Monthly Archives: December 2012

January 1, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: President Obama is Responsible for Our Fiscal Mess

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2--SnyderTalk Editorial


President Obama is Responsible for Our Fiscal Mess

President Obama is responsible for our fiscal mess.  I’m not exaggerating, and I’m not saying that simply because I think that Barack Obama is a terrible president, although I do think that he’s an awful president.  I’m saying that because the president has had ample opportunity over the past four years to arrive at a compromise solution to our immediate fiscal problem and then to make headway toward dealing with our longer-term fiscal issues, but he has failed miserably.

If the president had taken some of the advice of his own National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, we wouldn’t be counting the minutes before we fall off the fiscal cliff, but he didn’t heed their warning two years ago.  Even worse, he has given us no indication that he ever intends to take our nation’s spending problem seriously.

The word “compromise” must not appear in Obama’s dictionary.  That fact has been obvious since Day One of his presidency.  His first major initiative, Obamacare, was figuratively shoved down the throats of members of Congress, even members of his own party.  It has been Obama’s way or the highway since the beginning, and it’s still his way.  This time there will be a high price to pay.

Yesterday on “Meet the Press”, the president told David Gregory that he cut spending by more than a trillion dollars in 2011.  That’s pure nonsense, but he got away with it because Gregory was too busy licking the president’s shoes to do his job.

Anyone who believes that President Obama cut spending in 2011 needs to have his head examined, and spending continues to be the most serious fiscal problem that we face.  That’s what the Fiscal Responsibility Commission told the president.  There is no way to solve our nation’s fiscal problem without cutting spending, period.  Stated another way, we can’t tax our way out of this mess.

Pretending that increasing tax rates for millionaires and billionaires will do anything significant to solve our long-term fiscal problem is ridiculous.  If millionaires and billionaires in the U.S. gave everything they own to the government and paid a 100% tax on their earnings, our spending problem would still be an imminent threat to our nation’s fiscal solvency.  In essence, that’s what Chris Cox and Bill Archer said in an article for The Wall Street Journal in November:

As a result, fiscal policy discussions generally focus on current-year budget deficits, the accumulated national debt, and the relationships between these two items and gross domestic product. We most often hear about the alarming $15.96 trillion national debt (more than 100% of GDP), and the 2012 budget deficit of $1.1 trillion (6.97% of GDP). As dangerous as those numbers are, they do not begin to tell the story of the federal government’s true liabilities.

The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees’ future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion. Nothing like that figure is used in calculating the deficit. In reality, the reported budget deficit is less than one-fifth of the more accurate figure.

If President Obama was serious about solving our fiscal problem, he would give lots of ground on spending, but as I said, he’s not serious.  Instead of dealing with the problem, he’s playing politics as though he was running for re-election.  And it’s the worst kind of politics because he’s playing the class warfare card and stoking a fire that has the potential to explode across the nation and produce results that I don’t want to imagine.

According to a recent Gallup poll, the president’s disapproval rating has climbed 5 points since Christmas.  Maybe people are beginning to catch on, but doubt it.  I fear that most of our fellow citizens believe that we can continue spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need and that everything will work out in the end.  If I’m right, then responsible people should read Jon Hall’s article in today’s American Thinker carefully and begin to acquire precious metals.

Gold and other precious metals are hedges against inflation, but they are more than that.  In times of emergency, they may be among the few currencies that have real purchasing power.  I think that buying precious metals at this juncture is like buying insurance, because I’m fearful that we are moving headlong toward cataclysmic economic conditions brought on by pandering politicians like Barack Obama.

As the president likes to say, “Let me be perfectly clear,” I hope we get a deal on the fiscal cliff mess by the end of the day, but even if we do, we still spend too much.  Overspending and more specifically deficit spending threaten to bankrupt this nation.  The result of loading more debt on top of an already debt-laden economy can be devastating.  As far as I know, there is not a single example in history of a country abusing debt and not having to pay the price.  Will we escape the inevitable this time and rewrite history?  Don’t bet on it.

This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker.



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4--Scripture of the Day

Ezekiel 40: 1-4

In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was taken, on that same day the hand of Yahweh was upon me and He brought me there. In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, and on it to the south there was a structure like a city. So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. The man said to me, “Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.”


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His Name is Yahweh explains why the Name of God, Yahweh, is so important.  It’s available in eBook format and in paperback.

  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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Yahweh is the Name of God Forever

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Hosea 4: 6

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.


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9--Jerusalem Post


Peres: Israel would talk to Hamas if it met Quartet terms

Mofaz: Israel could talk to Hamas in future

Peres causes uproar with pro-Abbas remarks

‘Iran showing signs it wants deal on nuke program’

Israeli man held in Egypt for unknown reasons

‘Most Israelis back peace deal that guards security’

Arab NGO Accuses Palestinian Authority of Human Rights Violations



10--Arutz Sheva


Israeli Indicted for Self-Defense Shots That Hit Arab Attacker

Security Official: Stop the 3rd Intifada While We Still Can

Another Israeli Arrested, Imprisoned in Egypt

Peres: Peace is a Biblical Commandment

Min. Erdan: Peres Once Again Interfering

Officials: Assad Isolating Himself

Brahimi: Syrian War is Worsening by the Day

ran to Move Airport After Oil Found Under Runway

Abbas to Arab MKs: We Seek Peace with Israel

Israel Now Has 6 Million Jews



11--Israel Hayom


‘By picking sides, Peres harms prestige of the presidency’

