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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 18, 2011 / 16 Tamuz, 5771

You'd think these numbers would frighten Dems

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "We don't estimate speeches," responded Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, when asked why CBO hadn't prepared a detailed analysis of President Barack Obama's proposed budget.

Mr. Elmendorf's quip illustrates how unserious Mr. Obama has been in the fiscal crisis. He is the first president since CBO was established in 1974 to fail to provide enough detail for CBO to "score" his budget plan.

Mr. Obama isn't alone in what is, literally, criminal irresponsibility. It's been more than two years since Senate Democrats have produced a budget, which the majority party is required by law to do.

"I've bent over backwards to work with Republicans," Mr. Obama said in his news conference Monday on negotiations to raise the ceiling on the national debt.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell disagrees. "The president has presented us with three choices: smoke and mirrors, tax hikes, or default. Republicans choose none of the above."

Mr. Obama's aides told reporters he'd offered to trim spending by $1.7 trillion over the next ten years in exchange for tax increases.

The Democrats' plan would trim just $2 billion from the president's spending plans for next year, the director of the Office of Management and Budget told Sen. McConnell. That's less than one tenth of one percent of what is needed to prevent financial catastrophe, Republicans think.

Here's why Republicans are worried. In 2001, the national debt was $5.95 trillion. By the time Barack Obama took office it nearly doubled -- to $11 trillion -- and is $14.34 trillion now, a 141 percent increase in just ten years. The U.S. issued more debt last year than all the rest of the world's governments combined.

The Treasury Department announced Wednesday the budget deficit this fiscal year will exceed last year's $1.29 trillion deficit. If we keep spending money we don't have at the rate President Obama's been spending it, the national debt will double again by 2022. Interest on the debt will be the largest federal expenditure. Interest payments and entitlement programs -- if unreformed -- will consume all but eight cents of every dollar the government spends.

You'd think these numbers would frighten Democrats, too, but they want to go on spending as usual. Hence the impasse over the debt ceiling.

He couldn't guarantee Social Security checks would go out if the debt ceiling isn't raised by Aug. 2nd, Mr. Obama told Scott Pelley of CBS Tuesday.

That's a lie. If the debt ceiling isn't raised, Treasury won't be able to borrow more money. But current tax revenues are more than enough to make interest payments on debt already issued; to pay Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans' benefits, and to cover the wages and insurance benefits of federal employees, Treasury says. So there would be no default, nor any hardship to people dependent upon government checks, unless President Obama deliberately chooses to inflict such pain.

Mr. Obama is holding a gun to grandma's head to try to buffalo Republicans into acceding to real tax increases in exchange for phantom budget cuts. But the debt crisis is entirely a product of too much spending.

In addition to the $862 billion Mr. Obama spent on a stimulus that didn't stimulate, and a $1.4 trillion price tag (over ten years) for Obamacare, the president has raised discretionary nondefense spending 24 percent.

The federal government now consumes 24 percent of the gross domestic product, the highest burden ever except for World War II. (Since 1903, federal spending has averaged a hair over 20 percent of GDP).

Federal spending hasn't been reduced since FY 1965. Even under the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, which Democrats have described as "draconian," spending would rise by nearly $40 trillion over the next ten years. When politicians talk about spending "cuts," what they really mean is slowing the rate of growth.

Since World War II, federal tax revenues have averaged 18 percent of GDP. Income tax rates varied widely during this period, and there were both booms and busts. But tax revenues never exceeded 20.6 percent of GDP. That seems to be a ceiling, and it suggests the budget cannot be balanced unless spending is held to no more than 20 percent of GDP.

Few in the "mainstream" media make note of these facts, which is why Mr. Obama figures he can lie brazenly and get away with it. Journalists have his back.

The president has good reason to feel confident, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday (7/14). It indicated that if the debt ceiling is not raised, 48 percent of voters will blame Republicans, only 34 percent will blame Mr. Obama.

That won't last in the wake of the snit fit Mr. Obama threw Wednesday (7/13), thinks Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner. The president stormed out of a meeting after telling Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the House Majority Whip: "don't call my bluff."

"Up until now, the liberal media has been dutifully playing along with the preferred White House script that Obama is the 'adult in the room,' far above Washington politics," Mr. Carroll said. "But at some point the facts will make it impossible to play along."

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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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