It seems Rabbi Shmuely Boteach never misses an opportunity to attack the president, which is his right, yet extols the virtues of Rep. Eric Cantor. Why doesn’t the rabbi mention how Cantor is trying to block federal disaster aid to victims of Hurricane Irene and the Midwest’s tornadoes unless money is cut from the federal budget for social safety net programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? Is this Jewish values, Rabbi? Eric Cantor has fought tooth and nail to maintain low taxes for millionaires and billionaires, enormous tax loopholes for corporations and federal subsidies for the most profitable companies in history, the oil industry. Isn’t that nice? Cut aid for the poor, the elderly and victims of natural disasters, but keep those millionaires rolling in dough.
Then the rabbi goes on to attack the president for not coming out against the anti-Israel statements made by the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. He rightly points out that Turkey is our NATO ally. Doesn’t he think that in the larger scheme of things, given Turkey’s proximity to Iran, the U.S. might want to maintain good relations with Turkey? While the rabbi is certainly entitled to his opinion, it seems all the rabbi is doing is attempting to stir Jewish sentiment against the president by nit-picking and negatively interpreting every little thing the president says or does, or doesn’t say, or doesn’t do.