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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 17, 2011 / 17 Menachem-Av, 5771

Tax credits for job creation

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's high time -- way past time, in fact -- for Washington to try a surefire economic stimulus solution to create jobs in this debt-crippled economy. It's a plan that can win plaudits from all manner of pols and ideologues, from the extreme left to the ultra right.

Give tax credits to all companies that hire new workers.

It is the ultimate Republican tax-cutting plan: It rewards the private sector for acting in its own best interest. And it gives wary companies that are now just hording their profits the confidence that can get them to start expanding again.

It is the ultimate Democratic jobs-generating plan: It guarantees results before federal tax dollars are spent.

It is the ultimate Tea Party no-new-taxes/no-new programs populist plan: It produces the new jobs without government or adding reams of red tape.

It is more Keynesian than anything ever produced by Mom and Pop Keynes.

And mainly, it is, by definition, the most shovel-ready plan any economist can conjure: No federal money would be wasted on any so-called "shovel ready" programs that pile up, forever un-shoveled, in national compost heaps of old economic theories decomposed by layers of bureaucratic and construction permit realities run amok.

"Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected," President Barack Obama lamented last June to his Council on Jobs Competitiveness. Of course, it was fair to wonder why a president's best and brightest could not have discovered that in advance and warned him before he approved some $800 billion in stimulus programs. But we are not about such hindsight today.

Our focal point today is that by using job-generating tax credits to prime our economic pumps, not a dollar of Washington's money would be spent before the private sector has created and filled the jobs. A side benefit of this is that this is not one of those programs that reward the special interests that have invested in our politicians -- presidents and senators and representatives -- by giving them campaign money as a down payment for future access and consideration. All employers have a chance at getting this tax credit -- all they need to do is hire new employees.

This is an idea I thought made good sense when Obama became president amid a catastrophic recession and jobs crisis. Now it turns out that the template for it already exists -- it was just created by President Obama.

On August 5, Obama announced a program to give firms tax credits for hiring unemployed military veterans. Obama's Returning Heroes Tax Credit would give companies that hire unemployed veterans a $2,400 maximum credit for every short-term hire and $4,800 for every long-term hire. His plan would give companies a $9,600 maximum credit for every long-term hire of a veteran with service-connected disabilities.

Well, if works for creating jobs for unemployed military veterans, why not expand it to include all unemployed Americans? That Republican-sounding idea was raised the day Obama announced his veterans program -- by the former chair of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer.

"The President today started talking about a very sensible plan of you know a tax cut for firms that hire veterans," Romer, who resigned her job last year, said on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher.'' "...There are 15 million other unemployed people. Let's do a big tax cut for any firm that's willing to hire. .. Someone, I think, ought to be making the case for swinging for the fences, not small programs."

Think big, swing big. This week, President Obama appeared in our living rooms looking just like the pack of Republicans in Iowa campaigning for his job. While attacking his GOP opponents in campaign-style events in the Midwest, Obama announced a plan to announce: he will be announcing a new economic resuscitation, jobs-creation economic plan -- next month.

August is no vacation month for America's 15 million unemployed -- it's just another crisis month. So why not get started now?

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Previously:


07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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