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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 April 12, 2006 / 14 Nissan, 5766

April, the most taxing month

By Pat Sajak


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's April, so it's hard not to think about taxes. No matter what you feel about our tax system — whether the rates are too high or too low, or whether the system, itself, is fair or unfair — virtually everyone agrees the thing is an absolute mess and a national disgrace. Nobody understands it, including the people who try to administer it, and every time politicians simplify it, they add a few hundred extra pages to the already-undecipherable code.


Of course, there will never be real simplification, because too many people have a vested interest in the mess they've helped create. Lawyers and accountants and tax preparers make billions helping us sift through the IRS rubble, and, of course, the politicians love the opportunity to micromanage our activities by manipulating tax laws. There's a lot of power hidden in all those rules.


But I have an idea. It's a simple one, but one that would fundamentally change the relationship between the government and the governed. Get rid of the withholding tax! It's the worst idea in a system crawling with horrible ideas. When the government takes your money before you ever get it, it does two things. First, it make you forget it really is your money they're spending. And, even worse, our elected leaders forget where it comes from, too.


But imagine if every tax-paying American had to sit down once a week or once a month — whatever the rules were to be — and write checks to the Feds and to the good folks in their state capitals. What if we could actually see and touch and feel our wages before we sent a big hunk of them off to others to be spent as they see fit.


Can you imagine the change in the level of interest we would all take in government? Can you imagine the questions we would ask and the accountability we would demand? We tend to think of government spending in terms of millions and billions and even trillions. But what if we could think of it in terms of the hundreds or thousands each of us would contribute regularly? Those annual lists of pork barrel projects would seem a little less amusing and a lot more aggravating. It's enough to make a politician sweat.


Which is why it'll never happen.

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