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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 May 19, 2011 / 15 Iyar, 5771

High flyin' Ryan

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In one of those oops moments, the Associated Press sent out a story last Sunday (5/15) with the headline: "Minnesota congressman Paul Ryan mulling Senate bid."

Rep. Ryan is from Wisconsin. To the AP, those states in flyover country are pretty much the same.

If you're like whoever was on the AP's news desk last Sunday, you may not know much about Paul Ryan, and would therefore be puzzled why some prominent conservatives think he should run not for the Senate, but for president.

Mr. Ryan is 41, genial and soft-spoken, handsome in a geeky sort of way. Reuters columnist James Pethokoukis described him as "a wonky version of George Bailey," the character Jimmy Stewart played in "It's a Wonderful Life." He was first elected to his southern Wisconsin district in 1998. And for the time being, he's one of the most important people in Washington.

That's because Paul Ryan is chairman of the House Budget Committee. The budget he's proposed for 2012 -- which would trim $6 trillion from President Barack Obama's spending plans over the next 10 years -- will be the talk of Washington this summer and fall.

Neither President Obama nor the Democratic majority in the Senate have proposed a serious alternative to the Ryan budget. This is because most Democrats don't want to cut spending, but they know a large majority of Americans wants spending cut. So they think it will be safer for them politically to snipe at Ryan's plan without offering one of their own for voters to scrutinize.

The sniping began in earnest during the Easter recess. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) launched radio ads and robo-calls in 50 districts, charging Ryan's plan for reforming Medicare would leave seniors destitute.

"This is false, inflammatory," said the Washington Post in an editorial. In fact, the Ryan plan is based on the very popular health care plan federal employees enjoy, and wouldn't apply to people already on Medicare, or within five years of eligibility for it.

The DCCC and labor unions encouraged activists to attend town meetings, to give the impression there is as much a backlash against Mr. Ryan's budget this year as there was against Obamacare last year.

A man sitting in the front row at his town meeting in Greenfield also had been in the front row six hours earlier in Waterford, Mr. Ryan noticed. "You've changed your shirt," he said good naturedly to Steve Josefczyk.

Democrats got a poor return on their ads and Astroturf. A Gallup Poll April 27 indicated seniors favored Ryan's Medicare plan, 48 percent to 42 percent. Though the news media highlighted hecklers when they could find them, most at town meetings supported GOP efforts to restrain spending.

This was especially so at the 19 meetings Rep. Ryan held, nearly all of which were standing room only. Though the AP story was headlined: "Ryan heckled at town hall meeting in Greenfield," about 70 percent of the audience there gave him a standing ovation.

Mr. Ryan represents " a conservative Republican district," said Time magazine, where devotion to liberalism is greater than devotion to accuracy. Al Gore carried it in 2000, and Barack Obama won there comfortably in 2008.

His district's slightly Democratic hue makes Mr. Ryan's margins -- 64 percent in the Obama landslide, 68 percent last year -- the more impressive. He's a good campaigner.

That's one of the reasons why some want Mr. Ryan to run for president. Others are that Wisconsin is a key swing state, Mr. Ryan is a pro-life Catholic, and he's strong on national defense.

But the most important reason is because the Ryan budget figures to be the foremost issue in 2012. So shouldn't its most knowledgeable and articulate salesman be the GOP candidate?

Mr. Ryan ate Mr. Obama's lunch in their interchange during the White House summit on the deficit a year ago February. That got under the president's thin skin, as he demonstrated with his churlish behavior toward Mr. Ryan during his speech at George Washington University last month.

Mr. Obama likely is splenetic again after Mr. Ryan's masterful address to the Economic Club of Chicago Monday (5/16). "Class warfare may be clever politics, but it's terrible economics," Mr. Ryan said. "Redistributing wealth never creates more of it."

Paul Ryan could stick the needle in deep during presidential debates. That might be reason enough for the GOP to nominate him.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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