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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 19, 2011 / 14 Nissan, 5771

The Man Behind the Million Dollar Smile

By Bernard Goldberg



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | George Bernard Shaw was a perceptive man with a wry wit who apparently knew a little something about politics. Shaw, after all, is the one who said, "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

Or to put it less elegantly, "If you can tax the rich and give their money to everyone who isn't rich, you're not going to get a lot of opposition from the everyone else crowd."

This apparently is what President Obama is counting on as he runs for re-election. The wealthiest Americans, he tells us, need "to pay a little more." The implication is that the wealthy aren't paying — here comes one of those favorite phrases employed by liberal Democrats — "their fair share."

Actually, the wealthiest among us are paying a lot more than their fair share. The top one percent of taxpayers pay almost 40 percent of all federal income taxes. The top five percent pay nearly 60 percent. And the top 10 percent pay about 70 percent.

The bottom 50 percent of taxpayers pretty much don't pay any federal income tax — less than three percent. Those are the ones with no skin in the game. Let's call them Paul.

So it doesn't take a political genius to figure out Barack Obama's re-election strategy. This is the speech — with only a little exaggeration — you will be hearing a lot between now and Election Day 2012:

"If the Republicans have their way, old people will lose their homes. Many of them will be forced to live in cardboard boxes on the street. They will be eating dog food. Yes, we have to cut spending. But not that way. The Republicans will stop funding research that would save the lives of beautiful little children with cancer. That's not the America I want to live in. And why do they want to do this? For just one reason: To make sure millionaires and billionaires don't have to pay just a little more in taxes. If that's the America you want, vote Republican. But I think you're better than that."

Let's remember that you will be hearing some version of that speech from the man who during his first run for the White House, told us he would put an end to "the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long."

From the same man who when he got his party's nomination, said, "One of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other's character and patriotism."

From the same man who on election night said, "I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree."

It would be a waste of time to chastise President Obama for his grandiose hypocrisy. He's hardly the only politician who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. But for sheer cynicism, he's the best.

The same Barack Obama who supposedly abhors partisanship and pettiness practically called Paul Ryan un-American for proposing a budget Mr. Obama doesn't like. And he does this after inviting Mr. Ryan to listen to his speech from a front row seat — an echo of when the President chastised members of the U.S. Supreme Court, who were sitting just a few feet in front of him during his State of the Union message, for a decision he didn't agree with.

If Barack Obama didn't have that great smile and easy-going manner, he would be seen for what he really is: an old fashioned, at times downright nasty, Chicago politician who would throw his minister under thebus if he thought it would further his career.

Sorry, I forgot: Mr. Obama has already done that.

But with so many people named Paul out there, and with so few Peters, the president's cynical class warfare strategy may work. Besides, incumbents usually win re-election. That's the bad news for Republicans.

The good news is that the last time he ran everything was going his way: John McCain was not an especially attractive candidate. George Bush was an albatross around Mr. McCain's neck. The American people usually don't pick a president from the same party three times in a row. The financial meltdown ended any chance that McCain had.

On top of that, Barack Obama was new and fresh and plenty of people believed him when he said he was not your typical politician. And we haven't even mentioned the slobbering love affair he had with the so-called mainstream media.

So 2008 was something akin to political perfection for Barack Obama, with so many good things falling his way. The problem is you can only make first impressions once. Nothing will ever be that perfect for Barack Obama again. The latest Gallup poll shows President Obama with just a 41 percent job approval. And that ties his low. Maybe even Paul is getting tired of Mr. Obama's act.

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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.


Previously:

04/12/11: What's the Difference Between Libs in Politics and Libs in the Media? 04/08/11: An Idea Whose Time Has Come — and Gone 03/28/11: The Pundits Are Driving Me Crazy --- And You Thought Qadaffi Is Nuts
03/14/11: No Liberal Bias at NPR — Just Ask NPR
03/10/11: The media's frustration
03/01/11: Progressives Lost in Time . . .
02/23/11: The Lamestreams Strike Again --- This Time in Madison
02/03/11: You MUST Own a Gun --- Or Else!
01/20/11: It Was Horrible, I tell you … HORRIBLE!
01/11/11: Here We Go Again . . .
01/06/11: You Go, Oprah
12/28/10: A Year-Ender --- The MSM and Obama's Fall from Grace 12/14/10: Thank
Heaven for Rich People

12/02/10: The Phony Nobility of Wikileaks

© 2011, Bernard Goldberg

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