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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 Dec. 22, 2010 / 15 Teves, 5771

Resurrection

By Ed Koch




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Public support for President Obama increased last week as a result of his successful negotiations with the Republicans. He gave the Republicans what they wanted -- a two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and to the top one percent of taxpayers, 26.8 percent of the extended tax reductions.

The President's compromise with the Republicans also included the reduction in the estate tax from 55 percent to 35 percent plus increasing the nontaxable estate from one to five million for a single person and two to ten million for couples. Several commentators say these measures should help spur the economy, which if it happens will help President Obama get reelected in 2012.

My own belief is that the estate tax, called the death tax by Republicans, should not be at a higher rate than individuals pay as income taxes. The Republican argument that the deceased have already paid income taxes on the wealth they have earned has some merit. Republicans say that those seeking higher income taxes on the wealthy are engaging in class warfare. Senator Schumer has defined wealthy as having an income of $1 million or more.

Republicans should realize, however, that we do have a progressive income tax where the wealthy are expected to pay more. Regrettably, as I have pointed out in a prior commentary, many of the wealthy do not. One of the least known tax injustices was revealed byThe New York Times when it pointed out that the top 400 taxpayers who earned $250 million on average in 2005 paid income taxes at a 17.2 percent rate. That rate is lower than that of a family making between $50,000 and $75,000 a year, which is 17.4 percent. It is a continuing outrage that under our tax code some of the wealthy pay a lower percentage of income taxes than the middle class.

However, the Republicans and Independents who now say nice things about the President and are deliriously happy that he abandoned his left-wing Democratic base will not in all probability be part of the reelect Obama campaign. They will not carry his petition to get him on state ballots or ultimately vote for him. His Democratic base will probably come back to him between now and 2012, there being no Democrat on the horizon interested in running against him.

Nevertheless, the intense anger directed at the President was reflected in the House Democratic Caucus when only one Democrat supported his tax package which now includes all the Bush tax cuts. It was shocking for many Democrats that at the bill signing which every Republican legislative leader attended, neither Speaker Nancy Pelosi nor Majority Leader Harry Reid put in an appearance. I found it amusing that when the President announced the names of those joining him at the signing ceremony, he used their full names until he got to Mitch McConnell, the Republican Minority Leader, referring to him simply as "Mitch." Up to now Mitch was "Dr. No," and someone the President had not met with for 18 months.

President Obama, through luck, talent, and a Clintonian ability to adapt to new times, appears to have the proverbial nine lives of a cat. If the President's compromises turn the economy around, resulting in his reelection, then he will have the last laugh in 2012.

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