Home
In this issue
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 June 19, 2012/ 29 Sivan, 5772

No One Left to Pander to

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 1999, Christopher Hitchens penned an acid reflection on the presidency of Bill Clinton, titled "No One Left To Lie To." The verdict on the presidency of Barack Obama, at least during this campaign season, might be No One Left to Pander To. In three and a half years, we've gone from the "audacity of hope" to the "shameless palm grease."

Shaken by the polls and unable to tout his accomplishments in office, the president has instead targeted giveaways to particular constituencies of the Democratic Party. We've gone from soaring to squalid. Women got free contraceptives and the invitation to believe that the Republicans had launched another war of choice — against women. College students got more subsidies for their loans. Gays got support for same-sex marriage. And Hispanics got the dubiously legal decision to forego deportations for certain illegal immigrants. Blacks and Jews haven't been bribed yet, but perhaps that's what comes of voting too reliably Democratic. (Supporters of Israel have long since been disappointed in this White House.)

Still, not even Barack Obama can successfully buy the votes of 50 percent plus one of the American people. His argument to win over the unpurchased thus goes as follows: Sure the economy is worse than it could be, but if you vote Republican, you will be endorsing the very policies that brought on the recession and caused our current troubles. The policies President Obama most often cites as having caused the "mess" we're in are 1) the Bush tax cuts, and 2) "letting Wall Street write its own rules."

The president's contempt for the Bush tax cuts is an obsession. As the Huffington Post noted, he invoked Bush's supposed tax breaks "for millionaires and billionaires" at least 50 times during the congressional campaigns of 2010. They were, he protested, tax cuts "we cannot afford" and would require us to borrow from "China or the Saudis or whoever is buying our debt."

Yet President Obama has always favored preserving the Bush tax cuts for individuals who make less than $200,000 and married couples who earn less than $250,000. President Obama signed an extension of those tax cuts in 2010. Of the $544 billion that the extension of the tax cuts granted, $463 billion went to exactly those earning under $200,000. So President Obama supports — and has always supported — 85 percent of the Bush tax cuts. His rage against corporate jets and such is pure theater.

A redistributionist such as Obama ought to love even the tax cuts for the rich, because they resulted in the rich shouldering a higher percentage of the total tax burden. As The Wall Street Journal explained, "Taxes paid by millionaire households more than doubled to $274 billion in 2006 from $136 billion in 2003. No president has ever plied more money from the rich than George W. Bush did with his 2003 tax cuts." The Congressional Budget Office calculated that the Bush tax cuts shifted the total tax burden further toward the wealthy so that the total income tax paid by the top 40 percent of income earners grew by 4.6 percent to 99.1 percent of the total.

The Heritage Foundation's Brian Riedl examined Congressional Budget Office data that refuted Obama's favorite myth that the tax cuts "blew a hole in the deficit." In fact, revenues in 2006 were actually $47 billion greater than projected before the 2003 tax cuts. It was spending that created the deficits.

Along with his intellectual mentors in the Occupy movement, President Obama urges voters to believe that Wall Street greed and Republican "deregulation" caused the financial crisis of 2008. This is a fairy tale. President Carter initiated the deregulation of certain American industries (trucking and airlines), and President Reagan continued the trend. But financial services were never subject to deregulation and have, with the exception of Gramm-Leach-Bliley in 1999 (which had no effect on the financial crisis), seen increasing levels of regulation. As National Review's Veronique de Rugy noted, the budgets for financial and banking regulation rose by 26 percent during the Bush years. And while more spending doesn't guarantee better quality, it doesn't suggest a hands-off approach, either.

President Obama signed the 2,300-page Dodd/Frank law, which studiously ignores the real causes of the financial crisis (i.e., easy money and government incentives to engage in risky loans to uncreditworthy borrowers), institutionalizes "too big to fail," and exempts Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from oversight! Even in Washington, it's rare to find a law that is so misconceived, ineffectual and mischievous. That's what comes of letting Democrats write their own, and our, rules.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.


Comment on JWR contributor Mona Charen's column by clicking here.

Mona Charen Archives

© 2006, Creators Syndicate

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles