Thursday, November 17, 2011

Obama is not anti-Israel

The conventional wisdom is wrong again: the President is a friend of Israel. My letter to the local paper:

Phil Epstein's letter (Nov. 8), "Not sure we can survive four more years of Obama," repeats the common charge that President Obama is anti-Israeli. Mr. Epstein urges no Jews to vote for a man who, he claims, "has thrown us under the bus."
I completely disagree with him. Unlike Mr. Epstein, I will list actual examples that support my view. To take just three:
1. He has funded a missile defense system that protects Israel,
2. He opposed Palestinian membership in the United Nations, and
3. He helped free six soldiers who were trapped in the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.
All three of these actions were publicly praised by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Another Israeli who doesn't see this alleged anti-Israeli bias is Ehud Barak (former Prime Minister, current defense minister). In an August interview with Fox News, August he said "I can hardly remember a better period of support, American support and cooperation and similar strategic understanding of events around us (Israel) than what we have right now."
In an ironic end to his letter, Mr. Epstein urges the reader to "think" before voting. Finally, we agree.
Jack Davis
Vista

Link: http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/letters/letters-nct-nov/article_fd0e5745-b8f8-5565-9313-1eb000f7e3b2.html#ixzz1dzAP7D9M

Times, Nov.17:

Phil Epstein's letter (Nov. 8), "Not sure we can survive four more years of Obama," repeats the common charge that President Obama is anti-Israeli. Mr. Epstein urges no Jews to vote for a man who, he claims, "has thrown us under the bus."
I completely disagree with him. Unlike Mr. Epstein, I will list actual examples that support my view. To take just three:
1. He has funded a missile defense system that protects Israel,
2. He opposed Palestinian membership in the United Nations, and
3. He helped free six soldiers who were trapped in the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.
All three of these actions were publicly praised by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Another Israeli who doesn't see this alleged anti-Israeli bias is Ehud Barak (former Prime Minister, current defense minister). In an August interview with Fox News, August he said "I can hardly remember a better period of support, American support and cooperation and similar strategic understanding of events around us (Israel) than what we have right now."
In an ironic end to his letter, Mr. Epstein urges the reader to "think" before voting. Finally, we agree.
Jack Davis
Vista





(What I did not mention due to lack of space was that the Israeli ambassador, Michael Oren, charged Fox "News" with taking P.M. Netanyahu out of context.)
This is the clip: http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201105200032

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

My article @ Viewshound

http://www.viewshound.com/politics-usa/2011/11/7/why-the-tea-party-movement-is-utterly-incoherent

Sunday, November 06, 2011

No Republicans allowed on campus

A number of Harvard students, apparently members of the 99% movement, have called for a boycott of the introductory economics class. Their grievance is that the class is taught by a Greg Mankiw, a former Bush and now Romney adviser. Apparently, even the small number of Republican academics is too large. Let's not mince words: This walkout is a ideological attack on academic freedom. This protestors are sending a message to college administrators: no Republicans/conservatives should be allowed to teach college classes.

While I am not a Harvard student--you have to do better than a 3.0 in high school--I have taken economics classes that used Mankiw's textbook and feel qualified to comment.  Mankiw's personal political beliefs are irrelevant; the only question is whether they have distorted the economics lessons in the book. I see  no evidence of  his personal biases in the textbook. It's absurd to argue Mankiw can't teach his class because of his Republican politics; should we disqualify every professor who has taken a political stance from teaching a class?

The protesters won't be satisfied until Harvard and every other university has a sign on campus: No Republicans allowed!

The Harvard crimson has a good op-ed on this controversy.