Easter, while a very joyous holiday, is also, unfortunately, a time when Jewish people occasionally encounter anti-semitism. This post is in response to one of those rare and, admittedly mild encounters, which I was unfortunate to have experienced on the first night of Passover this year. I figured the most constructive response would be to create a teachable moment for Christians and Jews. So I wrote this open letter.
I just want to briefly point out a very significant flaw in Charles M. Blow's logic, in his column in today's New York Times. In assessing PBO's reelection chances, he makes an apples to oranges comparison that has no basis in reality. Unfortunately, I have seen this type of logic applied on all too many occasions, so I feel duty bound to point it out.
I was in an office building in downtown Washington, only a few blocks from the Capitol when the earthquake hit. As a native of the East Coast, I had never experienced an earthquake before, and I hope I never have to again. I was literally and figuratively shocked.
Thirty minutes later I was shocked again; to learn that there had been so little damage. Buildings that had moments earlier shook vigorously, to be sure, but then came quietly to rest. Those buildings were then evacuated quickly and orderly. Government officials from cops to security guards to park rangers were right at hand to help and explain. People were kind, helpful and calm.
I hailed a cab and waited in traffic, but when I finally got to Union Station, Amtrak was running, organized and admitting anyone with a ticket. I boarded a train that was only an hour delayed, and made it home to New York five hours later.
I arrived home to find my entire family safe and sound, my home and city still standing.
Was this a miracle? Perhaps, but mostly I thank government.
Many of you are rushing too quickly to judgment on the deal that appears to be coming together between GOP congressional leadership and the White House. President Obama actually got us a very strong deal (especially under the circumstances) and it will serve the country, and his re-election campaign well, even if he has to take some political flack in the short term.
The vast majority of Kossaks believe that the President "caved". It appears that people feel the main cave is that there isn't revenue raises in the bill. But keep in mind the one thing the tea party wanted--a default. For them, this was not a hostage negotiation, they wanted to kill the hostage. In this they failed--totally. And in fact if you read between the lines, I think you'll see that this deal is far more advantageous to us in the longer game for other reasons. I'll explain why below the fold.
I would like to share with you a new Facebook group I founded called "I Pay My D-Bill. Below is the description on my Facebook page. I aim to convince people to make an automatic, recurring monthly donation to Obama 2012 and/or the Democratic party. If we can get enough people to do this, and my little idea spreads virally, we just might beat corporate power with people power. I invite you to join me.
I was rather disappointed with the GOPTEA party's Pledge to America, not just because I disagreed with it (though I do, but because it seemed so milquetoast and lacking in verve) So I decided I'd take a hack at it for them myself. I think this best sums up what they really want (so far as possible). As far as I'm concerned, it's open source, so if any aspiring "conservative" aspirants to politics want to use it, I'd say, "Go ahead, make my day!"
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