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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 July 10, 2009 / 18 Tamuz 5769

Blame Obama

By Linda Chavez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When will the failing U.S. economy become President Obama's problem? To date, the president seems immune to criticism of his handling of the economy, except from conservatives. Job losses continue to mount, despite his promises that his "stimulus" plan would create jobs and stop rising unemployment. The housing market shows no sign of imminent recovery, with prices continuing to decline and more homeowners falling behind on their payments. Retail sales fell again in June, with even value stores like Costco experiencing drops in sales. And the federal debt has risen under President Obama to its highest level as a percentage of gross domestic product since the U.S. was coping with the debt incurred in World War II.


Meanwhile the president went off to Russia to negotiate dubious arms agreements while administration officials back home plotted the nationalization of one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy: the health system.


In January, the Obama team said that unemployment would level off at about 8 percent with the passage of a nearly trillion-dollar stimulus plan. The stimulus package was supposed to create 1-3 million new jobs — but to date even the White House claims only 150,000 jobs have been created or saved by their profligate spending. Let's see, the math on that works out to about $5 million per job.


It's not even clear that the paltry 150,000 jobs are real. Unemployment figures show that nearly 2 million people have lost jobs since the stimulus plan took effect. The White House calculations depend on a formula used to predict job creation based on government spending and tax cuts, but the formula doesn't actually count jobs. But even if you accept the Obama administration's claims, a disproportionate number of those jobs appear to have gone to Obama's union allies: namely, the teachers unions, autoworkers, and state and local public employees. But, not to worry, the administration now says that by August 750,000 jobs will have been created or saved by mortgaging America's future.


The liberal Urban Institute and Brookings Institution estimate that by 2011, the federal debt will equal GDP for the nation. Liberals love to talk about the Reagan-era arms buildup and how it increased national debt. But during the Reagan era, debt as a proportion of GDP averaged about 43 percent of GDP. Given the failure of the Obama plans so far, there is no way that we can grow our way out of this crushing debt burden, which means our children and grandchildren can expect a substantially lower standard of living.


This is a remarkable turn of events. Obama is not entirely to blame — but he shows absolutely no idea how to get us out of the mess we're in. Instead, he offers only more government spending on borrowed money, as if that were the path to real growth. Sooner or later, the public will catch on. Obama's popularity is already starting to slip. The latest Gallup tracking poll puts his overall approval at 56 percent, down from a high of about 70 percent when he took office. But a breakdown of his support among different demographic groups in the Gallup polls shows that he's down below 50 percent approval among those who identify themselves as "pure Independent" and among regular church-goers, and at 52 and 54 percent approval, respectively, among whites and persons who are married.


The Rasmussen Reports daily tracking polls now show that more Americans strongly disapprove of President Obama's job performance than approve: 38 percent to 30 percent. And on his handling of the economy, an even higher percentage of Americans give President Obama low marks: 43 percent. Obama is beginning to show weakness among men, a perennial disability for Democrats. Nearly half of all men, 46 percent, now strongly disapprove of the job the president is doing. Nonetheless, even Rasmussen, which has generally showed lower approval for Obama, indicates that a slight majority of Americans, 51 percent, at least somewhat approve of Obama's job performance.


Gallup estimates that most recent presidents have enjoyed an average seven-month honeymoon. Obama's grace period is about to end — maybe then he'll be held accountable for how badly he's set back the economic recovery.

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