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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 July 22, 2011 / 20 Tamuz, 5771

Mean opposition to means-testing

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "… the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary."
- H.L. Mencken, journalist, "In Defense of Women," 1918

Many liberals who want to soak the rich with taxes also want to soak the poor to give the rich welfare, not the least of these hyper hypocrites being the only confessed socialist in the U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

We could pick on others, but let's pick on him as the first winner of the Mencken Alarmist Award given by me to whatever hoaxer has best lived up recently to the above quote. Sanders did it to perfection in a California speech.

He took on the balanced, thoughtful Medicare reform plan courageously put forth by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., telling his audience — get ready to clamor — that it would produce death panels, not disputed Sarah Palin death panels, but real death panels under which 45 million Americans just might perish, G0d bless their souls.

That's a large pile of bodies, and I guess it's enough to upset anyone, although it's an obvious phantom invented by this politician who is paid $174,000 a year to know better. Maybe he really, honestly doesn't, in which case the people of Vermont really, honestly ought to vote to put him on a pension instead of the salary.

He also ought to know that if you do not reform Medicare, there will eventually be no Medicare, and he ought to know that means-testing — extending aid to the people who need it and not so much to the people who don't — is one way to begin to get there.

Ryan has it in his Medicare plan. The Heritage Foundation wants more means-testing for both Social Security and Medicare. The majority on President Barack Obama's sadly neglected debt commission think it's a good idea for Social Security, as does Peter Orszag, former budget director under Obama. Sanders, however, hopes to rescue Bill Gates from being one of the 45 million corpses.

Why the solicitude from a senator who has never met a rich person he didn't wish to strip of all belongings so they can be given to folks as poor as he'd like the rich to be?

Doesn't he know that the people footing the entitlement bill include minimum wage earners and that the elderly include many of the best-off people in the country?

Is he aware that fewer and fewer people are going to be supporting more and more recipients, causing one of my friends to advise me to choose my worker well?

The answer of course is politics. If the rich and near-rich don't get theirs, he figures, they'll turn their backs on the programs. I hope not, but even if there is a risk, it's crucial to act because Medicare spending is going crazy, we've spent Social Security surpluses on other things and we borrowed $37 billion last year to make up for it. There is no way to tax our way out of what's now a $61.6 trillion unfunded liability.

Nobody is proposing means-testing that will affect current recipients or anyone for years. It would be phased in gradually. And by the way, it probably won't be enough. You might have to make Sanders happy by also raising the income cap on Social Security taxes. You might have to raise the retirement age. You will certainly want to slow benefit growth for the better off through a revised indexing formula for initial benefits.

But we need to understand that the whole range of safety-net programs and entitlements constitute 60 percent of our budget while defense comes to roughly 20 percent, meaning everything else is 20 percent. If we don't address entitlements, we don't address the debt and the great American experiment could maybe go kerplunk. And that's not hobgoblin talk.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:

07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse

07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling

07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly

07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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