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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 Dec. 14, 2010 / 7 Teves, 5771

There are more acts to come in this farce

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For theater, it's hard to improve upon what's happened since President Barack Obama struck a deal with Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts for two more years.

The day after, Mr. Obama held the second most remarkable news conference of his presidency.

On such occasions, a president is supposed to go through certain expected motions — to praise what he considers the virtues of the compromise, and to say something gracious about the negotiators on the other side.

"Graciousness implies that you won," said former White House speechwriter Peggy Noonan.

Instead, "Mr. Obama said, essentially, that he hates the deal he just agreed to, hates the people he made the deal with, and hates even more the people who'll criticize it," Ms. Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

The most vituperative criticism came in a rowdy meeting of the House Democratic caucus, in which several Members reportedly screamed obscenities about the president.

There followed Friday the most remarkable news conference of the Obama presidency. Many who watched with slack-jawed amazement when the president abdicated the podium to former President Bill Clinton overlooked the irony of the pair endorsing as economic necessity extension of the Bush tax cuts against which both have railed for lo these many years.

His flip flop was a brilliant political move, said conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer. "Barack Obama has won the great tax cut showdown of 2010," he declared.

But another conservative columnist, Dick Morris, said what the president had negotiated with Republicans "was surrender, pure and simple."

Mr. Obama "desperately wants to raise taxes on wealthy people, not for the revenue as much to redistribute income," Mr. Morris said. "But he couldn't do it and gave in."

Mr. Obama won, Mr. Krauthammer said, because the deal amounts to a second stimulus that will improve the economy enough to boost his prospects for re-election.

Economists think the deal will add nearly a percentage point to growth in the gross domestic product next year, and lower the unemployment rate by a percentage point and a half. But it would do so at the cost of adding nearly $1 trillion to our mammoth national debt.

It's the debt increase that bugs Mr. Krauthammer. "Obama is no fool," he said. "While getting Republicans to boost his own re-election chances, he gets them to make a mockery of their newfound, second-chance, post-Bush, tea party, this time we're serious persona of debt-averse fiscal responsibility."

But if Mr. Obama won, he's sure not acting like it.

In essence, in exchange for a two year extension of the Bush tax cuts, the Republicans agreed to a 13 month extension of the federal government's authority to provide unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks, and for a two percentage point reduction in the payroll tax for a year.

Republicans are content to let Mr. Obama claim credit for these "concessions," if it persuades recalcitrant Democrats to support the deal. But the truth is enough Republicans would have supported extension of unemployment benefits to block a filibuster in the Senate, and back when the stimulus bill was being debated in 2009, it was Republicans who proposed a payroll tax holiday. The problem was not that Barack Obama tried to stimulate the economy. The problem is that what he did didn't work.

Much of the sturm und drang surrounding the deal is because many on the left haven't figured out yet there are consequences to the drubbing Democrats took in November, and many on the right imagine Republicans won a great deal more than they actually did.

The urgency behind the deal is that both the Bush tax cuts and unemployment insurance expire at the end of the year. That would cause substantial economic hardship that both parties would like to prevent, and for which neither party wants the blame.

I think the deal as negotiated is a good one. But there are more acts to come in this farce. The Senate is likely to pass it, but not before hanging more spending measures on it, perhaps so many that conservatives can no longer support it.

But if the compromise fails, the onus will be on President Obama and the Democrats. And thanks to the controversy, little time remains to consider the other hot button issues Democrats want to pass before the lame duck session passes into history.

Whether the compromise passes or fails, this could be a win-win for Republicans.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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