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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 Oct. 11, 2010/ 3 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Dems: Running From Clarity

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As an older American, one of the most clarifying moments I remember was the transition from the Carter administration to the Reagan administration with respect to the USSR. Carter embraced the typical liberal mindset of the times, the idea that, although the U.S. and the USSR had different systems, both were "equally deserving of respect." Reagan? He called the Iron Curtain, Communist thugs exactly what they were: an "evil empire." Perhaps nothing both infuriates and terrifies progressives more than clarity, especially when that clarity illustrates the utter bankruptcy of their ideology. To wit:

if the current healthcare bill is as good Democrats promised it would be, why did the Obama administration grant waivers exempting thirty different entities from complying with its rules? The answer is simple: this administration believes the rule of law doesn't apply equally to all Americans. Dress it up any way you want, my progressive comrades, but when certain constituencies get special treatment that ordinary Americans can't get, that is unbridled corruption. That such waivers are necessary at all demonstrates that this bill was either written by ignorant fools--or those whose chief purpose was as nefarious as it was obscure: to incrementally destroy private health care in the United States.

So which is it? Progressives are not ignorant fools. They are, however, statist thugs more than willing to destroy the best health care system in the world in order to put it under federal control. If they have to keep certain constituencies content in the meantime, so be it. And when the First Commandment of implementing your agenda is "do it by any means necessary," equal treatment under the law is nothing more than a minor impediment.

if Keynesian-inspired stimulus spending "saved or created" 3.5 million jobs, why is unemployment still near ten percent? Again, the answer is clarifying simple: this administration is infested with liars. Only liars would lump the words "created" and "saved" into a single category, because liars know that such a category is impervious to accurate measurement. Even more telling is what animates such calculated obfuscation: progressives cynically believe that Americans are so stupid that they can't see a stagnant economy happening right in front of their own eyes.

Isn't it about time someone in our comatose mainstream media asked Joe Biden precisely what he meant by "recovery summer?" Maybe it's even time some of those intrepid journalists engaged in simple division, as in dividing almost $900 billion in stimulus by 3.5 million jobs "created or saved." Once they figure out that comes to over $250,000 per job, maybe they could ask the president if that's anything remotely resembling efficient and responsible spending. Make that deficit spending, for which every American taxpayer is on the hook.

why has another government official offered up the idea that America could "absorb" a terrorists attack? The first to ostensibly utter this word was president Obama, if Bob Woodward's newest book, "Obama Wars" is accurate. Now Michael Leiter, head of the National Counterterrorism Center, used the exact same word.

How come? Because the president's vaunted "Muslim outreach program" is a complete bust. Once again, progressives obscured reality, telling the American public that once the Bush administration's "cowboy" approach to international terror was replaced by the Obama administration's more conciliatory approach, the Muslim world would come around. What Mr. Obama and his progressive followers considered "outreach"--a combination of apologetic obsequiousness and self-aggrandizing moralization at America's expense--Muslim extremists saw as weakness and cowardice.

Wake up call for the president and his counterterrorism chief: America has already absorbed another terrorist attack. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 and wounded 31 soldiers at Fort Hood--something president Obama didn't bother to mention until almost three minutes into a press conference following that attack. And it is only by the grace of God that we didn't "absorb" two more attacks on a Christmas Eve jetliner and in the middle of New York's Times Square.

Absorption is for sponges, not the blood of innocent Americans. As for "cowboy" versus "Kumbaya," Americans can decide for themselves which approach keeps them safer from those wishing to establish a worldwide totalitarian theocracy by any means necessary.

if federal immigration law is sacrosanct, why are the feds suing Arizona, even as hundreds of sanctuary cities get a pass? Once again, the answer is simple: progressives believe America is a fundamentally broken nation and that public animus directed towards illegal aliens is motivated by nothing more than racism and xenophobia. Nowhere have progressives worked harder to undermine clarity than their attempt to obfuscate the difference between legal and illegal immigration.

Here's clarity: the citizens of Arizona are under attack from their own government for confronting illegal immigration, while cities that aid and abet it are free to continue doing so. The "sanctity" of federal immigration law? A progressively-tainted fraud.

if tax cuts are good for the economy during bad times, why aren't they good all the time? Three presidents, JFK, Reagan, and Bush 43 gave Americans a substantial tax cut. In all three cases, more revenue, not less, subsequently flowed into federal coffers. Why? Because even though each American was paying less taxes percentage-wise, an expanding economy produced more Americans overall who were paying taxes.

So what's the problem for progressives? Perhaps the answer was revealed many years ago during one of those PBS seminars hosted by Fred Friendly in the '70s. The question (paraphrased) was simple: if a particular economic policy benefits every American, but the rich do disproportionately better, would you be in favor of it, or not?

Every liberal on the panel answered no.

Nothing's changed. Progressives hide their contempt for successful Americans with phrases such as "social justice" and economic "re-distribution" while the economy goes to hell in a hand basket.

But there is something far more sinister progressives do their best to obscure: higher taxes are not merely about money. They're about government control over ever-increasing percentages of American livelihoods--and, as a result, Americans themselves. Anyone wondering why a rock-solid Democrat majority in Congress refused to extend the Bush tax cuts prior to the election can stop wondering: they're hoping to obscure their contempt for the free-market and entreprenuerial Americans until after the November election.

It is no secret that many Democrats are running away from their achievements in order to get re-elected. That's the essence of obfuscation.

It is also a tacit admission of their ideological bankruptcy. It is also why the same president who ran on hope and change claimed a Republican Congressional majority would result in "hand-to-hand combat"--and why numerous reports suggest that Mr. Obama may test the outer limits of Executive power in order to bypass that Congress.

Which brings us to the ultimate clarity regarding progressive ideology: government of, by, and for the people be damned.

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Previously:


10/07/10:
Hypersensitive Hogwash
10/04/10: ‘Comprehensive’ Con Artists
09/29/10: Why Dems Are Going Down in November
09/27/10: The Unholiest of Unholy Alliances
09/22/10: Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’
09/20/10: Purging ‘Me First’ Politicians
09/17/10: No More ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
09/15/10: ‘Recovery’ Arms Race
09/13/10: ‘Bigots’ in the Majority --- Again?
09/09/10: Giving Voters Something to Vote For
09/07/10: Irresponsible Dems, Incomprehensible Bills
09/02/10: War Weary Americans vs. Implacable Islamists
08/31/10: A ‘Dream’ Debased
08/25/10: American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists
08/23/10: Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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