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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Feb. 19, 2011 14 Adar I, 5771

Obama cool on home heating aid?

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama made it official this week. “Look, I definitely feel folks’ pain,” he said at a news conference Tuesday.

And he is definitely doing some painful things in his new budget.

The president said he is “cutting things I care about deeply,” and these “are all programs that I wouldn’t be cutting if we were in a better fiscal situation. But we’re not.”

Unfortunately, one of the things he is cutting back is something that makes him look cruel, heartless and uncaring. It makes him look like one of those old silent-film bankers with top hats and handlebar mustaches who throw widows out into the snow.

The program Obama intends to cut has a particularly unpleasant-sounding acronym: LIHEAP. It stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and it gives money to poor people who cannot pay their winter heating bills.

(The program also gives aid to those who cannot pay their air-conditioning bills during the summer. That sounds like a luxury item until you consider that during a heat wave in Chicago in 1995, some 750 people died over a five-day period because they didn’t have air conditioning or they couldn’t afford to turn it on.)

This winter has been a particularly brutal one for people who live in the Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States, and LIHEAP has undoubtedly kept some of them alive.

So what is Obama proposing in the budget he released this week? He is going to cut LIHEAP funding in half, from $5.1 billion to $2.5 billion.

Nearly 9 million people currently get such funding and, according to the National Journal, which broke the story, the “American Gas Association predicts that 3 million Americans eligible for the program won’t be able to receive it unless LIHEAP funding stays at its current level.”

“LIHEAP has been semi-sacred for most Democrats and many Republicans,” the magazine said, “a program that carries an emotional resonance as it was designed to keep poor people, particularly older poor people, cool in the summer and warm in the winter.”

Obama defended the cuts, saying he had doubled funding to the program when he took office because there was a huge spike in energy costs. “Energy prices have now gone down, but the costs of the program have stayed the same,” Obama said Tuesday. “So what we’ve said is, well, let’s go back to a more sustainable level. If it turns out that once again you see a huge energy spike, then we can revisit it.”

But NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley says there’s some fuzzy — or maybe frosty — math going on there. He said Obama’s rationale for the drastic cut “is that the cost of heating fuels has fallen from the time when that budget was ramped up to $5 billion a year. Now that is true for natural gas, which is a popular heating fuel. It’s not true for heating oil, it’s not true for electricity, and it’s not true for kerosene. So there are people who really are going to be affected.”

MODERATOR: And then the president is saying he feels that pain — to use a phrase from earlier.

HORSLEY: He feels that shiver.

Some say Obama has no intention of really cutting the program but just wants to show how serious he is about reducing the deficit. They say he expects Congress to restore the LIHEAP funding. That may be true. But the president’s threat has already had one beneficial effect.

All those Republicans who think Obama is a socialist should read the press release put out by the World Socialist website, which is published by the International Committee of the Fourth International, one of the Trotskyite branches of socialism.

“The axing of LIHEAP amounts to a literal death sentence for many of those unable to pay exorbitant utility rates,” the socialist site says. “It will result in more freezing deaths in the winter and heat-related deaths during the summer, as well as more fatal house fires as victims of utility shutoffs desperately seek to keep their families warm in bitter cold temperatures.”

Which sounds like Obama better turn in his party card. A number of lawmakers were also angry, though more measured in their language.

“There are many other areas of the budget that can be cut, and that would not result in such harmful consequences for our most vulnerable families and senior citizens,” said Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine.

And Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, ripped Obama for cutting LIHEAP to fund more exotic schemes. “Talk about misplaced, off-track priorities,” Tester said. “I won’t support a budget that dumps billions of dollars into high-speed rail while cutting something as basic as heat for family homes across Montana and America.”

As I said, Obama may be hoping enough members of Congress will heed the cries of angry constituents and restore the LIHEAP funding. But what if they don’t?

In that case, the president may really feel the pain — the pain of being out in the political cold.

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