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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 July 8, 2011 / 6 Tamuz, 5771

Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A grand bargain on the debt ceiling may be giddy, misplaced optimism but the possibility is there. Some Republican lawmakers emerging from a meeting with House Speaker John Boehner put the chances at 50-50.

Treasury says the U.S., barring an increase in its borrowing authority by Aug. 2, will lack the money to pay off its obligations and begin defaulting on bond interest, federal salaries, payments to defense contractors, Medicare, basically the whole range of the government's financial responsibilities.

A U.S. default, even a brief one, would be a leap into the economic unknown and no one is sure about the consequences except they will be bad and, at this writing, unnecessary.

Reportedly President Barack Obama and Boehner are within reach of a deal. Obama has just made major concessions in cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other cherished Democratic programs.

He would double the anticipated savings over 12 years from $ 2 trillion to $4 trillion but only if the Republicans agree to raise revenues, a vital half of the equation if the deficit is to be seriously addressed.

This will require considerable political courage on the part of Obama and Boehner. Obama is facing a revolt from Democratic liberals who think he caved too easily on social spending and Boehner faces a noisy and restive GOP faction flatly opposed to any revenue increases, even if they're disguised as loophole closing and ending wasteful subsidies.

If the talks revert to deadlock, Obama is being urged by some Democrats to invoke the 14th amendment, declare the debt ceiling unconstitutional and go ahead and raise it. That post-Civil War amendment says, in part, "The validity of the public debt of .the United States, authorized by law . . . shall not be questioned."

The amendment dealt with Civil War debts but some scholars believe it is applicable to the debt ceiling standoff. Said one, "It was designed to prevent this kind of gamesmanship."

Despite what the absolutists on both sides insist, lawmakers are elected to make judicious compromises and here they are presented with a rare opportunity to make up for a decade of fiscal recklessness.

The battle over the debt ceiling is a serious political crisis, and there is no cause to be served by elevating it into a constitutional crisis.

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Previously:

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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