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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 25, 2008 / 24 Menachem-Av 5768

Renewing America's Promise Means Lots of Goodies

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Democrats used to love to bash President Bush for sending America to war without asking Americans to sacrifice. Now that it is an election year, you won't hear the s-word coming out of their lips. The Democratic National Committee draft platform is all goodies.


The draft, "Renewing America's Promise," says the party will heed the American desire to "abandon the politics of partisan division" — and they are eager to do so, as soon as they are done blaming Republicans for high gasoline prices, the mortgage meltdown and an "unnecessary war." (You would never guess that half of this year's Democratic presidential candidates voted to authorize that war.)


And: "The American people do not want government to solve all our problems." But the Dems still promise to "provide immediate relief to working people who have lost their jobs, families who have lost their homes, and people who have lost their way." (Read: everyone.)


Pay attention, grasshopper. The DNC wants an America in which "every American is empowered to be a watchdog and a whistle blower."


Other language is easier to understand. Just think dollar signs. Lots of dollar signs. There's the "immediate energy rebate" — Obama has proposed a rebate sequel that would send $1,000 to families to make up for high fuel prices. It's part of a plan to spend $50 billion to jumpstart the economy. Seniors win, too. "Renewing America's Promise" calls for eliminating income taxes for seniors who make less than $50,000 a year — because "every senior deserves to live out their life with dignity and respect." (Now they think it's not dignified to pay taxes?)


The draft platform promises to provide every American access to "affordable, comprehensive health care," and to achieve "long-overdue mental health and addiction treatment parity." That's right: The Dems will expand the number of people who receive subsidized health care, provide better benefits, and you apparently don't have to worry about costs going up. Because the Dems are going to eliminate waste in the medical system, they "will save the typical family up to $2,500 per year."


Also, under Plan DNC, "All Americans should be empowered to promote wellness." Tax cuts for most families. No taxes at all for millions of seniors. A boost in the Earned Income Tax Credit. Plus, health care for all — that saves families money. Sound too good to be true?


But what if you don't have a job? No problem. The platform promises to "develop innovative transitional job programs that place unemployed people into temporary jobs and train them for permanent ones."


This draft does not reflect Obama's and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's newfound (if overdue) openness to offshore oil drilling. Ergo: "We know we can't drill our way to energy independence." There are the usual salutes to biofuels and plug-in hybrid cars, which should "help free us from the tyranny of oil."


The draft platform says the Democrats can "solve the problem of four dollar a gallon gas" — one hopes not with $5 a gallon gas. And the draft pledges to make America 50 percent more energy efficient by 2030, to make 25 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2025, and they'll double fuel efficiency standards — no date on that.


The Democratic platform would raise the child-care tax credit, "provide every child access to quality, affordable early childhood education," and double funding for after-school and summer learning programs. Then, there's the commitment to special education and "transitional bilingual education."


A "new American Opportunity Tax Credit" would cover the first $4,000 of a college education for most Americans — in exchange for which students will perform community service. It's a great way to create Democrats — by putting practically every college kid on the government payroll.


How to pay for all these bright packages? Chances are that you won't have to give, but only will get, get, get. "We won't increase taxes on any family earning under $250,000 and we will offer additional tax cuts for middle class families," the Dems promise. Those making more than $250,000 will be "asked" — "asked" (it's almost European) — "to pay a bit more." The energy mandates will be funded "by dedicating a portion of the revenues generated by an economy wide cap and trade program" on greenhouse gases. It's barely worthy of mention.


Then the platform promises a return to fiscal responsibility. Really.

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