Jewish World Review Oct. 4, 2013/ 30 Tishrei, 5774
Dim sum for the mind: A selection of tidbits spicy, sour and sweet
By Paul Greenberg
The president might have been able to get a joint resolution through
As has been observed before, it can be dangerous to be an enemy of
There may have been sound strategic, tactical or political reasons for retreat in each or all of those earlier cases. Other countries may have been abandoned because our policymakers lacked foresight, as when the West allowed the communists to take over the republican cause during the fateful Spanish Civil War, not realizing it was only the rehearsal for what would prove an even greater tragedy, the Second World War.
During the last century an American theologian and realist named
As the American economy continues to struggle, this president's approach to it is proving about as successful as his foreign policy -- that is, not very.
It was John Maynard Keynes who famously warned: "The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves of some defunct economist." His words acquire an additional layer of irony now that he himself has joined the company of defunct economists.
Remember how, if you're satisfied with the health insurance you now have through your employer, you won't be affected by Obamacare? Tell it to another 160,000 Americans, this time those who work for the
But they'll have plenty of company.
It now seems so long ago that we were told how simple and smooth -- and affordable -- Obamacare would be. Call it Broken Promise No. 153.
It's not as if the folks at
Now the federal government -- that's you and me, fellow taxpayer -- is going to pay some 75 percent of these public employees' insurance premiums. These generous subsidies are reserved for members of
Picking up my dry cleaning the other day, I heard the sounds of a fight brewing right behind me. A man and woman were arguing over who was next in line. The lady insisted the gentleman had been there first, while the gentleman insisted she go first, as ladies should. In the end she graciously relented and agreed to precede him. If a thought balloon like the kind used in the comics had formed above my head, it would have consisted of a line from an old ditty
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