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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 8, 2011 / 8 Menachem-Av, 5771

Politics again takes precedence over common sense

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just when you think Congress has shown a smidgen of responsibility by deciding it would be bad for the nation to default on its debt obligations, the same people who brought you weeks of indigestion over that issue have let politics once again take precedence over common sense.

Before heading out the door for the August recess, the good solons of the Upper Chamber refused to take action to end a stalemate that has the Federal Aviation Administration reeling from lack of money. The upshot of that disgrace will be at least another month and maybe longer of 4,000 FAA employee layoffs, some 70,000 idled subcontract workers and 40 safety inspectors who are being asked of all things to stay on and fund their own jobs including travel. Here's an idea. Perhaps the members of Congress should give up their pay for a month.

All of this is has been the result of Democrats who believe Republicans are trying to undercut unions and Republicans who see the subsidization of rural airports as a waste of money and have decided to use these lives as shuttlecocks in a political badminton contest. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has assured those who fly that the whole mess will not impact their safety. That, of course, is good news, but might not be all that accurate if one considers that runways overseen by the now hard-pressed inspectors are important to safety. Air traffic controllers, who are funded differently, will stay on the job.

Those furloughed are only the tips of that iceberg. The lack of funds has a ripple effect shutting down construction projects at 200 airports around the nation. In addition, the loss of ticket revenue from this debacle is expected to be a cool $1 billion when every penny is needed to offset the debt. Cutting off the rural subsidy would save $16 million while not acting is costing $30 million a day. That's hardly a fair trade.

Who's to blame? Pick your huckleberry. When temporary financing for the FAA expired last month halting the collection of taxes on airline tickets, the House passed another stop-gap bill to extend funding to mid September and continue the taxation to finance most of the agency's expenses. But that temporary legislation included shutting off the subsidy for 16 rural airports, some in the states of prominent Senate Democrats like Sen. Max Baucus of Montana and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Enter Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, chairman of the committee that oversees the FAA, who demanded that the spending bill not include the provision on rural airports or anything else -- a clean bill as it were.

Republicans contend the rural passenger subsidization is wasteful. The Democrats charge the rural airport issue is being used as diversion from GOP efforts to disallow a new regulation that would make it easier for unions to organize airlines. The National Mediation Board adopted the regulation that union certification could come about through a majority of those voting and not a majority of all employees as had been the case. A bill passed by the Republican House reauthorizing FAA operations would change the new regulation by counting those not voting as 'no' votes.

There seems little question that the House under the direction of Republican Transportation committee chairman John Mica included the Ely, Nev., and Montana airport in a sophomoric effort to stick it to Reid and Baucus. At the same time, there is no doubt that the mediation board's new regulation benefits organized labor mostly allied with Democrats. Got the picture?

What we have at the expense of all those employees and subcontractors of FAA and the potential threat to the public safety is one of those increasingly frequent partisan donnybrooks in this divided government. These are separate issues that should have been treated that way.

So before you get all warm and fuzzy about the prospects of a newly responsible, grown-up Congress, don't be fooled. If you're flying and wonder about all that parked equipment on half finished projects at the local airport, you will realize how fragile that detente really is. Then probably you should think what the next 16 months until election are going to be like and consider moving -- to Australia.

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08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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