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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 Jan 26 , 2012/ 2 Shevat, 5772

A presidential rerun

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Summertime is usually when TV networks air repeats of shows we've already seen. In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, the president got a five-month jump on the summer season by re-running a class-envy video he has broadcast more times than local stations have shown episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show."

Instead of a credible assessment of the state of the union, which is not good, the president delivered a slightly toned down campaign speech. We heard more of the same about how "the rich" aren't paying their "fair share" in taxes.

There was an unserious nod to government overspending to which he has massively contributed. Why should those of us who work for a living give more money to a government that under Democrats and Republicans has been such a poor steward of what we have already provided? Confiscating all of the wealth of Mitt Romney, Warren Buffett and every other billionaire and millionaire in the country would have a negligible effect on the national debt, unless government decided to live within taxpayers' means.

Having Warren Buffett's secretary, Debbie Bosanek, in the gallery with first lady Michelle Obama was cheap theatrics. If the president doesn't think it "fair" that she pays a higher tax percentage than her boss, let him ask Congress to lower her percentage with a flat tax. Bosanek may pay a higher tax rate, but Buffett pays a lot more money to the federal government.



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President Obama wants four more years to continue the policies he's inflicted on us the last three years. Why would anyone believe that his policies, which are not succeeding and can't succeed, will miraculously work given more time?

In his 2009 State of the Union Address, the president promised to "cut the deficit in half" by January 2013. He is headed in the opposite direction to the tune of $4 trillion in additional spending and a debt that exceeds $15 trillion. If he breaks that promise, should he be held accountable?

In his address to Congress, the president spoke of the need to create jobs, but he has rejected one of the easiest methods of creating jobs by opposing the Keystone XL pipeline project in order to curry favor with environmentalists. Some estimates put the jobs potential at 20,000. Canada, meanwhile, is threatening to sell the oil that could have been ours to China. The president will create jobs in China, not America.

This president has squandered a great opportunity. As the country's first African-American president, Barack Obama had the chance to lead poor African-Americans out of poverty by encouraging them to embrace the principles that would allow them to become self-reliant instead of stoking envy of the successful. He had that responsibility. He has failed to live up to it. That is a tragedy, not only for him, but for those he left behind.

Envy has never created a single job, put a family back together, encouraged a man to provide for his children or endowed young women with the kind of self-regard that would encourage them not to create children they too often neglect. The state of many poor African-Americans remains how it has been for years -- too many fatherless children, too many uneducated, hopeless women and too many men in prison. President Obama might have done something about that beyond more government programs and handouts. Tuesday night, he spoke of no more government handouts. Which ones will he cut?

Optimism, self-regard and the economic, social and spiritual principles that built and sustained America, offering opportunity, not guaranteed outcome, are what the president should be stressing. Government is not our keeper. We are our own and our neighbor's keepers. Addicting more and more people to government and the view that others owe them a living is the worst form of covetousness. In case the president missed it in Jeremiah Wright's church, there's a commandment against coveting your neighbor's property.


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