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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 July 22, 2011 / 20 Tamuz, 5771

How's That ‘Change’ Working out for you?

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama's big campaign promise was "change." He promised that if elected he would transform America. At his presidential announcement speech on February 10, 2007 two of his actual quotes are as follows:


"I'm in this race not just to hold an office, but to gather with you to transform a nation."

"In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it."


Then on October 31, 2008 as Election Day grew nearer, he said:


"We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." And he's been doing his best to live up to that promise ever since.

"Fundamentally transforming the United States of America."


That phrase always bothered me, because I happen to like America the way it is, the fairest and best country on the face of the earth - the one country where creativity, intelligence, and determination can pay off for anybody if you're willing to work hard for it. But Obama has been trying his best to change all that. After almost three years into his administration I'm convinced Obama believes in "social justice"(code for redistribution of the wealth) and complete federal government control.

Attempting to turn the United States into a European-style entitlement state is certainly "change," and a pretty radical change at that. Okay, we're not Belgium yet, but Obamacare is a damn good start in that direction - the first step to socialized medicine. All through the campaign he used the terms "transform" and "change" to describe what he would do if he became president. Since we're only a little over one year away from the next election, this might be a good time to examine just how well those "changes" are going so far.

Thanks to Obama's federal spending spree of the last three years, our debt crisis is now at the point where the credit-rating agencies are saying the U.S. is at the brink of losing the AAA rating it has had since 1917. Federal governmental spending, mostly on entitlement programs, is at its highest since World War II.

Last week Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said, "Every aspect of life in America today is worse than it was when [President Obama] took over. Unemployment higher. Interest rates higher. The only thing that has gone down in America over the last two years is the value of your home. This president has mismanaged this economy. He has been incompetent in his management of this economy,"

The old saying is "figures don't lie, so let's take a look at some figures. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in June 2008 was 5.6%. For June 2011 it was 9.2%. That's definitely change, I must admit. Check out these other stats. All of them from reliable sources as indicated in the ( ) brackets.

After almost three years of Obama ... Here's your Change:

Avgerage Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.
$1.83
$3.64
+84%
(1)

Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)
$43.48
$99.02
+127.7%
(2)

Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)
$38.74
$91.38
+135.9%
(2)

Gold: London (per troy oz.)
$853.25
$1,369.50
+60.5%
(2)

Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL
$3.56
$6.33
+78.1%
(2)

Soybeans No. 1 yellow
$9.66
$13.75
+42.3%
(2)

Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob
$13.37
$35.39
+164.7%
(2)

Number of unemployed
11,616,000
14,485,000
+24.7%
(3)

Number of fed. Employees
2,779,000
2,840,000
+2.2%
(3)

Real median household income
$50,112
$49,777
-0.7%
(4)

Number of food stamp recipients
31,983,716
43,200,878
+35.1%
(5)

Number of unemployment benefit recipients
7,526,598
9,193,838
+22.2%
(6)

Number of long-term unemployed
2,600,000
6,400,000
+146.2%
(3)

Poverty rate, individuals
13.2%
14.3%
+8.3%
(4)

People in poverty in U.S.
39,800,000
43,600,000
+9.5%
(4)

U.S. Rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings
5
9
n/a
(10)

A PLACE LIKE NO OTHER Present Situation Index
29.9
23.5
-21.4%
(11)

Failed banks
140
164
+17.1%
(12)

U.S. Dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate
89.76
82.03
-8.6%
(2)

U.S. Money supply, M1, in billions
1,575.1
1,865.7
+18.4%
(13)

U.S. Money supply, M2, in billions
8,310.9
8,852.3
+6.5%
(13)

National debt, in trillions
$10.627
$14.342
+32.2%
(14)


Sources:
(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor; (7) FHFA; ( Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury

Those are the stats and I've given you the sources, check them out for yourself. And as Election Day 2012 draws closer, just remember the words that were said in 2008 by the man of the future, the candidate of "change," Barack Obama, who declared to the world that his nomination would mark the moment "when the rise of oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." Are we healed yet, oh mighty B.O.?

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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