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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 18, 2011 / 14 Shevat, 5771

Gary Johnson's Plate of Choice Cuts

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Gary Johnson, former Republican governor of New Mexico and likely 2012 presidential candidate, is serious when he says he wants to end deficit spending. He's so serious that he advocates cutting federal spending by 43 percent.

"I've spent my entire life watching the government spend more than it takes in," Johnson, a 58-year-old triathlete, told me during an interview last week. Johnson was in town speaking for his Our America initiative -- a nonprofit organization that, under the tax code, allows him to look as if he's running for president as long as he won't admit it.

Johnson's not talking about cutting around the edges, or just getting rid of the handy trilogy of "waste, fraud and abuse." He proposes slashing Uncle Sam's most popular programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the defense budget. He has talked about raising the retirement age to 70 or 72. He wants to end federal health care mandates and replace Medicaid with block grants to states.

Does he want to repeal Obamacare?

Sure, but first he suggests Congress repeal the Bush Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. "I was embarrassed," he noted, at the Bush plan, because it added to the federal deficit. "I've witnessed both parties and their ability to spend."

The Our America initiative seeks to "enlighten" the public on "civil liberties, free enterprise, limited government, and traditional American values."

By limited government, Johnson doesn't mean what your average GOP politician means -- trimming a little fat. The Libertarian-leaning Johnson wants to legalize marijuana and curb excesses in the war on drugs.

As Johnson told San Francisco Chronicle reporter Joe Garofoli last year, America "becomes a much better place overnight when law enforcement can concentrate on real harm" -- physical violence or property crimes -- "as opposed to what I would call victimless crime."

Johnson opposed the war in Iraq from the get-go. He wants U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and opposes spending U.S. tax dollars on nation-building abroad. There's a whiff of isolationism in this Republican's view -- but some Democrats could go for it.

Johnson's commitment to limited government also applies to immigration. He proposes making it "as easy as possible" for foreign nationals to get work visas.

Before he was termed out as governor, Johnson was proud of his record number of vetoes. He attributes his 1998 re-election in a heavily Democratic state to New Mexico voters' appreciation of his "good stewardship of tax dollars." In what must be music to some tea party movement followers' ears, Johnson told me that he believes he could have cut "a third of state government and no one would have noticed the difference."

Johnson sees himself as the Republican best positioned to put a "voice to the national outrage over being bankrupt" -- and the candidate best positioned to deliver on tea party demands for a balanced budget. Or, as he put it, he is "serving up a plateful of truth."

I believe there's a truth, but I told him I am uncomfortable when anyone proclaims himself a "truth" teller. It's the conundrum of modern American politics. The more certain and consistent the politician's message, the harder it is to believe he's for real.

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