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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 10 , 2012/ 18 Nissan, 5772

At least Ryan has a deficit-cutting plan

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now that the true battle for the presidency seems joined between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the focus has shifted on whom Romney might choose to join him on the Republican ticket.

The newest favorite seems to be Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget committee and architect of the controversial GOP answer to the continuing long-range national debt crisis.

It seems to me not a bad choice given the fact that Ryan fits the conservative model needed for that wing of the party while at the same time bringing an economic expertise that Romney needs in a campaign where the pocketbook will be the crucial issue.

Ryan also has the advantage of being young, handsome and not burdened with the stigma of overzealousness on social issues exhibited by Rick Santorum, for instance — a posture that has turned off independents and moderates and women of both parties.

Last week, in an address to the American Society of News Editors, Obama roundly criticized Ryan's latest plan to slash the federal deficit by trillions of dollars through radical changes in entitlements and contingency spending cuts.

He linked Ryan and Romney, who called the highly controversial Ryan proposal "marvelous," and doused both in flammable rhetoric, clearly designed to take advantage of fears over Social Security and Medicare. Obama either regards Ryan as a liability for his opponent or is taking an early shot at a potential vice presidential candidate.

This reminded me of an incident last year when the chairman of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, Steve Israel, used some of the same language to criticize an earlier Ryan budget without offering a substitute. In a Christian Science Monitor breakfast session with reporters and columnists, I said that while Ryan's proposal might not be to his liking, it was at least a plan, a starting point. "Do you have one to counter or is it your intention just to scare the hell out of the old folks on Medicare?"

His response was less than cordial and utterly uninformative. "Who are you?" he barked.

It was a question I had not heard in nearly 40 years of attending these affairs. When he was told, he fumbled his way through a non-answer that left only one thing clear. Neither he nor his party at the time had an alternative. Their only interest, to be trite, was to use Ryan's efforts as a political football.

That seems to me to be the weakness in the Democratic campaign strategy, a lack of a viable alternative plan for getting the deficit spending under control.

Ryan's radical positions, if you consider them that, should be met with a better argument than that they callously disregard the poor, the old and on and on without offering a solid different approach. This has been a Democratic Party campaign staple for generations. With a solid sub in hand, Democrats would be more credible in their claims of Republican intransigence when it comes to compromise.

The president is vulnerable on the economy. And while the abysmal statistics on jobs and other aspects had their roots in the prior administration, most of them worsened on his watch and are, therefore, his responsibility.

Meanwhile, Romney, clearly the nominee barring an utterly unforeseen circumstance, could use Ryan's budgetary expertise to good advantage. The downside, of course, is that the Midwesterner's proposals are too disruptive for a good many Americans. He could be just too much a liability. At least that's what some campaign analysts are bound to argue.

Nevertheless, he is a sincere, down-to-earth politician who offers innovation and connections to the middle class, something that Romney lacks.

It always has appeared to me that the former Massachusetts governor is a bit of a carbon copy of former President George H.W. Bush, whose failure to understand the common person was so extensive it cost him re-election. The elder Bush recently endorsed Romney. It was no surprise. He could always identify best with the culture of privilege.

There are a number of potential running mates out there who might serve Romney — a woman, perhaps — in what is still considered an uphill effort. However, Ryan seems at the top of the list at the moment.

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04/05/12: Celebrate one-year rent-a-teams?

03/12/12: A kinder, gentler day when fists settled disputes

03/05/12: Do conservatives want a victory or a statement?

02/27/12: Hillary vs. Jeb?

02/17/12: Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

02/17/12: Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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