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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 Aug 21, 2012/ 3 Elul, 5772

Hoist by their petard: Mediscare campaign will backfire on Dems

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Someone who looks like Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pushes an old woman in a wheelchair over a cliff as the ad claims he would leave seniors "without Medicare." It was, said PolitiFact, the 2011 Lie of the Year.

Expect to see that ad often now that Rep. Ryan is on the GOP ticket. This pleases MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, who said it's the ad he likes most in this campaign.

The ad and Mr. Matthews' fondness for it epitomize the Democrats' strategy for re-electing President Barack Obama. They assume senior citizens are greedy and stupid, that maintaining their government benefits as they are is more important to them than the welfare of their children and grandchildren.

Democrats also assume that seniors will take their word that Republicans plan to cut their benefits. That they'll make no effort to determine the facts. It would be disastrous for Democrats if they did, because in the Medicare reform plan Rep. Ryan drafted with Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore:

• No one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way.

• Traditional Medicare fee-for-service plans would remain available to all.

• Overall funding for Medicare would grow at the same rate as in President Obama's budget proposals.

It's the Democrats who plan to cut benefits for those who receive them now. Starting in October, they'll take $716 billion from Medicare to help fund Obamacare.

Seniors, presumably, would be unhappy if they knew about this. President Obama must think so, because he's spending $8.3 billion on a "demonstration project" of dubious legality to conceal until after the election his plans to gut the popular Medicare Advantage program.

Most seniors don't know this because few in the news media have reported much about the Obamacare cuts to Medicare, or on the administration's efforts to conceal them. The key Democratic assumption is that the "mainstream" media is completely in the tank for them.

When Gallup asked them in April 2011, seniors 65 and older chose the Ryan plan, 48 percent to 42 percent. In a poll by a Democratic firm this month, voters preferred the Ryan approach, 52 percent to 37 percent, once it was explained to them.

So relying on the bias and dishonesty of the likes of Chris Matthews is a better bet.

But some of their friends in the news media will not let them lie with impunity. CNN's Wolf Blitzer dogged Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic National Committee chair, until she admitted her charge that the Ryan plan would hurt current Medicare recipients was false. When former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told the same lie, MSNBC's Chuck Todd corrected him.

My favorite archaic expression -- Shakespeare put it in Hamlet's mouth -- is "hoist with his own petard." A petard was a small explosive used to breach walls. To be "hoist by your own petard" is to be hurt by a scheme you devised to do injury to others.

Because it worked before, Democrats assume Mediscare will work for them again. They don't appreciate -- yet -- how much the public's aversion to Obamacare has changed the game.

In the special election for a House seat in Nevada last year, the Democrat attacked the Republican for proposing "to end Medicare as we know it." The Republican hammered the Democrat for supporting the Medicare cuts in Obamacare. He got 63 percent of the vote in a swing district. It's Democrats who plan to "end Medicare as we know it."

The biggest help their friends in journalism give Democrats is to downplay or suppress news unhelpful to them. By bringing health care reform back to center stage, the Democrats' Mediscare campaign undermines this. Journalists can ignore no longer the facts about the parlous financial condition of Medicare, and the Obamacare cuts to it. And because these facts are simple and clear -- and will appear in Mitt Romney's ads -- even friendly journalists have to call Democrats out on their most blatant lies, or their own credibility will suffer.

Mediscare hangs a curve ball in the wheelhouse of Paul Ryan, the Babe Ruth of policy wonks. "We want this debate. We need this debate. And we will win this debate," he said in Ohio Wednesday. "Your payroll taxes should go to Social Security and Medicare, not Obamacare."

Democrats are hoist by their own petard.

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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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