily upper-middle-class families that Obama has vowed to protect from new taxes."

Oh, well, so what? Willie Sutton robbed banks because that's where the money was. And Barack Obama will protect the middle class because that's where his votes are.

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