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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 August 4, 2008 / 3 Menachem-Av 5768

Tax-Cut nation

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Every year, Washington spends more than it takes in. The federal deficit is expected to hit $482 billion next year. So why are both presidential candidates promising voters bigger government and more tax cuts? They must figure that if they don't, they lose.


I understand why John McCain wants to make permanent the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, and Obama wants to retain the cuts for families earning up to $250,000. When those cuts sunset after 2010, the child tax credit will shrink, the marriage penalty will return and Americans will see a big bump in their tax bills.


But why add more goodies? Why eliminate the income tax for seniors making less than $50,000 a year — as Obama proposes? Why suspend the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon over the summer — as McCain proposes?


Why more tax cuts? I asked the Obama campaign. Team Obama sent this statement: "President Bush's tax breaks to the special interests are what set us on the road to bankruptcy — Sen. Obama's tax cut plan is a common sense solution to our current economic crisis. Rather than giving additional tax breaks to oil companies and the richest 1 percent of the nation, Sen. Obama will provide $1,000 of tax relief to more than 95 percent of all Americans. Sen. Obama will put more money in the pockets of working Americans, while ensuring that our vital public programs — such as public education and veterans' health care — are fully funded."


OK, but that's the wrong approach. The Tax Policy Center figures, over 10 years, Obama's tax package would reduce federal revenues — read: increase the federal deficit — by $2.8 trillion. And that doesn't include the cost of his spending proposals.


In an interview Monday, McCain answered that tax cuts can stimulate the economy. His proposal to lower the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent is intended not to help "the fat cat," but to create jobs. Economist Gerald Prante of the nonpartisan Tax Foundation sees the McCain corporate-rate cut as one of McCain's better ideas — although McCain is "not really paying" for it.


Neither candidate is paying for his tax cuts. McCain made the mistake recently of telling ABC's George Stephanopoulos that nothing, not even a tax hike, is "off the table" when it comes to fixing Social Security and Medicare systems that are underfunded to the tune of $175,000 per American. Tax foes pounced. McCain retreated.


Too bad. McCain has a long history of fighting Washington's big-spending ways. He has been a fearless foe of earmarks. He voted against the pork-rich farm bill, which Obama supported. Ask me whom I trust to cut spending, and there's only one answer: McCain.


A Democratic Congress, with a President Obama, likely would spend, well, like he's George W. Bush. Voters tell pollsters that they want change. Do they? No serious White House would dare not to promise more something for nothing.

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