Links for Monday, January 30, 2012

I have some good links to share:

1.  This article by John Richardson on Newt Gingrich in Esquire is probably the best that I have read so far.  It goes into his human side and also his record as Speaker and thereafter—-both the positives and the negatives.  It is lengthy but it is well worth the read, from beginning to end.

2.  Ezra Klein on the Washington Post’s blog talks about the economies under the Administrations of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.  Both had recessions and implemented policies that sought to bring us out of that.  But the recessions were due to different factors, and what worked for Reagan may not work today due to our different contexts.  For example, tax cuts may not be the answer, for our taxes are already lower under Obama than they were under Reagan, plus people have a lot of debt to pay off before they can even think of freely spending money that they receive from a tax cut.

3.  Izgad is blogging, with some excellent posts critiquing Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Kosher Jesus.  See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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