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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 31 2014/ 30 Shevat, 5774

America doesn't need a lame-duck president

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As I sat in the House gallery Tuesday night, watching President Obama give his State of the Union address, I found myself wishing we could repeal the 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two terms.

Before Rush Limbaugh chokes on his doughnut, I should say that I wasn’t swept away by the magnificence of Obama’s oratory; at more than an hour, it was downright Clintonian. Nor do I have a desire to see this president’s inconsistent leadership extended beyond the next three years.

Rather, it’s a wish that future presidents, and future Americans, don’t have to endure the sort of farce we experienced Tuesday night: a president’s term effectively finished three years before it ends.

Yes, Obama remains commander in chief, and he apparently plans to sign so many executive orders that he’s going to have to ice his fingers. But his “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” strategy of executive action that he outlined to Congress means he is abandoning anything resembling a serious legislative agenda for the rest of his tenure. That’s by necessity: His standing is diminished by the fact that he can’t run again, the race for his successor is beginning and the opposition knows it can run out the clock on his presidency.

Much of this is because the 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1951 in reaction to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms, almost guarantees lame-duck status. The president cannot be on the ballot, so opponents justifiably think they can wait him out — and media attention turns to the next presidential race.

The very suggestion of ending presidential term limits when a Democrat is in office causes a right-wing freakout, as happened a couple of months ago when New York University historian Jonathan Zimmerman made the argument in The Post.

This week, conservatives were reacting to Obama’s executive-order strategy by calling him a “dictator” (Rep. Randy Weber, R-Tex.) and a “king” (Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.) who is running an “imperial presidency” (Laura Ingraham) and staging a “coup” (Limbaugh). So let’s take dictator/king Obama out of the picture and say, as the 22nd Amendment did, that the repeal of term limits will apply only to presidents elected after it is ratified.

Conservatives may take delight in seeing this president hobbled, but the same happened to George W. Bush when his partial privatization of Social Security failed early in his second term and Hurricane Katrina cemented his lame-duck status. Then, the liberals were cheering the chief executive’s impotence and howling about his use of executive orders. Having a crippled presidency for three years isn’t good for the country — regardless of who’s in charge.

Certainly, many second-term woes have been less about lame-duck status than about hubris, complacency and first-term mistakes catching up with presidents. But when a presidency has a constitutional expiration date, it increases the opposition’s incentive to stall. No wonder modern second terms have been almost uniformly unsuccessful.

Dwight Eisenhower’s average approval rating of 69.6 percent in his first term went to 60.5 percent in his second, according to Gallup. Lyndon Johnson (though he could have run again in 1968) saw his 74.2 percent approval in his first term fall to 50.3 percent in his Vietnam-plagued second term. Watergate-wounded Richard Nixon went from 55.8 percent to 34.4 percent . Bush’s approval level of 62.2 percent in his first term fell to 36.5 percent in his second . Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton defied the pattern because of good economic times, but their second terms were dominated, respectively, by Iran-contra and impeachment.



There’s no movement for repeal, unless you count Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), who has introduced repeal legislation at the start of each of the past nine Congresses, to no effect. Perhaps there would be more enthusiasm for the change if lawmakers considered that the presidential irrelevancy encouraged by the 22nd Amendment is responsible for the sort of ennui in the House chamber Tuesday.

Not quite 33.3 million Americans watched the address, according to Nielsen, giving it the second-lowest rating since the organization began counting in 1993. There were fewer requests than usual for seats in the press gallery. And those who tuned out didn’t miss much. The most talked-about proposal was an executive order that would, over time, raise the minimum wage for half a million federal contract workers.

That’s a big deal if you’re one of those workers. But the rest of the country shouldn’t have to wait three years for a first-term president to start up the machinery of government again.


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