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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

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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

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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

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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. 9, 2011 / 13 Kislev, 5772

Obama Is No Teddy Roosevelt

By Linda Chavez



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama channeled Teddy Roosevelt this week in a speech in Osawatomie, Kan. Supporters are calling it the most significant economic speech of his administration.

But critics rightly point out that the Teddy Roosevelt whom Obama invoked was not the beloved 26th president and standard-bearer of the GOP. Instead, it was the radicalized third-party candidate seeking a third term and the man whose progressivism was a precursor to the rise of big government in the later 20th century. What's more, President Obama's speech was so full of reckless accusations and misinformation that The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog gave it three Pinocchios, signifying "significant factual errors."

President Obama has a history of comparing himself to American giants — from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan. So it's no surprise that he would choose to give his speech in the same town as Teddy Roosevelt's 1910 address. But whenever Obama invokes past heroes, he ends up looking smaller. And this week's speech was a prime example.

Roosevelt at least acknowledged that he was launching a radical platform; whatever one might think about the progressivism he was trying to usher in, Roosevelt was man enough to admit that what he was proposing was a huge departure from the past. Obama, on the other hand, tried to cloak much of what he said in soothing rhetoric, invoking his grandparents' Kansas roots and depicting a long-lost time when "hard work paid off, responsibility was rewarded, and anyone could make it if they tried — no matter who you were, where you came from or how you started out."

This president seems to think that period in American history is now gone — and he blames corporations and the rich for destroying it. But he pulled his punches in the speech, never quite owning up to the implications of what he was saying.

For example, when Obama claimed that "huge advances in technology have allowed businesses to do more with less and made it easier for them to set up shop and hire workers anywhere in the world," he never quite had the nerve to describe how he would solve the problem. Teddy Roosevelt thought big corporations were the enemy of the common man and proposed a Bureau of Corporations to control their power. Would Obama like to prevent companies from shipping jobs overseas? No doubt he would — but he won't say it directly.

Doing so might risk his ability to raise political contributions from donors whose wealth comes from profits made because cheaper labor is available offshore. And it might offend many middle-class, even poor, people who realize that their lives are better because they have access to cheaper goods made in China, Thailand, Mexico and elsewhere — goods they couldn't afford if American workers were producing them.

So instead of launching into a radical critique of American capitalism, the president hints around the edges. He plays class warfare, even while he protests that he isn't. Instead of embracing redistribution of wealth directly, he creates straw men, as he did over and over again in the speech.

He claimed that it's unfair for construction workers, teachers, and nurses earning $50,000 a year "to pay a higher tax rate than somebody pulling in $50 million," and that a "quarter of all millionaires now pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households." He even said that "some billionaires have a tax rate as low as 1 percent."

But as The Washington Post pointed out, of the top 400 wealthiest individuals in the U.S. in 2008 (the last year for which such data is available), most paid in excess of 35 percent in taxes and "only 17 had a marginal rate of zero to 26 percent." Even the Post acknowledged that for this handful of individuals, there might well be reasonable explanations why they paid so little, including that they earned little or nothing that year.

If Barack Obama were really another Teddy Roosevelt, he'd take his chances and say what he means. If he wants to redistribute wealth and tell corporations how much profit they can earn and how many workers they must hire, let him take his case to the American people.

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JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)

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