One recent study found that only 54 percent of Jews under 35 who aren’t Orthodox are “comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state” (as compared to more than 80 percent of those over 65). Among younger Jews, only 20 percent rated as “highly attached” to Israel in another poll. If you want examples of the shift in sentiment, read just about any Jewish columnist for a major newspaper. Thomas Friedman of the New York Times spent last week arguing that Biden under-reacted to Israel’s announcement about the new housing units in East Jerusalem, comparing Israel’s policies to drunken driving. Richard Cohen of the Washington Post is writing a book arguing that the founding of Israel was a well-intentioned mistake.
Like most arguments that emanate from the Right, the criticism of Israel equals antisemitism, is tiresome. It has become the standard knee jerk reaction anytime someone suggests that some new Israeli settlement is both legally wrong and counterproductive. The Right’s political correctness towards Israel is supposedly aimed at getting the support of American Jews, but it simply is not working.
Dylan Ratigan does not mention Mitch McConnell(R-KY) and John Boehner(R-OH) puppet master and lobbyist Frank Luntz by name, but clearly rips them and Judd Gregg(R-NH) and Ben Nelson(D-NE) a new one
Politicians like Judd Gregg and Ben Nelson are fighting to keep the crooked $600 trillion derivatives market unreformed. The dirty not-so-little secret about derivatives? In their current form, they are basically government insurance where the bailed-out mega-banks get to keep the premiums but the taxpayer pays the claims.
As Ratigan points out the secrecy and avoidance of open exchanges in regards derivatives is clearly unnecessary. When businesses hide transactions that they know are a house of cards capable of crippling the economy there is a reason. The same reason that Scooter Libby lied, to protect their interests and compromise those of everyone else.