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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 August 23, 2011 / 23 Menachem-Av, 5771

Gangster government's solution: Let's kill the (financial) messenger

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There were few jobs in ancient Greece more fraught with peril than that of messenger, because if a king was unhappy with the content of a message, he often took out his displeasure on the person who carried it.

The custom of killing the messenger was so widespread that in his play Antigone, Sophocles used it as a metaphor for lashing out at the innocent. After Shakespeare used it twice (in Henry IV and Antony and Cleopatra), the metaphor became entrenched in the English language.

It's been ages since a ruler actually killed a messenger, but Democrats seem to want to revive the practice.

The ceiling on the national debt had to be raised, President Barack Obama said, to prevent a downgrade in America's credit rating. He and Senate Democrats negotiated a deal with House Republicans to raise it in exchange for $2.4 trillion in spending cuts over ten years.

A few days after it passed, the bond rating agency Standard & Poors downgraded America's credit.

S&P's reasoning was straightforward. The bond rating agency thinks deficits need to be reduced by at least $4 trillion over the next ten years.

S&P wasn't alone in bearing this message. Egan-Jones, a much smaller bond rating agency, lowered our credit rating in July because our debt is too high. Moody's, the other big bond rating agency, also thinks the deficit must be cut by at least $4 trillion.

The administration responded with what a British newspaper described as "an unprecedented attack on the credibility and integrity" of S&P.

The communications director for the Democratic National Committee urged his Twitter followers to attack the bond rating agency.

Liberal bloggers said the downgrade was motivated by politics. Unlikely, since most of the political contributions from senior executives at S&P in recent years have gone to Democrats.

The Senate Banking Committee may probe S&P's decision to downgrade debt, a Democratic staffer said.

The Justice Department has begun an investigation of Standard & Poors, the New York Times reported Aug. 17. Allegedly, Justice is trying to find out why S&P gave high ratings to subprime mortgage bonds virtually up until the time they crashed in 2008, taking the economy with them. But other bond rating agencies gave this trash high ratings too, so some find it odd Justice is investigating only S&P

Within days of the downgrade, the Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation of S&P for insider trading, even though the SEC has no evidence anyone there has done anything improper.

"The SEC's actions against S&P look like petulant reaction by the Obama administration against the messenger of bad news," said the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier.

Frantic Democrats attack the messenger to divert attention from why our credit was downgraded, and who is responsible for it. House Republicans passed a bill that would have trimmed spending by nearly $6 trillion -- more than enough to keep our credit good. Democrats rejected it. If Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, there may have been no spending cuts at all.

The unwillingness of Democrats to trim either spending or Mr. Obama's orgy of job killing regulations leaves them only with stunts and intimidation with which to win votes.

And the stunts aren't working. Before leaving for his vacation at Martha's Vineyard, Mr. Obama toured three states in a $1.1 million Canadian-built bus.

Before it began, the "Magical Misery Tour" was fodder for late night comedians. Jay Leno said the states the president would visit are "Confusion, Delusion and Desperation." (They were Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.)

To justify sticking taxpayers with the bill, Mr. Obama termed this a "listening tour." But he expected his audiences to listen to him, not he to them. He brushed off criticisms with factually untrue statements. For those concerned about the economy, he promised only to deliver a "major speech" on it after his vacation ends.

Mr. Obama has blamed our economic woes on Europe, the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan, former President Bush, the Tea Party, Congress -- everything except his own policies. Parents of teenagers are familiar with this behavior, but it is unsettling to see it in a president.

Americans don't buy the excuses. In a Gallup poll Aug. 18, 71 percent disapproved of Mr. Obama's handling of the economy.

So all that's left for the left is intimidation. Expect "gangster government" on steroids between now and the election.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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