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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 28, 2011 / 26 Tamuz, 5771

The Folly in Obama's ‘Grand Bargain’

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here is what I do not understand: President Barack Obama is acutely aware of what will happen if Congress fails to raise the government's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. As he told the nation Monday, if Washington does not raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2, rating agencies are expected to downgrade the government's AAA credit rating, and interest rates will rise for everyone. The fallout could spark "a deep economic crisis."

So why did Obama choose this moment to demand fiscal reform in Washington? When bipartisan commission heads Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson proposed a $4 trillion debt reduction package, Obama could have embraced the plan or supported it with changes, without putting the full faith and credit of the nation on the line. But he rejected the proposal. So why is he pushing for a $4 trillion deal now -- when failure to win it would put the U.S. economy at greater risk?

Why is the president demanding that Republicans agree to tax increases when he knows that tax increases are the poison pill that kills a crucial deal?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has proposed a cynical but useful plan that would raise the debt ceiling and cut spending without raising taxes. Why didn't the president do this? If he shaved the tax increases out of his "grand bargain," the package likely would pass both houses of Congress, and Obama could declare victory and push the rest of his package as he campaigns for re-election.

When Obama and House Speaker John Boehner reportedly were close to a deal, why did Obama throw $400 billion in additional tax increases on top of $800 billion proposed earlier? The New York Times editorialized that Republicans were wrong to reject the deal over "a paltry $400 billion" after praising the president's post-broken-talks news conference, at which he "radiated a righteous fury." From this chair, $400 billion is a big chunk of change. And anyone who makes an impossible bargain more impossible looks like a man who doesn't know how to take yes for an answer.

Why won't the White House release a plan in writing? Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the White House has "shown a lot of leg" on negotiations. But the pro-transparency administration has not put out a plan so that voters could scrutinize it.

Would Democrats even have signed on to Obama's "grand bargain"? Reid clearly is willing to pass a package without tax increases. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said he opposes a deal with a tax increase, and Virginian Jim Webb has voiced reservations, as well. On the party's far left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has bristled at the deal's reported cuts in entitlement spending. Though Obama has complained about Republicans for leaving him at the altar, it's not clear he had a wedding party.

Who gets hurt? Democratic partisans happily blame recalcitrant Republicans who won't compromise, while they ignore Obama's refusal to back down from a bad plan that can't happen.

On Monday, the president complained that "it's not fair" if a debt ceiling deal doesn't close corporate-jet loopholes but reduces funding for education and clean energy. Will it be fair to working families and American homeowners if the U.S. economy falters again?

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