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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 3, 2011 / 3 Menachem-Av, 5771

Congress goes from one bind to another

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We had hoped that Congress had gotten the "my way or the highway" approach to legislating out of its system in the bilious run-up to the votes on raising the debt ceiling.

Apparently not.

Since June 23 a similar impasse, although on a much smaller scale, is costing the government roughly $30 million a day in uncollected taxes on airline tickets. With the House taking its August recess and the Senate preparing to leave, the deadlock may not be broken until September, costing the government -- meaning us -- over $1.2 billion in lost revenues.

This current mess is collateral damage from a much larger mess: the failure of Congress to enact a new multiyear transportation-funding law to replace the one that expired in 2007.

The Federal Aviation Administration's operating authority expired along with the law, but Congress has kept it in business through a series of 20 short-term extensions.

But Senate Democrats balked at an extension approved by the newly ascendant House Republicans because it cut $16.5 million in subsidies for rural air service and because they made clear they were going to overturn a ruling by a federal labor panel that the GOP believes would make it easier for airline and rail employees to unionize.

The upshot is that the FAA furloughed 4,000 employees -- the air-traffic controllers, deemed essential to public safety, have remained on the job -- and work has stopped on over 200 airport construction projects, upgraded control towers, improved runways and the like. Restarting these idled projects will inevitably increase their final costs.

Assuming the $30 million-a-day figure in lost revenues is correct, as of Tuesday the government was out $330 million. According to the Associated Press, the entire annual budget for the program for rural air services is around $200 million.

So here's where it stands now: Senate Democrats are blocking the House-passed FAA extension because it includes the cuts for rural air service; Senate Republicans are blocking the Senate Democrats' extension because it restores the cuts.

This stuff would actually be funny if it weren't costing us badly needed tax revenues and delaying badly needed airport improvements. As baseball's Casey Stengel once said in a different contest: "Can't anybody here play this game?"

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Previously:

08/02/11: D.B. Cooper may no longer be a mystery

08/01/11: Libya's latest weapon against NATO --- lawsuits

07/29/11: He'll always be known as Hot Wheels Handler

07/25/11: Recruiting children to save a dying town

07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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