Now a public figure, Bennett recants refusal statement

Lieberman officially indicted in corruption case 

Court reduces sentence of former IDF whistleblower Kamm 

Eritrean migrant arrested for rape of 83-year-old woman

Supreme Court overturns decision to disqualify Zoabi

83% of Israelis believe returning to ’67 lines won’t bring peace

Olmert: Livni lost because Kadima lost faith in her

17-year-old girl spits at MK Ahmad Tibi at Bar-Ilan University 

Lowest number of road deaths in Israel in 50 years 

Israeli population approaches 8 million

AP photo essay: Ex-Soviet immigrants change Israel

International envoy warns of failed state in Syria



12--Other News


15 Christians die in gruesome murders after Islamic rampage

Washington Post whitewashes Muslim Brotherhood’s top leader

400 Killed in Single Day in Syrian Civil War

Assad Isolated, Fearful as Regime Faces Collapse

Western Intelligence Sources Confirm Syria’s Use of Paralyzing Chemical Agents

French Diplomat: “Iran Responded to Sanctions by Speeding Up Work on Bomb” 

AQAP [al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] offers bounty on US ambassador in Yemen

Top Jewish Leader Says Chuck Hagel Nomination on Monday is “Most Likely”

Israel Launches Natural Gas Platform in Coveted Tamar Gas Field

CNN: IDF Use of Twitter One of “Top 12 Tech Stories of 2012″

Gallup: Disapproval of Obama Has Climbed 5 Points Since Christmas

Obama: ‘I Cut Spending by Over a Trillion Dollars in 2011’

Israeli Doctors in Africa Treat Obama’s Grandmother

CAIR Protests US Exclusion of Saudi Radical Who Encouraged “Harming the Jews”

Rape protesters gather in Delhi

Merkel warns of tough times ahead





Jerold S. Auerbach: Wailing at the Western Wall— For nearly twenty-five years an organization known as Women of the Wall has struggled, in the words of its mission statement, “to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall.”

Barry Rubin: A Paradox of U.S. Middle East Policy: The Friend Who Acts like an Enemy is an Enemy—The expression, “With friends like you who needs enemies?” is an apt summary of a major problem for U.S. foreign policy during Obama’s second term. Here’s the issue: a number of supposed allies of the United States don’t act as friends. In fact, they are major headaches, often subverting U.S. goals and interests. But to avoid conflict and, for Obama, to look successful to the domestic audience, Washington pretends that everything is fine.

Dror Eydar: The New Middle East is passé— You have to be familiar with Palestinian culture to understand that they have no intention of coming to terms with our existence. Peres fails to come to terms with that.

Abraham Ben-Zvi: Can America still lead the world?— China continues to demonstrate belligerence while the U.S. reduces its overseas commitments.

Eyal Zisser: From Arab Spring to Islamic Winter— 2013 will bring more power struggles in our region.

Richard Baehr: Do Americans support Israel less?— Israel needs to lead on the issue of a military strike on Iran.

Isi Leibler: Religious Zionism at the crossroads— If Habayit Hayehudi behaves in a demagogic manner to attract extremist voters, it will be sidelined as yet another ineffective extreme right-wing opposition group.

Jeff Jacoby: Kerry’s ‘realism’ slips into callousness— When it comes to foreign policy, John F. Kerry is no John F. Kennedy.

Sens. John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham: Syria’s Descent into Hell— As 2012 draws to a close, Syria is descending into hell. At least 40,000 people, and likely many more, have been killed, while millions have been forced to flee their homes. Over the past 12 months, Bashar al-Assad has steadily unleashed ever-greater military firepower in response to what began as peaceful protests by the Syrian people. Starting with tanks and heavy artillery in February, the Syrian regime escalated over the summer to using attack helicopters and fighter jets. In recent weeks, it has begun firing Scud missiles at its own population.

Elliott Abrams: Is Education a Threat to Peace?—Ariel University in the West Bank was founded in 1982 as a branch of Bar-Ilan University, became independent in 2005, and now has 14,000 students, including the largest group of Ethiopian-born immigrant students in Israel, and hundreds of Israeli Arab students.

Matt Gurney: Israel’s Iron Dome Saved Palestinian Lives, Too— Because of Iron Dome, “we didn’t have to invade Gaza….And all the interceptors we fired cost less than one day of ground fighting in Gaza.” Hamas might not like to admit it, but Iron Dome saved Palestinian lives, too.

Thomas Lifson: Mayor Bloomberg’s selective perspective—Mayor Bloomberg has called for a little perspective in evaluating the latest horrific death from being shoved in front of an oncoming train. Unlike his hysterical reaction to gun deaths, seeing no reason on earth why the benefits of gun ownership (self-defense, recreation, and a guard against tyranny) should be balanced against the downside in the form of homicide, the mayor sees important tradeoffs when it comes to the presence of as many as 11,000 psychotic people living on the streets on New York City – including perhaps the latest accused subway murderess Erika Menendez, whose purported act  is now also described as a hate crime – somehow making murder even worse.

Timothy Birdnow: Professor Calls for Death Penalty for Climate Change ‘Deniers’—It is as inevitable as the rising of the sun; the Left, when thwarted in their quest for power, suggests the use of lethal force to compel those who disagree.

Selwyn Duke: Piers Morgan Takes Aim at the Bible—Says the book is “inherently flawed” — and needs to be amended.



14--Blessings from Revelation

Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now.  There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.


Other Books by Neil Snyder

  • Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming.  Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days.  Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall.  Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace.  With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life?  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide.  It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided.  They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make.  As they say, forewarned is forearmed.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.

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