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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 31, 2013/ 24 Menachem-Av, 5773

Defunding: the Framers' Remedy for Presidential Lawlessness

By Betsy McCaughey



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two weeks ago, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted to strip the scandal-ridden Internal Revenue Service of nearly one-quarter of its 2014 budget as punishment for its targeting of political groups and its costly boondoggles. Shockingly, Senate Democrats voted to increase the IRS' budget.

Last week, numerous Republicans in both houses of Congress threatened to cut off all funding for the federal government as of Oct. 1 in response to President Obama's unconstitutional stance that he can pick and choose which parts of Obamacare he will implement. On July 3, the Obama administration disclosed that it would not implement Obamacare's employer mandate on Jan. 1, 2014, though the law says the mandate "shall" go into effect that day. The administration pretended it was no big deal. But it violates the law and affects 10 million currently uninsured or underinsured workers whose employers would have been subject to the mandate. The cost of insuring these workers is shifted from employers to taxpayers who foot the bill for subsidized insurance on the new Obamacare exchanges. At an average cost of $5,290 per subsidized enrollee, according to the Congressional Budget Office, this will add billions to the cost of Obamacare next year alone.

Two days later there was another whopper. On July 5, the Obama administration revealed that it would also skip the health law's requirement that applicants seeking taxpayer subsidies to pay for their insurance have their income and insurance eligibility verified. Welcome fraudsters, too bad again for taxpayers.

President Obama does not have the authority to choose which parts of the law are enforced. In 1975, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against President Richard Nixon's inflated claims that he could selectively carry out the law. But going to court to keep presidents in line is slow and necessitates finding litigants to sue the president. The framers gave Congress a more practical way to resist a power-hungry president: defunding. Defunding is precisely what members of Congress are supposed to do when a president breaks the law. It's checks and balances in action.

Two centuries ago, the chief architect of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison, declared in Federalist No. 58 that Congress' authority over spending is the "most complete and effectual tool" to stop a president from grabbing more power than the Constitution allows.



Utah Senator Mike Lee is taking a page out of Madison''s playbook. On July 17, Lee urged Congress to vote against any continuing resolution to fund the federal government after Sept. 30, so long as it funds Obamacare.

"Laws are supposed to be made by Congress, not ... (by) the president, who has now amended Obamacare twice. Once by saying individuals have to comply with the law during their first year, but employers don't. Then in saying we aren't even going to require people to prove their income."

Lee said that if the administration is not prepared to fully enforce Obamacare as enacted, it should agree to delay the entire law and remove its funding from the budget. Eleven fellow Republican Senators, and at least 60 Republican House members, have signed on to Lee's defunding stance.

Lee's constitutional case is airtight. Yet the Democratic Party and Obama's supporters in the media are trying to label the defunding strategy "government sabotage," "radicalism" and "obstructionism." They need a refresher course on the Constitution.

Sadly, some Republicans are whining about the political consequences if Obama calls their bluff and allows the government to run out of money.

"They're going to shut down the Grand Canyon," Arizona Sen. John McCain warned, and he'll hear about it from unhappy voters.

Several senators who originally signed on with Lee saw the political risk, lost their nerve and removed their names. Sen. Richard Burr even called withholding funding "the dumbest idea I've ever heard."

There is nothing dumb about protecting the Constitution. Members of Congress took an oath to uphold it. If not now, when The more times this president is permitted to trample the Constitution, the more freedom we've lost.

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Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York, founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and the author of "Beating Obamacare." .

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Previously:

07/10/13: REVEALED: Corrupt Ploy to Boost Health Exchanges

07/03/13: Who Are Your Heroes?

06/27/13: Will you be shocked by what's really in immigration reform bill?

© 2013 Creators Syndicate

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