In this issue

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 7, 2009 / 17 Menachem-Av 5769

I'm Shocked! Shocked!

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Heard the latest news? The middle class is getting a tax hike. What a shock. I hate to say "I told you so," but I told you so. Yes indeedy, all you middle class geniuses who voted for "hope" and "change" can now HOPE that after the new tax increases kick in you're left with a bit of small CHANGE. Allow me to remind you once again of the actual words of President Barack Hussein Obama when he said in one of his eloquent campaign speeches, "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join me as we try to change it." Oh yeah. That's like a chef who says "This recipe is perfect. It's delicious! Okay, now let's change all the ingredients and measurements in it."

It seems Obama's treasury secretary and his chief economic advisor made the rounds of the Sunday morning TV news shows this past week to lay the ground work and let America know that higher taxes are a-comin'. Just like the shrimp boats in that old song, "taxes are a-comin'…they're comin' our way."

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Sunday he cannot rule out higher taxes to help tame an exploding budget deficit, and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers would not dismiss raising them on middle-class Americans as part of a health care overhaul. One guy says taxes are going up, the other guy says it will be on the middle-class. Ah, the old one/two punch. It's like good cop/bad cop except they're both bad cops.

Both of Obama's henchmen sidestepped questions on just what exactly Obama's intentions about taxes are. Geithner said the White House was not ready to rule out a tax hike to lower the federal deficit; and Summers said Obama's proposed health care overhaul needs funding from somewhere. Funding from somewhere? Gee, I wonder where that somewhere could be. Mars maybe?

Remember, during his presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly vowed "you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime." But, hey, HE WAS ONLY KIDDING! CAN'T YOU TAKE A JOKE? Or maybe it all depends on the meaning of the phrase "tax increase." Or maybe he meant you will not literally see your taxes increase one single DIME, but you will see your taxes increase by hundreds and hundreds of DOLLARS.

At the same time Geithner and other administration officials were threatening middle-class tax increases, they are contemplating how to ask Congress to extend -- again -- unemployment benefits for the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in recent months. More benefits to the unemployed, more benefits for welfare recipients, benefits for people buying new cars, benefits for people buying new homes, benefits for the auto industry, benefits for the mortgage industry, benefits, benefits all over the place.

The fact is if the Federal government keeps paying out benefits to some, they need to bring in more money from others. Period. Yes, it's just that simple. If you buy things; you've got to get money to pay for them. Every new federal program (such as healthcare), every new initiative (such as the so-called stimulus package), and every bailout (such as automobile and banking) will increase costs by the billions and trillions. If you don't raise the federal deficit, then you have got to raise taxes. Ain't no other way.

Want to raise taxes? Poor people don't care - they haven't got any money. Rich people don't care - they have so much money it doesn't bother them to loss a bit. It's the middle class that get shafted ….AGAIN! The great middle-class gets punched right in their great big middle. But remember …I told you so. I tried to warn you over a year ago. When oh when will you people listen to me? Why did I know this would happen? Is it because I'm so brilliant? No. It's just that I pay attention and do fact checking.

So you will excuse me if I adopt the Claude Rains attitude from "Casablanca" when he found out that illegal gambling was going on at Rick's Café Americain. To paraphrase Mr. Raines from that pictue, "Obama is raising taxes on the middle-class? Oh, I'm shocked! Shocked!"

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