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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 April 3, 2012/ 11 Nissan, 5772

Dems: Do as We Say, Not as We Vote

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Who killed the debt deal?" read The New York Times Magazine as it hyped its Sunday cover story as a "Washington whodunit."

Author Matt Bai explained that "some of Washington's most connected Democrats and Republicans" didn't know whose story to believe or what had been on the table after last summer's "grand bargain" deficit reduction negotiations between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner crumbled.

It's hard to understand how Bai and all those savvy insiders couldn't figure out how the budget talks collapsed. The New York Times reported on their demise in July. Boehner and Obama were working on a 10-year, $3 trillion deficit reduction package that included $800 billion in new revenue. Obama then piled on another $400 billion. Boehner walked. No mystery.

There's no whodunit, only a howdoweexplainit.

Boehner threw the White House off its game by reasonably agreeing to $800 billion in additional revenue through the elimination of deductions and loopholes. Oops.

When members of the Senate's "Gang of Six" -- a bipartisan posse determined to cut the national debt -- announced a proposal to raise revenue by $2 trillion, Obama talked up the gang's proposal. Bad idea. In so doing, Obama made the $800 billion Boehner deal look too puny to tax-happy Democrats. He torched a potato that already may have been too hot for the GOP Biggie to handle.

When the deal fell apart, Obama held a news conference to rail at House Republicans. "Can they say yes to anything?" said the president, with no sense of irony.

The New York Times editorialized, "Republicans killed an overly generous deal largely over a paltry $400 billion."

Bai wrote on the impossible hole into which Obama had dug himself. How could Obama ask Democratic leaders to go for a deal with $800 billion in new revenue when GOP senators applauded the Gang of Six's $2 trillion trial balloon?

There was no vote on the Gang of Six package, no bill -- only a memo, lip service and self-congratulation. That was all it took to nudge Obama off his game.

Last week, the House killed the Obama 2013 budget bill in a 414-0 vote. Not even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi voted for it. Spokesman Drew Hammill explained that a GOP member had put Obama budget language in his own bill to stage "a gimmick vote that the Republican leadership engineered." That is, the GOP arranged the vote to embarrass Democrats, who didn't want to vote for spending cuts or tax increases.

Last May, the Senate killed the Obama 2012 budget in a 97-0 vote.

Bai concluded that though it seems "counterintuitive," if re-elected, Obama probably could do a better job of tackling the deficit than Mitt Romney.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel was having none of it. The spending plan written by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan -- which the House passed 228-191 last week even though it presents political pain -- is, said Steel, the only "responsible budget in Washington right now."

Boehner already saw Obama walk away from a deal. If the president didn't have to worry about winning re-election, would he be more courageous or more outrageous?

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