Interesting figures at US Debt Clock dot org: The Largest Budget Item is Medicare/Medicaid at $789 billion, then Social Security at $699 billion. Defense/Wars comes in third at $689 billion.
Also of note: Of a population of nearly 311 million people, we have only 110.4 million taxpayers. There are 54 million retirees, 26 million actual unemployed and 20 million government employees (federal, state and local combined).
The site has a new "time machine" feature that can take you forward or back in time. For instance, on this day in the year 2000, the population was 283 million, with 105 million taxpayers, 45 million retirees and 9 million actual unemployed (they don't list the number of government employees).
In 2000, U.S. Debt was $371,035 per family. Now it's $671,743.
In an interview posted on the liberal Arab website Aafaq on October 4, 2010, Palestinian reformist Zainab Rashid said that the Arab dictatorial regimes exploit the Palestinian cause in order to divert attention from their own domestic problems and suppress initiatives of democratization and reform.
She also opposed theIslamization of the Palestinian cause,saying the Palestinian issue will never be resolvedas long as it is construed as a religious struggledestined to continue until Judgment Day. via memri.org
|She realized some truth|
about the conflict,
but she does
not seem to realize
that there are people
with convictions here
who are not to blame.
The denied correlative
We already knew
there were bad guys out
J Street's chief failing, according to Pollak, is that it has mistakenly assumed that because American Jews tend to be progressive, they want the United States to get tough with Israel, as do many other progressives. "But the syllogism doesn't work," Pollak said. "U.S. Jews may be liberal, but they're not anti-Israel." J Street officials, who acknowledged that some of the organization's wounds have been self-inflicted, maintain that although the group has taken its lumps, it patiently forges on, gathering supporters and gaining political influence.The event is scheduled to take place Feb. 26-March 1 at the Washington Convention Center in D.C., where panelists will discuss topics ranging from "Do Israelis 'Care About Peace' " to "The Revival of the Israeli Left" to "The Campus Challenge: Changing the Conversation in an Environment of Extreme Polarization."
The list of speakers numbers at least 60 and includes Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund; and journalists Peter Beinart, Eric Alterman and Gershom Gorenberg.
Among the more controversial speakers is Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voices for Peace, which advocates the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) against Israel. BDS has been roundly condemned in the mainstream Jewish community because it serves to demonize and deligitimize Israel.
J Street, too, opposes BDS, noted Ben-Ami, who said he is not concerned that the appearance of Vilkomerson might legitimize BDS. Rather, she was invited to air her views, he explained, so that conference attendees who might be "tempted" to embrace BDS will think otherwise after they see its moral and tactical failings exposed in debate. (Vilkomerson is scheduled to appear Feb. 28 on a panel along with three opponents of BDS.)
J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami addresses the crowd at the organization’s first national conference, held in 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the District.
Photo courtesy J Street
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