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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. 5, 2012/ 22 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Actually, Obama is growing the economy

By Deroy Murdock




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Who says President Barack Obama is bad for growth? True, U.S. gross domestic product grew 2 percent in the third quarter. However, comparing data from the time of the president's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, and today's latest figures proves that plenty of things have grown quite robustly during the Obama years.


  • When Obama took office, for instance, nearly 43.6 million Americans lived below the poverty line. Today, almost 46.3 million survive beneath that dismal threshold -- up 6.1 percent.

  • While Americans have struggled to find work in the private sector, Washington has hung out the "now hiring" sign through these sluggish times. The federal civilian workforce has grown under Obama, from roughly 1.9 million to 2.1 million -- up 6.7 percent.

  • Conversely, on Obama's watch, the number of working-age Americans (age 16 and older) who no longer are in the civilian labor force has grown from 80.5 million to 88.7 million -- up 10.2 percent.

  • The number of Americans on Social Security Disability Insurance has grown under Obama, from 9.7 million to 10.8 million -- up 11.3 percent.

  • Obamacare was supposed to reduce health-insurance costs. After all, this 2,801-page law is known officially as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And yet, average individual medical premiums rose from $4,824 to $5,615 -- up 16.4 percent. Likewise, then-Sen. Obama promised, in a debate with opponent Sen. John McCain, that his reform proposals would lower the typical family's health-insurance policy costs: "We're going to work with your employer to lower the cost of your premiums by up to $2,500 a year." Instead, according to surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, such premiums increased by almost the same amount: $2,370 (from $13,375 to $15,745) -- up 17.7 percent.

  • In 2008, candidate Obama complained that President George W. Bush, in eight years in office, had taken out "a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children. We now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back -- $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic." Bush's alleged lack of patriotism notwithstanding, America's national debt as a proportion of GDP has expanded under Obama's watchful eyes, from 74.6 cents on the dollar to 101.8 cents -- up 36.4 percent.

  • One of the Great Society's signature welfare programs has done land-office business in the last four years. America's food-stamp population has ballooned with Obama in the Oval Office, from 32.9 million to 46.7 million -- up 41.9 percent.

  • Obama has fired up a volcano of red ink. After one month in office, he pledged "to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term. ..." Thus, Obama promised to chop that year's $1.3 trillion deficit to no more than $650 billion. Instead, the deficit stands at $1.1 trillion, a $450 billion overage. Indeed, Obama's four consecutive budget deficits have exceeded $1 trillion -- each. This is a first in U.S. history. In Obama's first 42 months, his $5.25 trillion in deficits have outpaced the $4.18 trillion total for America's first 42 presidents, from George Washington through George Herbert Walker Bush. In these and other ways, Obama's record-shattering performance on borrowing and spending has elevated America's national debt from $10.6 trillion (with a T) to $16.2 trillion -- up 52.4 percent.

  • With Obama behind the wheel, regular gasoline has raced from $1.83 per gallon to $3.68 on average -- up more than double or 101.1 percent. (Interestingly, that number almost perfectly parallels the advance in gold prices under Obama, from $853.25 an ounce to $1,706 -- up 99.9 percent.)


Yes, Virginia, President Obama can point to stunning growth. Unfortunately, like someone with an insatiable appetite, it's in all the wrong places.

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Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.



Previously:

10/26/12: Romney's ignored Mitt-zvahs

10/19/12: Obama's most dangerous disappointment

10/12/12: About Behghazi, Obama lied, people died --- and few bother to cry (out)

10/05//12: Obama the exacerbater

09/28/12: Barack Obama, slacker-in-chief

09/24/12: Citizens or subjects? Candidates offer choice

08/17/12: Dems ignore own issues with Medicare

08/13/12: Speech Romney should give on Bain

07/20/12: Obama's green projects bleeding red

07/13/12: EPA, why fine oil firms over fantasy biofuel?

07/06/12: How about remembering Mexican victims of 'Fast and Furious'?

06/29/12: Health-care victory will give Obama headaches

06/22/12: Mitt Romney, get on bus

06/18/12: The 'racist' Florida vote purge obeys federal law

06/08/12: Scott Walker's win should propel big reforms, stiffen pols' spines

06/01/12: Regulators regulate, and that's a problem

05/25/12: WWII hero Karski to receive U.S. Medal of Freedom

05/18/12: Not the behavior of normal Americans

05/18/12: Spacemen to NASA: Cool it on global warming

05/04/12: Libs want to plunge the penthouse

04/27/12: Obama and company are pushing hard on the pedal for deadlier cars

04/20/12: We don't need no stinkin' budget?

04/14/12: New Reasons to Hate Obamacare

04/06/12: Team Obama plays energy policy for laughs

03/30/12: Twitchy Dems need to let workers put tax-cut money in retirement funds

03/23/12: Why not $100-an-hour minimum wage?

03/15/12: The real (high) cost of Obama's health care act

03/09/12: Race-baiting Dems oppose voter ID

03/02/12: Forget kids --- today's debt hurts adults

02/24/12: Dems arise against Obamacare

02/17/12: The voting dead are understated

02/10/12: Holder takes on 'racist' photo-ID cards: Prejudice is widespread --- even Obama backed them

02/03/12: On tax plans, Gingrich trumps Romney

01/27/12: Photo IDs can protect elections, let dead rest

01/20/12: Romney runs hot and cold on global warming

01/13/12: Economic freedom declines in U.S.

01/06/12: Time to yank off Mitt's mask

12/23/11: Boehner hands Dems a gift

12/15/11: The U.S. could learn much from Hong Kong

12/09/11:$687 billion is available to Congress free of strings

12/02/11: Obama criticizes Wall Street but takes money from it

11/18/11: Puerto Rico shows Washington the way

11/11/11: Take heed, America: In Ohio even left-wing unionists voted to repeal ObamaCare

10/28/11: Thanks, Netanyahu, for surge of hardened terrorists

10/24/11:The Obama Spend-O-Rama

10/17/11: Cain stakes his viable claim just by showing up

10/07/11: Green jobs are national scandal

10/04/11: Obama proudly declares class war

09/23/11: Obama wrong about ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress

09/16/11: Obama needs Ryan's vision on jobs

09/09/11: Reaganomics trounces Obamanomics

09/02/11: Labor leaders to Obama: Stop killing jobs

08/26/11: Pro-market Perry vaults over Romney in GOP race

08/19/11: Some rich Americans will not rest until Washington boosts their taxes

08/12/11: Hope, change and free birth control for all

08/05/11: Debt deal does virtually nothing

07/21/11: Dems pro-choice on abortion but little else

07/15/11: Debt deception: If only Dems were honest and GOPers were courageous

07/08/11: Congress' war on light bulb blows up





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