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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 24, 2013/ 14 Iyar, 5773

Obama's revenge

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So many of the unattractive parts of the personality and presidency of Barack Obama are evident in how he has handled the sequestration issue -and it's worth looking at for what it tells us about our president and his administrative style.

Let's start with his detachment from the business of government and administration. Confronted with a congressional mandate to cut about $40 billion in spending this year from a total non-defense discretionary budget of about $600 billion, he just ordered across-the-board reductions in proportion to the legislative totals.

When former President Truman faced a need to trim spending, he set up a commission headed by former President Hoover to scour the government and make specific recommendations, most of which he implemented. When former President Clinton felt the weight of congressional pressure to cut spending, he empowered then-Vice President Gore to set up a vast effort to evaluate the procedures of every federal agency as part of his program to "re-invent government." Gore produced hundreds of suggestions, most of which were implemented by a willing chief executive. The result was that Clinton and Gore cut the size of the federal workforce to lower levels than existed during the Eisenhower years.

But when Obama faced the same task, he took the easy way out and just required proportional cutting. Rather than use the cuts as an opportunity for prioritization and streamlining, he lopped off the appropriate sum and called it a day.

The bald fact is that the president either could not or did not want to be bothered to spend the time to identify $40 billion of waste, fraud and duplication in a $600 billion budget. It was too much effort for him.

But then, one wonders why he didn't just tell his Cabinet secretaries to make the cuts and delegate them to do the research and scouring? Why go with the furlough system for cutting spending? Why not lay off the people we don't need? If we could get by with 7 percent less work by federal employees, why not just fire 7 percent of them?

The answer is that Obama wanted to prune federal spending in such a way that it could easily grow back again. Rather than close programs or shutter agencies, he elected to ask everyone to take off one day in 10. Once the sequester ends, they could go back to getting paid for all 10 days.

He never envisioned a cut in the size of government - just a temporary, short-term need to reduce spending for a few months before it resumes its upward trajectory.

And, by refusing to prioritize, he ensured that the sequestration cuts would affect everything, not just the optional areas of federal activity. Instead of closing unnecessary jobs or eliminating some of the duplicative agencies and functions the Government Accounting Office has identified, he just furloughs everyone.

But most distressing is his insistence that furloughs operate to cripple the most vital federal program: control of the skies through the Federal Aviation Administration. With its thumb on the pulse of commerce in America, the FAA's air traffic control function is probably the single most important federal regulatory task. But the 13,000 air traffic controllers have to take the same furloughs as the lowest inspector or bureaucrat because of Obama's across-the-board cuts.

The resulting air delays will impede commerce and inconvenience millions of people.

Is this happenstance? Or is the president deliberately targeting the movers and shakers of our economy for delays and hardship? Is this his revenge against the 1 percent that denied him their votes and support in 2012? Is he inwardly relishing their torment as the just reward for insisting on cuts in federal spending in the first place?

Is this Obama's revenge?

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