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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Dec. 6, 2010/ 30 Kislev, 5771

The ‘Unexpected’ Consequences of Progressivism

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the Congressional circus surrounding tax cuts, Democrats are still playing the class-warfare game, insisting that maintaining the Bush tax cuts for everyone, including the "evil" rich such cuts would "devastate" the federal budget. Perhaps it would--in terms of what the fed's slice of the fiscal pie is currently. But here's some perspective: The last Democratic president, Bill Clinton, submitted his final budget in 2000 for the 2001 fiscal year. It was $1.9 trillion. The 2011 federal budget submitted by Barack Obama? $3.8 trillion. In other words, federal spending has doubled in ten years.

Question for my fellow Americans: has your income doubled in the last ten years? Or perhaps more to the point, has everyone who pays taxes doubled their income? Perhaps such an economic analysis is over-simplistic, but it stands to reason if one's individual expenses have doubled, one would need substantially more income to afford such an increase--unless one borrows the money.

In fairness, on both a personal and national level, there are such things as unforeseen expenses: if one's house burns down, or one is inflicted with a major illness, one's expenses would go up without the commensurate increase in income. When America was attacked on 9/11, it was reasonable to assume that expenses would increase on the federal level as well, without having all the funds necessary to pay for them.

But who's kidding whom? Federal spending relative to Gross National Product is at its highest level since WWll, and despite all the obfuscation by Democrats, the additional outlays are not only failing to "stimulate" the economy, they are literally bankrupting the nation. Just as annoying is the level of willful ignorance demonstrated by progressives and their media enablers, which can be summed up by the one word they use over and over again to explain the "majesty" of Obamanomics:

Unexpected.

The failure of the stimulus package was "unexpected." Last week's lousy jobs report was "unexpected" The failure of Recovery Summer was "unexpected." The weak recovery in general is "unexpected," etc., etc. ad nauseam.

Such results are only unexpected if one is either economically illiterate, or ideologically rigid to the point of blindness. Democrats are two-for-two. How else can one explain a party which just got their hats handed to them on November 2nd, re-electing one of the prime architects of that shellacking, Nancy Pelosi, to her position as leader of their party in the House? For Americans who don't understand the symbolic nature of such a move let me spell it out: the public spoke loud and clear--and we Democrats don't give a damn about what you said.

And the lamest lame duck Congress, along with an equally clueless Obama administration couldn't make it clearer if they tried. A recent Gallup poll showed Americans think unemployment and the economy in general are the two most important issues facing the country today. A recent CBS News poll showed that Americans prefer cutting government services over raising taxes by a two-to-one margin.

How have Democrats responded? By proposing an end to "Dont Ask Don't Tell" for the military. By submitting four different versions of the DREAM Act in their latest attempt to grant millions of illegal aliens amnesty. By granting waivers from ObamaCare for "special" companies, including unions who supported the bill. By instituting a seven-year ban on off-shore drilling for oil. By engaging in quantitative easing (QE2), a "backdoor" stimulus plan endangering our currency, condemned by every other nation in the world. By ramping up deficit spending to a level that made the irresponsible spending of Republicans they replaced look chintzy by comparison.

And by holding an entire country hostage on tax cuts in order to vilify the "evil" rich--who are, far more accurately, exactly the kind of small business owners this country needs to help pull us out of our economic malaise.

Bottom line: this nation needs jobs. Every other consideration pales by comparison, and yet these ideological martinets refuse to let go of their agenda, even as the sun is sinking on their progressive universe. In fact, their only response to this crisis is to insist that unemployment benefits be extended past the already breath-taking span of 99 weeks--because failure to do so will affect up to three million unemployed Americans. Americans who remain unemployed due to a Congress and Obama administration which fiddled with a health care bill for over a year-and-a-half while the economy was still burning to the ground. Even now Democrats want to do the extension--as in spending more money we don't have--without making any offsetting cuts to the deficit.

How are they framing the issue? The inimitable Ms. Pelosi: "Unemployment insurance, the economists tell us, returns $2 for every dollar that is put out there. People need the money. They spend it immediately for necessities. It injects demand into the economy. It helps reduce the deficit."

Think about the level of stupidity embodied in that quote. And it is awesomely stupid, when one takes it to a maximum extrapolation. If what Ms. Pelosi contends were truly the case, wouldn't it make sense to put every American on unemployment insurance? According to the Speaker of the House, that would literally double our Gross National Product. A let's not forget the additional "upside:" no one would have to work.

Perhaps such progressive insanity would be understandable if it was occurring in a vacuum. But it is not. Europe, further down the same progressivist road the Democratic party wants the United States to travel, is one country away (Spain) from fiscal chaos, and a continent far more used to a bottomless government gravy train--which has run out of gravy--is exploding. So why do Democrats insist on emulating them? Americans need reminding that behind the progressive ideology which animates the likes of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et al, is a level of conceit and arrogance of almost unimaginable scope. It is a conceit and arrogance which can gaze at the historically consistent failure of state-run economies and ignore every reason for those failures except one:

The wrong people were in charge.

For most Americans, January can't come fast enough. That is when arguably one of the sorriest Congresses in the history of the nation will have their majority power blunted in one chamber. Yet I suspect for equal or greater numbers of Americans, January 2012 can't come fast enough. It is then we will know for certain whether this last election was the "temper tantrum" progressives so desperately want to believe it was, or the beginning of the long slog back to national sanity.

That election is when our national character will truly reveal itself. Will we be a nation where people consider nearly two years of unemployment benefits insufficient, or one which understands the soul-destroying nature of those who consider such benefits "income?" Will we be a nation that promotes success, or one which continues to stoke class envy? Will we be a nation which gives those contemptuous of American traditions, culture and prosperity yet another election cycle to inflict their leftist ideology on an overwhelmingly center-right country, or send them back into the minority status they have so richly earned?

No one can predict the future. But those of us who saw through the facade of hope and change had a reasonably good idea of what was to come. Unfortunately for America, we were not disappointed. Yet it is worth remembering that the election of Barack Obama was extremely enhanced by the nomination of John McCain. In 2008, many Americans saw only one thing: a choice between an old liberal and young one. When McCain proved utterly incapable of articulating any serious ideological differences between himself and Obama, America went with youth. Two years later many of those same American felt foolish and sorry.

Here's hoping they can sustain those feelings for two more years.

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Previously:


12/01/10:
Leakers and Losers
11/29/10: ‘We Won’, Part One
11/22/10: Keep Your Hands Off My Constitution
11/17/10: Grope and Change
11/14/10: Taking Back Our Country, One School At a Time
11/11/10: Checks (and Balances), Please
11/08/10: Curtain Up, Progressives Down
11/04/10: Last Chance, Republicans
11/01/10: By Their Own Words Shall Ye Know Them
10/28/10: Progressive Determination to Undermine American Elections
10/25/10: Shock, but more importantly, action: De-Unionize Public Schools now
10/20/10: Multiculturalism? Check, Please
10/18/10: Healthcare: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vs. The Constitution
10/11/10: Vote for Restoring the Rule of Law in November
10/11/10: Dems: Running From Clarity
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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