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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. 28, 2013/ 18 Adar 5773

A sequestration only a Sasquatch could love

By Reg Henry




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Most of us go through life with certain expectations, and it is a fair bet that being threatened by sequestration is not one of them. Annihilation in romance, possibly; demoralization at work, perhaps; infiltration of baldness, maybe; but victimization by sequestration? Unlikely.

Yet here we are in the unlikely situation soon of finding ourselves up the creek without a paddle, thanks to sequestration coming from a Congress and an administration near you.

When we have been savaged by a full sequester, we will have time to ponder how it came to this. For example, we might ponder this while waiting in a longer-than-usual security line at the airport for a flight canceled for a lack of air traffic controllers.

Sequestration. It sounds like something that Sasquatch dreamed up.

After all, Sasquatch is not much for the greater community or the common good. He wants no restrictions on his freedom that might come with caring about the well being of his neighbors. His species just wants to walk the ridges bellowing nonsense and giving off foul odors, stopping only to insert big feet in mouth. In recent years, the beast has been sighted in the halls of Congress, lured there by the chance of doing nothing positive.

While small in number, Sasquatch -- genus Gorilla Americanus Teapartyus -- looms large, and his big footprints are all over the latest crisis.

Consider what is about to happen. Military readiness will be impaired. Vaccine and nutritional programs for women and children will have to be cut. Thousands of people will be laid off. Education funding will be reduced -- and so on and so on, all the way to the poor house.

As there is nothing remotely conservative (or liberal) in taking an ax to cut the federal budget when a scalpel is required, and doing it just in time to kill the budding economic revival, it's obvious these looming cuts are not the work of Homo sapiens of highly developed intelligence. This has to be Sasquatch's doing.

That is true, too, of the process in which the fiasco unfolded. In 2011, a "supercommittee" was formed in Congress to trim at least $1.2 trillion from federal spending over 10 years in light of the long-term threat posed by the deficit. If agreement could not be reached, indiscriminate cuts would come into force, cuts so painful that no thinking person could contemplate them.

But then as now, thinking people were in short supply. Compromise turned out to be kryptonite to the 11 supermen and one superwoman on the supercommittee. Because they failed in their task, a situation that only a Sasquatch could love becomes reality Friday.

It's not that cutting the deficit isn't still important -- it most certainly is -- but this isn't the way to do it. Kill jobs and you kill the economy. Kill the economy and the government is forced to spend more -- or else spend less and invite widespread domestic distress, if not unrest.

Members of Congress who feel strongly that federal spending should be cut have a point, but it's lost when their only remedy is to hold the government hostage unless they get their way. Like Sasquatch strolling through the forest, we lurch from one contrived emergency to the next -- fiscal cliff one day, sequestration the next, debt ceiling after that. Enough already with the lurching.

Here's an idea to break the cycle of extortion for members of political factions who want to change the nation: How about winning a presidential election? It's a novel idea, to be sure, because the people provoking regular crises have forgotten who won last November.

This is what happens when people don't read the newspaper enough. Just a reminder: Not only did President Barack Obama win re-election, but he won the popular vote of the American people. That fact demands to be respected.

The provocateurs think that because they kept control of the House, thanks to Mr. Gerrymander, they can do what they want. Actually not. Plenty of people like me want Congress to do its job and the president to work with it to come up with some sensible plan. Sequestration is an abomination.

We don't care if congressional lawmakers made a sacred oath not to raise taxes at Grover Norquist's urging. We think their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution and to faithfully discharge the duties of the office is more sacred. Please start faithfully discharging.

Unfortunately, things may get more hairy before they get better, as you would expect with the Sasquatch mentality involved.

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Reg Henry is a columnist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



Previously:


A quote! My kingdom for a good quote!

Super Bowl leaves dark stain on U.S. image

A confession to sin of shopping omission

Undecided voters are clearly in the wrong

These words can be irritating? Really?

A father's message is something to laugh at

Dear Friends: Facebook is, like, so lame

High Tide: the detergent drug dealers dig

It's funny how scary side effects can be

Must we meet so much? It's transparent

Why America needs a proper curmudgeon

A new grandfather's coming-of-age story

America still shows the power of the individual



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