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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 March 2, 2010 / 16 Adar 5770

Where is Pelosi's broom?

By Rich Lowry




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It may have been the shrewdest thing Nancy Pelosi ever said. In the fall of 2006, riding a wave of popular disgust at the ethical lapses of the then-Republican congressional majority, Pelosi mused, "Maybe it will take a woman to clean up the House."


Cheeky and pointed, the line captured the sense that the House had run out of control and it was time for something different — a Democratic House run by the first-ever woman speaker, wielding an exacting broom.


According to exit polls, 41 percent of voters said "corruption and scandals in government" were extremely important to their vote in 2006, more than said that about the Iraq War, the economy or illegal immigration. More than anything else, Democrats had a mandate for clean government untainted by lifestyle-enhancing freebies and the lobbyist- driven "favor factory."


Enter Charlie Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Allegedly unbeknownst to him, he had the misfortune to have his Caribbean vacations paid for by corporations. After an admonishment by the House's ethics committee, Rangel lamented that this was just his rotten luck, undone by unscrupulous staffers conniving to get him free beach time on Antigua and St. Maarten.


Rangel missed all the correspondence about the trips, just like he missed the half of his net worth he failed to note on financial-disclosure forms. Such a careless person typically doesn't become rich (or the chairman of a major congressional committee), but Rangel amassed up to $500,000 each in two undisclosed checking accounts. Poor Charlie, bumbling his way into a lifestyle of the rich and famous.


It doesn't take much discernment to recognize Rangel as a stereotypical congressional baron who must cut corners to make his net income cover his gross habits, to paraphrase Errol Flynn. Surely if Rangel had seen a memo explaining how he'd have to pay for his own Caribbean getaways and JetBlue has great bargains this time of year, he'd have taken notice.


This is a mess ideally suited for Nancy Pelosi's broom, if it weren't stashed in a closet alongside Barack Obama's promises to curtail earmarks drastically and to broadcast sensitive legislative negotiations. Pelosi pleads for patience for Rangel, who's still being investigated in many other matters and, after all, has not done "something that jeopardized our country in any way." This means Rangel will only step down as chairman after exacting the maximum possible political embarrassment.

Letter from JWR publisher


It's never easy to rebuke a well-liked senior member of Congress. That's why maintaining a reformist spirit requires a purifying fire. Pelosi never had it. She merely threw a veneer of goo-goo rhetoric over the same Old Bulls. She wanted to make the late John Murtha majority leader immediately after the 2006 election, despite his pork empire built on earmarks-for-donations.


The fact is Nancy Pelosi is too busy nationalizing health care to do house-work. Obama, too, has been reluctant to disturb Congress so long as it's working to spread the tentacles of government. At any given moment, this calculation looks expedient. Ultimately, it's short-sighted for two reasons.


One, turning the rascals out is practically national sport. As far back as 1816, two-thirds of the members of Congress retired or were defeated for re-election after voting themselves a pay raise. Historian Daniel Walker Howe calls it a "sad end for one of the most talented American Congresses." Less-talented Congresses are always on the verge of the same end if they run afoul of America's engrained suspicion of its lawmakers.


Two, it's very difficult to build sentiment for greater government unless Washington is above reproach. Part of the political genius of the New Deal was that it was administered relatively cleanly. At the recent health-care summit, President Obama objected to Republicans mentioning his plan and Washington in the same breath, since Washington is so unpopular. That will never change so long as influential committee chairmen doze on the beach on the corporate dime without consequence.

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