Some Democrats argue that Republican “obstructionism” and “constant DC infighting” is holding back the job market, but looking back at some of the most chaotic moments in Washington politics of the last 40 years, one sees that the job market continued doing just fine despite “infighting.” Heck, even with an economy 1/3 the current size and off the heels of the 1973 oil crisis, the US produced 1.3 million jobs in the 12 months leading up to Nixon’s resignation. Perhaps the two millions jobs of the last 12 months is not the best considering the current size of the economy, but that is at the feet of Obama’s weak economic policies. Infighting, as recent history shows, has nothing to do with it. See Chart Here
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Bill, Hillary and Obama’s tweets and posts about Nelson Mandela are very self-centered. The Clintons called him Madiba; the name used for him out of affection, and Bill’s tweet showed him sitting with Mandela (“my friend Madiba”). The WH posted a photo of Obama visiting Mandela’s prison cell. Bush 43 on the other hand did nothing of this kind. His center simply released a short statement, which is interesting because Bush did more for South Africa (which Mandela led 1994-1999) than Obama and Clinton combined as illustrated in my tweet:
In a post published on her Facebook Page, New York City Councilwoman-Elect Laurie Cumbo who will be representing residents of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, has shocked most elected officials and community leaders by suggesting that part of the reasoning behind the knockout attacks against Jews might stem from jealousy of Jewish success.
The Stock Market moves one way or another based on the monthly Employment Report from the payroll firm ADP. Every month, two days before Government releases its own estimate, ADP releases a report of how many private sector jobs have been added or lost in the previous month. ”It has had an average miss of 41,000,” John Briggs from RBS told CNBC, but the fact is ADP has been off by only a few thousand jobs per month and here is the what people like Briggs are missing:
If you are a family of four living in Brooklyn with a personal pre-tax income of $71,000 a year, good luck trying to pay for health insurance.
Here is the simple math:
If Child Health Plus will be around in 2014, you will pay $90 a month to cover your two children. This is a $1,080 cost for the year; which is indeed very cheap and a great help for taxable families. However, if you and your spouse want to enroll in a middle of the road (Silver) Obamacare Plan, you will need to pay an after-subsidy annual premium of $6,745, excluding your children’s coverage.
Secretary of State John Kerry thinks you are stupid or that it’s 1972 and no one can double-check news and facts! Following the collapse of the Nuclear talks with Iran, Kerry said Sunday that the President held all along that a no deal with Iran is better than a bad deal. Kerry made it appear as if the U.S. backed away from the talks because only a bad deal was in the works, but the fact is the French upended Kerry and rejected a deal as per Saturday reports, and Kerry today morning admits that in fact the U.S. was ready to move forward with a deal, a bad deal that is, but Iran said no thank you.
The one who smiles now is Bibi Netanyahu. He is the one that argued a no deal is better than a bad deal. He begged his “allies” in the West not to make these offers to Iran. Kerry refused. He walked into the talks Saturday head-held-high thinking he is on the cusp of a historic deal, but all went to hell.
Turnout in this week’s Rockland County elections were at record levels. Republicans, Democrats, Preserve Ramapo-types; Liberal and Ultra Orthodox Jews went to the polls in high numbers. In this turnout, Republican County Executive Candidate Ed Day defeated his Democratic opponent David Fried by a clear margin.
This in one sentence means Mr. Day has a mandate to lead. The question remains how he will lead it.
The recent website rollout of HealthCare.gov is proving to be the perfect example of what should – and what should not – be done when dealing with consumers.
As reported by the media, the launching of this new healthcare reform website has angered many Americans. Creating an account is proving to be difficult; signing up for an insurance plan is nearly impossible; and senior administration officials themselves have acknowledged it as “one big debacle.”
Let’s take a moment to analyze this chaotic situation.
The Republicans running for County Executive in adjoining Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York State want to make it clear to suburban voters thinking of sitting out this year’s uninspiring local elections: the stakes are higher than usual.
“Whole neighborhoods have been laid bare and transformed into mere shells of their former beauty,” says Rockland County legislator Ed Day, vowing to end a spate of zoning changes that permit more multifamily construction in Monsey if he wins the county’s top elected post on Tuesday.
By: Rabbi Moishe Indig
On Election Day, Tuesday November 5th, New York voters will find on the ballot an initiative called “Proposal 1” allowing the State to sanction the building of seven Casino gaming resorts throughout the State, including in Sullivan County; the home of many Orthodox Jewish summer camps and vacation homes.
At times things go really crazy at Politico. Here is the latest example.
Today morning Politico’s main headline reads “Donors’ frustration with GOP Mounts.” The lead-in reports that “Republican donors were horrified in November after pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns for president and Congress with nothing to show for it. A year later they’re appalled by how little has changed, angered by the behavior of Republican lawmakers during a string of legislative battles this year capped by the shutdown, and searching for answers.”
