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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 21, 2014 / 20 Shevat, 5774

Where doubletalk is lingua franca

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here in your nation’s capital, things are not always what they seem.

There is great excitement that an actual “budget” has been hammered out in Congress, averting another government shutdown. This is the first budget since 2011. Even though it is Congress’ job to devise an annual budget, this once-in-three-years development is hailed as remarkable.

Never mind that the budget permits the coal industry to keep dumping toxic waste in public streams although 300,000 West Virginians just went through days when tapwater was so poisoned it couldn’t be used for anything except flushing toilets.

Never mind that despite the 2008 recession caused by mismanagement by big money, government financial regulators such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission will not get the enforcement money they need.

President Obama also has changed. He came into office pledging to work with Congress, including Republicans, to get things done. Now he says whenever he can get away with doing something by executive action without Congress, he will.

After Obama vowed that he will curtail overreaching by the National Security Agency, which has been spying on close U.S. allies and American citizens, it turns out the NSA has secretly put secret spying and cyberattack software on 100,000 computers.

And never mind that the government now uses drones not just against foreign dictators and terrorists but also for domestic surveillance. Growing marijuana may be legal in some states but in other states if you grow weed, a drone will catch you and authorities will whisk you off to jail.

In this country many think work determines who you are although just about everyone wants the respect that comes with having a job. And the government taxes workers to provide for compensation if they lose their jobs. But with three Americans in pursuit of every job opening, somebody is going to be left behind. Nonetheless, Congress cut off benefits to a million unemployed Americans saying they had been unemployed too long and that it must be their fault. Never mind that their families are now destitute.

I have a young, intelligent relative who lost the use of his right arm after being attacked as an innocent bystander by two killers, one now in prison for life and the other on death row. After 27 surgeries, this college graduate has been on 40 straight job interviews without success despite great charm and an incomparable work ethic. If it is hard in this economy for able-bodied people to find jobs, it is even harder for the physically impaired.



Yet many in Congress don’t seem to care why people can’t find jobs or what they are supposed to do without any income.

Some legislators also don’t seem to worry that after more than a decade of war, the nation is exhausted, its blood and treasure spent. The men and women of the armed forces need a break.

The budget calls for more defense spending and new weapons although mass transit and infrastructure projects (we are 25th in the world behind Barbados for fixing roads and bridges) were not funded. (The good news is that military employees get a one percent pay raise.)

Without giving time for Obama’s nuclear disarmament talks with Iran to conclude, some lawmakers are demanding tougher sanctions on Iran. Some appear eager for war with Iran, much larger and even more complicated than Iraq. We’re already spending about $92 billion a year on war.

But lest you are disappointed by such government shenanigans, some amazing budgetary compromises were made. No money may be spent on the mandatory switchover from incandescent bulbs. Federal agencies will get no more money for worker-training videos spoofing “Gilligan’s Island” or “Star Trek.” Despite attacks on U.S. embassies in such places as Benghazi, $224 million less is allocated to embassy security.

There are many more Washington maneuverings to follow, if you can get past the doubletalk.

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Previously:


11/29/13: Time for governmemt to encourage mouthiness in kids again
11/22/13: Blame Canada? Or should we merge instead?
11/14/13: Out of the mouths of politicians --- huh?
10/14/13: American adults lack life skills, tests indicate
10/07/13: Finally sometyhing America is No. 1 in
06/21/13: Obama is guiding us toward a slippery slope in Syria
06/14/13: Summer '13 offers rays of sunshine for Americans
03/13/13: Democratic Party, stuck in a sorry state
03/13/13: In Washington, signs of civility emerge
02/22/13: The start of World War III? Why China's cyber hacking is frightening to the United States
02/01/13: Buy American and rebuild an economy
01/18/13: There should be a (nother) law: No super-whoopee inaugurations for second-term presidents
11/29/12: Congress hates us
11/16/12: A holiday gift guide for our politicians
08/10/12: Rise in independent voters imperils moderates
07/23/12: Looking forward to the presidential debates
07/13/12: A do-nothing Congress exacts high costs
06/25/12: Take a vacation: It's your duty
06/19/12: Dems: 'Do something'
04/30/12: Will Mitt Romney finally let a hair down?
04/23/12: Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead
04/02/12: We need to talk about aging
03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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