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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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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?

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Dec. 29, 2010 / 22 Teves, 5771

Obama hasn't overcome his opponents but emboldened them

By Tony Blankley




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Don't believe all the Washington talk that President Obama had a great lame-duck session and goes into the new year and the new 112th Congress with the whip hand. It's utter nonsense.

Let's review the lame-duck session as it happened - not as it has been instantly revised by the ever-obliging Washington press corp.

In the first week or so, the president capitulated to Ronald Reagan's supply-side theory that tax cuts expand the economy and tax increases contract it. The central policy was not to let the George W. Bush tax cuts expire, not only because that would be tough on middle-class taxpayers but also, the White House argued, because keeping tax rates down would be good for the economy.

Even the great triangulator, Bill Clinton, never conceded this point. In 1993, he raised taxes by about $400 billion to manage the deficit. And, while the economy slowed briefly to a mere 1.9 percent growth of gross domestic product, the new dot-com technology business brought us the great economic expansion of the later 1990s, and thusMr. Clinton never conceded to the supply-side theory.

Don't think Mr. Obama merely took a week of embarrassment for that concession in December. We economic conservatives still are cheerfully reminding the public half a century later that President Kennedy endorsed supply-side marginal tax cuts. You can bet Republicans will be reminding the public decades from now that "even Barack Obama" agreed to supply-side tax-cut theory "way back in 2010." This is a historical intellectual capitulation of the first order by the Democratic Party president.

After that political defeat, the president had to endure another weak week when his party leaders in the Senate tried to jam through a trillion-dollar spending bill with more than 6,000 earmarks. Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky held firm, and Tea Partiers across the country began to roar - and Mr. Obama's allies quickly capitulated, with the White House agreeing to a short-term extension of spending, importantly leaving most of the 2011 spending in the hands of the incoming 112th Congress, not the infamous spendthrift 111th.

This was a second defeat for Mr. Obama and his party - which, please remember, continued to hold its huge majorities in both the House and the Senate.

The final week of the lame-duck session is the thin reed on which Mr. Obama's supposed lame-duck success is constructed. He lost on his goal of passing the Dream Act - which was designed to appeal to Hispanic votes. However, he succeeded - on a bipartisan basis - in ending "don't ask don't tell (DADT) and getting the new START confirmed.

Passage of the DADT repeal was a legislative victory. But if - as most of our nonpoliticized senior military officers and about 60 percent of our combat-troop rank and file think - this new policy will reduce recruitment and re-upping at a time when combat-troop shortages are already hampering field success - there may be a long-term price for this short-term legislative success. If, on the other hand, no serious problems emerge, I don't think the DADT repeal gives Mr. Obama any special political advantage in the out years.

Finally, New START was confirmed in the Senate with most Democratic senators and a large handful of Republicans. This is hardly a partisan triumph. Almost the entire Republican foreign-policy establishment supported it. Even the Republican senators who opposed its December passage were only holding out for some minor amendments on nuclear modernization and missile-defense authorization.

They got a promise from the president of $80 billion for nuclear modernization - which six months ago would have been called a GOP triumph - and still is.

They also got a letter from the White House saying that the treaty does not conflict with our right to develop missile defense - another triumph for the GOP from a White House that has shown little enthusiasm for our defensive technologies.

Only because the Republican Senate leaders unshrewdly did not take yes for an answer - and continued to oppose START - did the president get the appearance of a victory.

In fact , despite Mr. Obama's belief that it is historically consequential, the confirmation of the New START is a minor foreign-policy matter. (Thirty years ago, during the Cold War, it would have been a central accomplishment.) The real nuclear threats today are from Iran and North Korea - on both fronts of which Mr. Obama is an utter failure, as was his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Despite the sobriquet "the Comeback Kid" given to Mr. Obama by the brilliant, normally politically spot-on conservative gentleman and columnist Charles Krauthammer, Mr. Obama has not come back.

Mr. Clinton gave himself that compliment after he came in second in the New Hampshire Democratic Party presidential primary just days after he and Hillary had appeared on "60 Minutes" to admit, in the face of the Gennifer Flowers illicit sex scandal, that their marriage had been rocky but would survive (which it famously has.). In Mr. Clinton's case, he has come back politically.

In Mr. Obama's case, he enters 2011 facing more than 80 new Republican members of Congress and senators, most of whom would make Barry Goldwater look soft on limited government and deficit spending.

On those central issues of 2011, Mr. Obama either capitulates or storms in defiance and gridlock. He has not come back from political crisis - he has only inflamed his formidable opposition across the country.

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Tony Blankley is executive vice president of Edelman public relations in Washington. Comment by clicking here.

© 2010, Creators Syndicate

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