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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 January 29, 2010 / 14 Shevat 5770

Same pig, but different lipstick

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama evidently thinks he can solve his political problems by changing the lipstick on the pig.


In his State of the Union speech Wednesday, the president indicated he intends to press forward with the agenda voters in Massachusetts found so objectionable they sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate for the first time in 38 years.


A CNN poll released Tuesday indicated only 30 percent of Americans want Obamacare passed in anything approaching its present form. But in his SOTU, the president urged Congress: "Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close."


A CNN poll released Monday indicated nearly 75 percent of Americans think at least half the money in the "stimulus" bill passed in February — which the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday will cost $862 billion — has been wasted.


In a Rasmussen poll in December, 56 percent of respondents opposed a second stimulus bill (only 33 percent supported the idea). But in the SOTU, Mr. Obama urged the Senate to pass a $154 billion second stimulus bill the House passed last month.


Same pig, but different lipstick. It was a scaled down redo of what they'd passed in February, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Ca, told constituents in a "telephone town hall" Jan. 25, but "we've been told not to call it a stimulus bill, but a jobs bill."


In a Pew poll released Jan 21, global warming ranked last among 20 issues of concern to Americans. When the House passed last summer a bill to tax companies which emit carbon dioxide (cap and trade), A Rasmussen poll indicated 35 percent of respondents favored it, but 40 percent were opposed. Other polls indicate support for the concept, but not if cap and trade should cost jobs, or significantly increase the price of electricity. The Obama administration estimated the cap and trade bill would cost the typical household up to an addition $1,761 per year.

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In the SOTU, Mr. Obama, citing what he said was "the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change," called on the Senate to pass the cap and trade bill.


Concern about global warming has plummeted since it was disclosed that much of the evidence for global warming may have been fabricated. This has caused a problem for supporters of cap and trade legislation in the Senate.


But nothing, said Sen. John Kerry D-Mass, that can't be fixed by changing the color of the lipstick.


"We have not changed our goals one bit," Sen. Kerry said in an email to reporters Wednesday. "We're talking about setting a target for the reduction of pollution, which is why we don't call it cap and trade anymore."


There were some rhetorical gestures in the direction of moderation. After proposing tens of billions of dollars in new federal spending, Mr. Obama said he wanted to freeze discretionary federal spending (1/7th of the budget). He didn't mention he'd increased that spending 20 percent over what it had been in the last year of the Bush administration, and seemed annoyed when the audience tittered when he said the freeze wouldn't go into effect until the next fiscal year.


But overall, those — mostly Democrats who are scared out of their wits — who were hoping the president would tack toward the center were disappointed. Mr. Obama made it clear he'll continue to pursue the most left-wing agenda in our history.


The speech itself was odd. Mr. Obama spoke as if someone else had been president for the last year, as if some political party other than his own has a 40 seat majority in the House, a 19 seat majority in the Senate. It was a nakedly partisan speech, far more appropriate for a candidate for president than for a president.


Doesn't Mr. Obama care what Americans think? Or has he no clue? In his interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer Monday, he said the problem wasn't that his policies were bad, but that he hadn't explained them well enough. This from a guy who, according to CBS, made 411 speeches, press conferences and "public availabilities" in 2009. And people in Massachusetts voted for Scott Brown, he said, because they were still mad at George Bush.


Even when he says nutty things like that, President Obama would rather be judged on his words than on his deeds. But people care more about what a president does than what he says — no matter how much lipstick is slathered on the pig.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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