30 Jun 2010
How right Prof. Rubenstein is. Although few people actually say that Obama is a menace to Western Civilization, many think it. And I know some people who voted for Obama and still support him who NEVER watch the news or listen to Obama and see his actions.
30 Jun 2010
my 87 yr old jewish father finally admitted to me last night that "Obama fooled me!" Dad was a loyal supporter of Ted Kennedy, so after his endorsement.
I tried again and again to convince him that it was because Kennedy's dying wishes were ANY FORM OF NATIONAL HEALTH CARE and Biden as VP.
His ears went deaf. Now that the inheritance tax is increasing on 1/11/11, his ears have finally perked up.
He remembers the 30's depression well and "believed Obama, the liberal", would follow FDR's philosophy:
When Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933, about 18 million Americans were in immediate need of food, clothing, medical care-and most of all, jobs. For his administration, the notion of a “jobless recovery” would have been an anathema. The health of the nation was tied directly to the DIGNITY OF WORK People needed jobs not merely to put food on the table, but also to maintain their physical, psychological and economic well-being.
It was government’s responsibility to provide for the “general welfare.” So in the midst of an economic crisis that had produced the highest unemployment figures in our nation’s history, he did not hesitate to use the power of the state to provide the jobs the private sector had failed to generate.
The Civilian Conservation Corps, put hundreds of thousands of young men to work regenerating our nation’s depleted forests, preventing soil erosion, and enhancing our national parks.
The Civil Works Administration, provided work for more than 4 million Americans building schools, roads, and bridges, or as teachers in rural districts
Tthe Works Progress Administration, between 1935 and 1938 employed 5 million people to help build the economic infrastructure we still enjoy today.
These programs were not government hand-outs. They provided real jobs to real people. They improved our natural resources and quality of life and brought America’s economic infrastructure into the modern world.
No one expected these programs to continue indefinitely. But they dramatically reduced unemployment in a moment of crisis and prevented what FDR called the “atrophy” of the work force. They also brought hope and DIGNITY to millions through the one thing most able-bodied Americans want more than anything else-a job.
Dad has written again and again to the neophyte staff in the White House. His works of wisdom have gone unheeded. Isn’t it time we adopted the same approach to our own recovery from the Great Recession?
2 Jul 2010
Berel Dov Lerner
I am (to a degree) less suspicious of Pres. Obama. I have a feeling that his policies towards Israel largely reflect the influence of left-wing Israelis who have abandoned Israel's domestic democratic politics and who are instead pusuing their policy goals by convincing foreign governments and organizations to pressure Israel from the outside. Take note of the convenient invention of J-Street, the setting up of a Washington office of Betselem, etc. just in time for Obama's presidency. I would like to hear Prof. Rubenstein's comments on the latest developments regarding the Iran sanctions. (Prof. Rubenstein, if you read this, you can write to me personally!)