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Resurrecting the Death Tax

Monday, January 12, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The president-elect campaigned on keeping the death tax but only on estates greater than 3.5 million per person –$7 million for married couples.

But, the Wall Street Journal reports, the Congressional Democrats want it back to where it was in 2001 when George Bush began its rollback –at 55% on everything above $1 million.

Either plan is a massive tax hike above current rates, and the GOP has got to loudly oppose both plans every step of the way. Even after the slide in home values, millions of Americans have estates that will be worth more than $1 million, and they and their heirs will quickly recognize that Obama’s “change” has put a bullseye on their life’s work.

Very few operations of the government are as repugnant as snatching a huge portion of a dead person’s life savings just because he or she wasn’t well advised in the small print of tax avoidance strategies.

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Erwin Defends Abraham

Monday, January 12, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Listeners to my radio show know University of California at Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, who appears weekly opposite Dean John Eastman of the Chapman University School of Law.

Dean Chemerinsky had a novel assignment recently, defending Abraham, as told in this Orange County Register story by Cameron Bird.

How Great A Defeat For Hamas?

Sunday, January 11, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Jerusalem Post quotes a Fatah official:

“The Iranians and Syrians are using Hamas to undermine the Palestinian Authority and other moderate Arab governments,” the Fatah official told the Post. “Victory for Hamas in this war would mean victory for Iran, Syria and Hizbullah. This is something we need to prevent.”

The official expressed hope that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip would revolt against Hamas when the IDF operation ended. He also expressed hope that Hamas leaders Mahmoud Zahar and Ismail Haniyeh would be tried before a Palestinian court as “war criminals.” The Hamas leaders, he charged, were responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent Palestinians. “Ever since they came to power, they brought death and destruction to our people.”

If Israel resists international pressure to cease its operations against Hamas, and the president-elect continues the president’s policy towards the Israeli offensive against Hamas, the terrorists’ grip on Gaza could be broken, and with it the way opened for a two-state solution. (See Jeffrey Goldberg’s note on this.)

Iran seems to understand its peril, and is urging Hamas to refuse a cease-fire that would open Gaza to Fatah’s return. If Iran loses its puppet in Gaza, the hold on south Lebanon will also appear reversible. And with oil at under $50 a barrel, how long can the mullahs keep their own impoverished and oppressed people down?

Hamas Reeling

Saturday, January 10, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A report of Hamas on the ropes.

More here and here.

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