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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 March 18, 2013/ 7 Nissan, 5773

Beat Obama Over Spending

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Republicans need to focus their fire on spending, spending and spending. Obama is vulnerable and exposed and can be taken down over this issue. His recent drop in polling can be directly attributed to his spirited opposition to the sequester cuts.

Ever since President Obama succeeded in raising taxes, he has been left naked and unprotected on his opposition to spending cuts. No longer can he deflect proposals to curb the massive federal spending and debt by saying that we should first try to raise taxes on the rich. Now that he has had his way, he's lost his cover.

So Obama has been badly hurt during the sequester battle. Openly exposed for pushing higher spending and crying wolf at the sequester cuts, it has become clear that he wants spending to go higher and higher. He can no longer sell dire warnings about the looming threats of spending cuts. With only 24% now saying that sequester cuts hurt, his credibility in warning of the impact of spending reductions is shot.

He now is seeking to cover up his plans for higher spending through his charm offensive with Republican leaders. But don't fall for it.

Republicans should take dead aim at Medicaid and push for its block-granting as Congressman Paul Ryan has proposed and turn it over to the states. By making Medicaid the focus, Republicans can point to its rapid inflation (it is rising in cost 50% faster than Medicare) and note that, under ObamaCare, it is slated to rise even more.

Obama's strategy is to diver the focus from Medicaid or any of the other means-tested entitlements (food stamps, section 8 housing, unemployment insurance, disability benefits, or welfare) by talking, instead about Medicare. It's not that he wants to cut Medicare — he doesn't — but it is that he hopes to get the GOP committed to Medicare cuts so that he can use it as a club to beat them up.

Obama wants Medicare to be the issue; Republicans must insist that it be Medicaid that is the center of attention.

Unfortunately, the Ryan budget includes his usual proposal to transform Medicare into a voucher system in ten years. He says that his voucher system (called a premium support payment) will exist side-by-side with traditional Medicare. But only 5-10 percent of his projected budget savings of almost $5 trillion over ten years comes from Medicare cuts. It is very unwise for the party to go down that road. It's a trap.

But by avoiding Medicare and Social Security and focusing the debate on Medicaid and government spending, the Republicans call Obama's bluff and leave his plans for big government for all to see.

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