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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 Nov 18, 2011 / 21 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

Occupiers: Chop off their heads!

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some poor guy in New York was trying to get to work, and some Occupy Wall Street people were blocking his way, and one of them explained why. "This society is stopping a lot of people from going to work," the person told a Los Angeles Times reporter. "It's OK that we're stopping people one day."

No it's not, but the rationale sums up a whole lot that's wrong with a movement that seems to believe the First Amendment guarantees a right to harass pedestrians, block traffic for hours, destroy public property and damage small businesses through customer deterrence and restroom havoc.

I think the First Amendment guarantees other things, such as free speech and free press, and I am going to take advantage of those rights in explaining why I think the Occupy mobs differ from the unfairly, viciously castigated Tea Party in roughly the same way the American Revolution differed from the French Revolution.

Both revolutions aimed at equal rights and liberty, but Americans exacted no horrific vengeance on Tories after the fighting was done, and soon established a republic that has stayed intact to this day. It wasn't long before the French Revolution evolved into the Reign of Terror, during which those seen as enemies of the dictatorship got to see what a guillotine felt like. It was the rich, the aristocrats, who were most hated, though what happened fairly quickly was a different kind of aristocracy under Napoleon.

Some Tea Party activists have had their problems with Wall Street bailouts, but few are yelping about using tax hikes to get even with some 1 percent supposedly shirking their share and lording it over the rest of us because of their wealth. They want limited government, not still more regulatory, ever-demanding excesses, and they have been orderly. Some objectionable signs have been seen and there was an unverified incident of maybe a few people using a racial slur, but that is about it.

To the extent that you can ferret out meaning from the rhetorical escapades of the Occupiers, they want unending freebies at the expense of the rest of us and think capitalism a horrible system. They believe the rich are ripping everyone else off by not getting taxed their fair share and assume these rich people are the ruling equivalent of Louis XVI. At least figuratively, they want their heads chopped off. They see more government as a way out, and their mode of operation is French mob chaos. I am not sure what percentage are anti-Semitic. Let's hope those worrying about "Jewish bankers" represent a tiny number.

The movement was egged on in its envy and resentment, you know. In a style that would make Huey Long proud, Barack Obama and the aristocracy of academic elites around him have been barking about greedy Wall Street, overfed CEOs and corporate evils since 2008. He has said the rich don't pay their fair share when in fact he absolutely has to know that the rich pay most of the taxes in this country and that his predecessor, George W. Bush, did more to relieve middle and low-income groups of tax burdens than he has dreamed of.

This joblessness we are now suffering was primarily instigated not by too little government, but by too much -- as in trying to enable those who cannot afford home mortgages to get stuck with them anyway. What we need from government now is not more of the same -- as in Obama promising a million of those owing student loans that the taxpayers will relieve them of much of their obligation -- but less of the same, as in Congress agreeing to a debt fix involving both tax and entitlement reform.

A number of Democrats have already aligned themselves with these Occupiers, but it just may be that the average voter will not like being pushed around anymore than that guy on his way to work in New York, and average voters count for more than the rich any day.

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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.


Previously:


11/16/11: Obama asks jobless to sacrifice
11/09/11: Michael Moore's insufferable occupation
11/04/11: Political tipping point is coming
11/02/11: Idealogues versus 7 billion
10/28/11: Obama games on student loans
10/26/11: Wit and quick moves v. humanity and thoroughgoing honesty? It's no contest —- or at least shouldn't be
10/07/11: Baptists, bootleggers and Wall Street protesters
10/05/11: Federal law will get you even if you watch out
09/28/11: Leftist bugbears on the march
09/23/11: Still hope for coal to help us
09/21/11: Obama's Madoff ploy
09/19/11: U.S. can't afford to wait until it happens
09/14/11: Defending -- and strengthening -- gung ho collectivism
09/12/11: A pipeline to better times
09/08/11: Obama just keeps destroying jobs
09/06/11: Ultra-feminists thwarting justice
08/31/11: Corporations are people? Yes, Count the ways
08/26/11: What an earthquake tells us about debt
08/25/11: The tyranny of scientific consensus
08/23/11: Fracking hardly a public health threat
08/17/11: Why Obamacare won't control births
08/15/11: Balanced budget amendment unbalanced idea
08/10/11: Kerry's war on citizen speech
08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers
08/03/11: The people who may save America
07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ
07/27/11: The threat behind the debt
07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing
07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse
07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling
07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly
07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?
07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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