Joe Lhota made an unannounced, unplanned visit to the Shomer Shabbos synagogue on Thirteenth Avenue in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, while the afternoon prayer services was in progress.
Again this was not a planned event.
Counter Op-Ed by Yaacov Behrman as published in today’s Hamodia: Last week Hamodia printed an opinion article by Dovid Margolin criticizing mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio for volunteering in Nicaragua during the Sandinista regime. Margolin accused de Blasio of being a Marxist and likened his affiliation with the Sandinistas to someone who is a Nazi sympathizer.
Candidates who run for public office obviously expect their views, both past and present, to be challenged and their personal and public history scrutinized. It is an essential part of democracy and helps ensure a fair election process.
The narrative out of Washington has been how bad the shutdown is for the GOP brand. Indeed, the GOP took a beating in the polls but so did Democrats. Big Time! However the main reason why Congressional Democrats are doing better in the polls is because 1) their own base rallies around them during political crisis whereas the GOP base, comprised of people who can think for themselves, has diverse opinions. 2) The Media and journalists keep hyping the bad GOP numbers which in itself kills the GOP even more all while brazenly ignoring the bad polling numbers of the Democrats.
Glenn Beck shared a story with viewers on Wednesday that he’s been keeping close to the vest since before the 2012 election, explaining that he’s been waiting for the right time to say what exactly happened, and what it means for the country. It all began, Beck said, in what he believes was late August 2012. See the 12 Minute Video Here
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is ripping Obama to shreds in a Wash Post Op-Ed. Here is some if it: President Obama has often chosen to unilaterally circumvent the law under the guise of executive authority. Most recently, that was demonstrated in July with his delay of Obamacare mandates for corporations, but it has been a hallmark of this presidency.
Courts have held that President Obama violated the Constitution with certain “recess” appointments, ignoring the required consent of Congress. He has abused executive-branch “rule making” rather than working with Congress to pass laws. He has ignored the letter of the law when it comes to religious liberty and work requirements for welfare.
Dovid Margolin Wrote an Editorial in the Hamodia titled “Why It Matters That Bill de Blasio Is a Marxist” the following are some excerpts of it:
In 1988, a 26-year-old Bill de Blasio traveled to Central America to volunteer in support of the brutal Marxist Sandinista junta that controlled Nicaragua. A then-recent Columbia University graduate, de Blasio was ostensibly there to hand out food and medical supplies, but as The New York Times recently reported, “He returned with something else entirely: a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government.”
In less than twenty four hours since the passing of a great man who meant so much to so many people, the New York Post showed their true hateful colors again. They showed their absolute lack of judgment as they did so many times before.
Just to score political points and try to raise a negative story against a liberal mayoral candidate that they dislike, the Post is willing to stoop to a new low to smear a Jewish sage that was so instrumental in bringing together the Jewish nation after being battered by the Holocaust.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach writes that “By now you’ve heard about the Pew Research poll, published this week, that concludes that American Jewry is on its way to oblivion. No need to wait for Hassan Rouhani of Iran to drop a bomb on us. We’re doing an incredibly fine job of destroying ourselves, thank you very much.”
One idea by Rabbi Boteach to correct this trend? Fix the broken and boring Synagogue service.
In an op-ed for Yeshiva World News, former NYS Senator Republican David Storobin describes what he witnessed during a recent visit to Camp Delta; America’s prison at its military base in Guantanamo Cuba:
For just 120 inmates, there were 2,000 videos and 20,000 books. There was training for everything from English as a Second Language to resume writing. The jails were right next to the beach and the only thing separating the soccer field from the sand was a fence. Inmates got to watch TV in English, Arabic, Persian and Russian. “Why Russian?” I wondered.
WOW! There were SIX gov shutdowns (average 11 days each) from Oct ’976 to Oct ’979. US gained 10.4M jobs in those 3 years!
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) September 29, 2013
1995 economy rose by $269 billion and gained 2.1M jobs. 1996 economy rose by $385B and gained 2.8M jobs. #Shutdown
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) September 29, 2013
Here is a history of government shutdowns
The race for Governor in New Jersey seems to be a blowout for Christie so it will be tough to ever measure what I am addressing here, but Christie’s camp is out with a 30 second ad bashing his Dem opponent Barabaro Buono who is not very popular. Indeed, it rips her like crazy but it mentions her name six different times, and most of the ad has her name written on the screen. Don’t you think this may help Buono’s name recognition among Democrats and left leaning Independents? With 50 days out I am sure many folks don’t even know ho is running against Christie so with this ad promoting her name, many voters will very likely go out there and read more about her and may perhaps even agree with her. See the video ad here
5WPR PR Agency owner Ronn Torossian, active in the Jewish community, writes: Putin won a huge diplomatic victory, and it is a terrible loss and embarrassment on the world stage for Brand America. Putin has proven himself to be a brilliant public relations tactician – at the expense of our president and his friends in the media who routinely push this president’s agenda regardless of the impact on the country. It is open season on America as Putin disrespects America because he views Obama as weak.