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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 20, 2011 / 18 Tamuz, 5771

Checkmating Obama

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The House Republicans can checkmate President Obama by passing two one-house bills in the coming week:

1) Allow a conditional increase in the debt limit of up to $200 billion for use only to avoid default. The money could be borrowed only if the Treasury secretary certifies that the funds will be used only for debt service and that there is no other source of funds available for the purpose. Take away the default argument from the president.

2) Prioritize the use of tax revenue in the event of no increase in borrowing authority so that military pay and Social Security checks would not be affected.

Obama's entire political position on the debt limit is based on a giant bluff: that default looms and "I cannot guarantee that Social Security checks will go out" if the limit is not raised. It's a bluff, and he knows it.

The 60 cents of every dollar that the government spends that come from tax revenue — not from debt — will continue to flow into the Treasury. These funds are more than adequate to pay for the really vital expenses. But they are not adequate to pay for the entire federal bureaucracy. Amtrak, EPA, Interior, State, Justice, Energy, Education, Medicaid, the NLRB, NASA, the FTC, HUD and a myriad of other bureaucratic alphabet-soup agencies will have to take a back seat and wait for the debt limit to be raised.

But Obama can hardly go to the ramparts demanding funds for Amtrak or the FTC, so he hides behind the so-called risk of default and a shutoff of Social Security and military pay to make his case for an increased debt limit. He trots out expert after expert to warn of "catastrophe" or "Armageddon" if the limit is not raised.

But if the additional borrowing is not authorized, Obama will himself have to make the choice as to what to fund. If he chooses to pay for Amtrak, not Social Security, that's his decision, and he will have to live with it politically.

In an ideal world, this point would be obvious. But trying to get the liberal media to cover it is beyond the realm of possibility. The major news outlets will still predict disaster and the markets will get suitably nervous. The ratings agencies will chant their warnings and the Dow will begin to teeter.

But if the House makes it clear that there will be no default by passing a small conditional debt-limit increase earmarked exclusively for debt service, it will call Obama's bluff, reassure the markets and totally cut his bargaining position out from under his feet.

Even the liberal media will see his predictions of disaster as unduly alarmist, and his crying wolf will be increasingly seen as spooking the markets and postponing recovery.

Obviously, the Senate will not pass the conditional debt-limit increase or the prioritization of the expenditure of tax revenues. But no matter. Once the House votes it, the ball is in the president's court. It will then be up to him whether a failure to raise the debt limit will cause default.

Remember that President Clinton only won the government shutdown battles of 1995 and 1996 by first laying out his plan for a balanced federal budget. Once the president showed that the Republican spending cuts were not necessary to eradicate the deficit, the GOP had no leg to stand on.

The mainstream media wouldn't cover that there was a path to balance the budget without the Republican cuts. So, in frustration, the Clinton White House began to buy TV ads to explain its view to the American people, and the president addressed the nation to lay out his plan.

For the Republicans to win the coming debt-limit fight, they must take similar prophylactic steps to ensure that they win it.

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