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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 June 29, 2011 / 27 Sivan, 5771

Balanced budget or bust

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | After the government has racked up a deficit of $1.5 trillion and over $14 trillion in debt, itís obvious to most Americans that some fundamental reworking of the system that permitted such extravagance is desperately needed and quite overdue. To raise the debt limit in exchange for dollar-for-dollar cuts is one key element of an emerging deal. If Congress is to approve a $2.3 trillion increase in the debt ceiling, it must be matched by an equivalent amount of cuts in the 10-year budget. But what one Congress does, another can undo. And 10 years is a long time.

So this debt-limit negotiation is the time to seek the fundamental and permanent change that can only come through a constitutional amendment. The concept of a balanced-budget amendment has been kicking around for four decades, but now is the time to pass it through Congress.

The state legislatures have never been the obstacle to passing a balanced-budget amendment. Since each has such a requirement in its own constitution, state legislatures will likely look favorably on a parallel federal requirement. The problem has always been to pass it through Congress with the requisite two-thirds majority.

With the Obama administration desperate for a debt-limit increase and the Republicans holding vast new power at the state level as a result of the 2010 elections, now is the time to demand these constitutional reforms. To pass a debt-limit expansion in return only for possibly evanescent spending cuts spread over a decade would be to squander a historic opportunity for basic structural change in our government.

A constitutional amendment should include:


  • A requirement for a balanced budget with deficits permitted only by vote of a supermajority. This requirement will give the forces of fiscal responsibility the bargaining leverage they need to hold the big spenders in check.

  • No tax increases — or changes in the tax code — except through a supermajority of both houses of Congress.

  • A cap on the percentage of GDP that can go to federal government spending; a permanent limit on the growth of government that can only be waived by a supermajority. The cap should not be onerous but should be appreciably less than the 25 percent of GDP the current federal appetite consumes. A phased-in ceiling of 21 percent — slightly above the historical norm — would be appropriate.

  • A line-item veto. Passed in the Clinton years and thrown out by the court, it is now time to embed this change in the Constitution. It will give the president the leverage he needs to stop excessive spending and nutty earmarking. With a Democrat in the White House, now is probably the time to pass it.

  • Give the president the authority to impound money voted by Congress. The legislative branch stripped presidents of this authority during the realignment of power that took place during the Nixon presidency. The time has come to restore this power so that the president can rein in parochial, special-interest-driven appropriations voted by Congress. Again, with a Democrat in the White House, this might be the ideal time to pass it.


Some will object that provisions for waiving these requirements by a supermajority in Congress will give the big-spending legislators just the opening they need to continue to rack up debt. But all will agree that some flexibility is needed in the event of war, natural disaster or economic necessity. A supermajority requirement will empower the most fiscally conservative of legislators and give them the bargaining power they need to force responsibility on the rest of Congress.

Without constitutional reform, the Republicans should not agree to raise the debt ceiling. The overspending of the past few years is so egregious that it is obvious that only permanent change embedded in our national charter can save us from ruin. And the political climate for such change is certainly ripe.

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