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Is Zero a Fair Share

Is Zero a Fair Share

Is Zero A Fair Share? By Jeff Katz Much has been written of late about governments’ ballooning deficits and excessive spending, as well as resulting tax policy. Conservatives tend to emphasize the dynamic relationship between tax rates and tax revenues.  They note that taxing away half or more of one’s next dollar earned will often [...]

Collectivist Spirit

Collectivist Spirit

By Jeff Katz   Our President is no fan of individual achievement. “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen. ” Those recent remarks of President Obama’s are quite telling.   Even an entrepreneur’s successful business is not really hers to take pride in.  The government workers who paved the roads [...]

Land of the Free (Stuff)

Land of the Free (Stuff)

By Jeff Katz   In many ways, our upcoming presidential election will be about our nation’s essence. What is it that makes America special? And, whatever the special quality is, is it eroding? President Obama seems to have weighed in decisively on the issue. America’s special quality, according to him, appears to be guaranteeing a [...]

Ryan Budget Plan Misses a Key Point

Ryan Budget Plan Misses a Key Point

By Jeff Katz Given the debt crisis in Europe, we should take care not to let the same thing happen here.  With our growing $15 trillion federal debt and staggering annual budget deficits, we may be headed in the same direction, unless something is done about it, and soon. Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget, passed by the House of Representatives, [...]

Talking About the Safety Net

Talking About the Safety Net

By Jeff Katz     Much ado has been made of late about programs in various states now offering subsidized cell phones to those on government assistance, paid for by Federal taxes. Advocates say cell phones are often cheaper than landlines, and thus provide a more economical way for the needy to maintain a vital [...]

10 Ways our Prez has Bammed Israel

By Jeff Katz Some have questioned President Obama’s commitment to maintaining America’s special relationship with Israel, and his level of support for the Jewish State. The following should be kept in mind when considering this important issue. 1. Should a U.S. President defend Israel in private? When President Obama and French President Sarkozy were alone [...]

A Federal Hot Potato

By Jeff Katz       This is not exactly what I’d call a victory for the potato. Last month the United States Senate blocked a proposal by the Department of Agriculture that tried to restrict the amount of potatoes that schools across the country could serve up to our kids, limiting them to two [...]

A Decade Later: Post-9/11 Reflections on Liberty

By Jeff Katz   Our message to the Arab and larger Muslim world since 9/11, based on our cherished notion of Liberty, has fallen on deaf ears.  The Arab Spring, for example, seems thus far to be more about replacing corrupt despots than about installing democratic institutions. The brewing controversy over Palestinian statehood at the [...]

Tehran’s Obsession

By Jeff Katz   We’ve seen it before.  And with tragic results. “The interests of the Muslim people command that we mobilize ourselves to support Syria as a center of Palestinian resistance,” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi recently.  Boroujerdi is chief of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Iranian parliament. To hear Iranian officials describe the violent [...]

South Sudanese and Palestinians: A Stark Contrast

By Jeff Katz As the world celebrates the birth of its newest nation, South Sudan, it’s all too easy to point to parallels with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and ignore the vast differences. Many point to the U.N.’s success in Sudan in having avoided (so far) renewed all-out attack from the North, and in monitoring a [...]

CONTROL FREAKS

By Jeff Katz In an Orwellian Fantasy your every move is monitored by Big Brother. Driving down Maple Street on your approach home, every turn of the steering wheel is tracked by government surveillance.  Once home, moves are dictated by The Powers That Be  –  even the trip to the restroom.  Where work is done, [...]

Jeff Katz: Facing Reality

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