Paul Greenberg

The daily news continues to prove a bountiful source of theories, explanations, assumptions and assertions that I don't believe for a minute.

For example:

Agreeing to insure the medical expenses of another 30 million Americans will reduce the costs of health care in this country. And not cost middle-class taxpayers a penny, either.

Barack Obama means it when he says the country "can't continue to spend ... as if the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money." This was just days after Congress voted to raise the legal debt limit by some $290 billion in order to accommodate his $800-billion economic stimulus bill and record-breaking $3.5 trillion budget.

Letting the government rather than doctors decide which medical devices may be used and what medical procedures may be prescribed for Medicare patients will improve their health care. Ditto, slashing the budget for Medicare in general.

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The health-care bills now before Congress contain no pork for states whose senators were savvy enough to hold out longest before supporting Obamacare.

The way to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons is to extend an open hand to its dictators, theocrats and fanatics. Much the way North Korea's Kim Jong-Il was dissuaded from developing and exploding his nukes. Appeasement always works.

The president's setting a deadline by which American troops will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan (July 2011) will assure peace and stability there. Just as doing the same in Iraq -- instead of George W. Bush's ordering the Surge -- would have assured peace and stability there.

The great obstacle to peace in the Middle East is allowing Jews to live in Judaea and Samaria, aka the West Bank. Jews shouldn't even be allowed to preserve their holy sites there, like the Tomb of the Patriarchs at Hebron or Rachel's Tomb. For the Jewish connection to the land of Israel, as anyone listening to Barack Obama's address in Cairo last year might assume, dates back only to the Holocaust.

Nor should Jews be allowed to build homes in the old city of Jerusalem, which should also be declared Judenrein. If only the United Nations, the European Union and Joe Biden had been around 3,000 years ago, surely all would have protested King David's establishing his capital there.

Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.