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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

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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

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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

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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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

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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 Oct. 2, 2008 / 3 Tishrei 5769

Cowardice and bi-partisanship

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The amount of paper wealth that evaporated in the stock market debacle Monday — $1.2 trillion — is more than twice as much as the cost to date of the war in Iraq. That's a lot of money to lose because Republicans and Democrats were more interested in blaming each other for the crisis than in solving it.


The 778 point plunge in the Dow following the rejection in the House of Representatives of the bailout bill for financial institutions was the largest in history. But in proportionate terms, it was only one third as savage a blow as the stock market suffered on Oct. 19, 1987. The Dow fell 22 percent then, 7 percent Monday.


Few Americans remember that earlier "Black Monday," because the crash had little impact on the overall economy, and the stock market recovered fairly soon afterwards.


We should keep that in mind as we assess the fallout from rejection of the bailout bill. The stock market opened higher Tuesday, which suggests that while the credit crisis is very serious, it may not be a catastrophe leading directly to Depression 2.0. However bad the situation might be, it isn't improved by panic.


The responsibility for torpedoing the bailout rests primarily with House Republicans, who voted against the measure, 65-133. But 95 Democrats also voted against the bill (140 were in favor).


The behavior of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) was peculiar. She made an incendiary partisan speech a few minutes before the vote, which Republican leaders said caused 10 to 12 of their members to switch their votes. And she made little effort to encourage Democrats to vote for it.


"(House Majority Whip Jim) Clyburn (D-SC) was not whipping the votes you'd have expected him to, in part because he was uncomfortable doing it, in part because we didn't want the push for votes to be successful," a House Democratic staffer told the American Spectator's "Prowler."


Barack Obama didn't exert himself on the measure's behalf, either. According to the New York Times, he made no phone calls to Democrats urging them to support the bill. Most members of the Black Caucus voted against it.


John McCain did exert himself, but the results were embarrassing. Two thirds of House Republicans — including all the GOPers from Arizona — voted against it. Did Democrats want the measure to fail? "The worse the better," Lenin used to say. In the past, Democrats have prospered at the polls when the economy has done poorly.


Would they rather blame Republicans for an economic disaster than prevent the disaster from occurring?


But the shortcomings of the Democrats are overshadowed by those of the Republicans in the House who voted against the bill. The bailout bill is terrible. But the alternative to passing it is very much worse.


Most who voted against it did so because constituent phone calls and emails were running astronomical to one against the bailout. People wonder why their tax dollars should be used to rescue fat cats whose greed and stupidity are chiefly responsible for the crisis.


Here's why: Credit is the oil that keeps the engine of commerce running. Drain that oil, and the engine seizes up. If people can't get auto loans, Detroit can't sell cars. If Detroit can't sell cars, the auto plants close and workers are laid off, and — as orders for the stuff cars are made of are cancelled — the recession spreads to those industries.


But too many House Republicans lacked the guts to buck the strong, but misinformed, populist sentiment, or the brains to realize that those hot against the bailout now would be hot against them for not supporting it once their credit cards have been cancelled and their 401ks and pensions have shrivelled.


This crisis was brought on by the greed and stupidity of the elites on Wall Street and in Washington, and is being deepened by cowardice and partisanship.


"An entire generation of leadership is failing, as the world watches aghast," said Victor Davis Hanson.

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