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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 March 26, 2009 / 1 Nisan 5769

Washington's math problem becomes ours

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The American people already knew Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had a math problem. After all, what else could account for innocent errors on years of income tax returns, errors that compelled him to pay $42,700 in back taxes and penalties for the privilege of enforcing IRS statutes on his fellow citizens?


But it isn't only Geithner who has issues with numbers. The entire Obama administration, the Democratic leadership of Congress and even liberal advocacy groups who parrot the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda are proving themselves to be numerically challenged.


Take the furor over AIG bonuses. The exclusion Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., slipped into the so-called stimulus package — at the behest of the administration — put $165 million of taxpayer money into the pockets of AIG executives.


Treasury officials had known about the bonuses for months. And for all of his "Tonight Show" indignation, President Obama could have actually done something to claw back those bonuses he was so "shocked" to learn about.


On March 2, the Obama administration poured another $30 billion of public funds into AIG. That's billion with a "b," or 181 times the value of the bonuses AIG's head honchos received.


A president who understood those numbers would have made AIG management an offer it couldn't refuse: Pay back the bonuses, or kiss the bailout money, your company and your jobs goodbye. Instead, we're treated to the spectacle of the White House opposing — but not too strenuously — congressional measures to tax the bonuses out of existence.


That's the same lame tack the White House took when members of Congress were larding up the fiscal 2009 spending bill, despite Obama's professed opposition to the abuse of earmarks.


House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., penned an op-ed in USA Today defending the Democrats' management of the budget process, noting that earmarks constituted less than 2 percent of the $410 billion measure. Media Matters, a reliable mouthpiece for all things Democratic, echoed the "less than 2 percent" defense on its County Fair media blog.


Again, look at the numbers. Those $8 billion in earmarks are 48 times the value of the AIG bonuses. The bonuses represent only .02 percent of the $787 billion stimulus package.


And, by the way, remember when Democrats were ramming that special-interest treat down the taxpayers' throats? Way back then in February, any federal spending — any at all — was considered to be essential to save the economy. Perhaps Team Obama had in mind that AIG executives would use the bonuses to pay their gardeners and au pairs and leave nice tips for the concierge.


The messiah of fiscal spending salvation, John Maynard Keynes, wrote that in economic downturns, even having the Treasury fill old bottles with bank notes, bury them in the ground and then allowing private enterprise to dig them up would have a positive effect. Geithner and Dodd simply bypassed the manual labor and buried the money in the arcane language of a spending monstrosity President Obama insisted needed to be passed without a moment's deliberation.


Here's another number: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported last week that the deficits under the Obama budget exceed those anticipated by the White House by $2.3 trillion over 10 years. That's trillion with a "t." The CBO's projection of a $9.3 trillion deficit from the Obama budget dwarfs the AIG bonuses by a factor of 53,364.


Two more numbers: 18 senior positions in the Treasury Department that require a presidential nomination and Senate confirmation; and one, the single nomination President Obama has made until this week, Timothy Geithner, during what he describes as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.


President Obama should forget about his crummy scores in the White House bowling alley. The only numbers that count right now are in the economy. And so far, he's throwing far too many gutter balls.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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