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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 August 20, 2009 / 30 Menachem-Av 5769

Middle-aged rant

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | At a recent Colorado town hall, University of Colorado at Boulder student Zach Lahn asked President Obama how private insurers could be expected to compete with a public health care plan. Lahn, 23, also told Obama, "I'd love to have a debate just all out, anytime, Oxford-style, if you'd like" on health care.


Obama answered that UPS and FedEx are a doing a lot better than the Post Office. (If I were Obama, I wouldn't mention the post office while touting public health care.) Then the president observed, "It's good to see a young person who's very engaged and confident challenging the president to an Oxford-style debate." And: "I like that. You got to have a little chutzpah, you know."


A little chutzpah? Methinks Obama is losing the air of genuineness that served him so well during the 2008 campaign. Me also thinks I could have been that kid 30 years ago. Except then, the adults around me would have scolded me later for not showing respect for the president's office and experience.


For all his mouth, Lahn ended up espousing his views on CNN. "And you're ready to debate others in an Oxford-style debate as well, I assume?" CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked him Monday. Well, Lahn replied, he might be willing to debate those "making decisions for this country."


Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told me he thought Lahn was one of his students. "I've seen so many exactly like him." If our generation was arrogant, this generation is over-endowed with "a sense of entitlement. They expect (to start in) upper-middle management, if they're not running the place."


That said, this sense of entitlement is not limited to young voters. Consider the town hall attendees who hectored Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Penn. — whom I don't particularly like — with the chant, "You work for us." Like he's their waiter.


Senators and members of Congress don't "work for" voters — like kitchen help. They represent voters. Sabato described the distinction thusly: "A member of Congress works for close to 700,000 people. That means that any given individual is a grain of sand upon the shore and needs to recognize that. It's not to say we're unimportant, but we are not individually their boss. As a group, we are their boss. It's their responsibility to interpret the group as a whole, and not simply take instructions from every one of the 700,000 individuals."


And: Elected officials are not mere order-takers, but trustees who learn things on the job — and are duty bound to give voters not what they want at a moment, but what is in the public's best interest long term.


Sabato believes some voters are angry because they see a D.C. health care plan being shoved down their throats. At another town hall, plainspoken Montanan Randy Rathie, told the president: "That's all we get is bull. You can't tell us how you're going to pay for this."


I look at ObamaCare and see the California Budget Mess all over again. When lawmakers promise European-style services at American tax rates, the only sure result is more debt.


But that's what American voters chose when they went for the candidate who promised universal health care with no new taxes for 95 percent of American families. Entitlement is a rush — until the bill comes due.

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