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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 6, 2013/ 30 Menachem-Av, 5773

On ObamaCare, some GOPers offer a hopeless kamikaze charge. Others, doing nothing. There's another choice

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's a dreary similarity to how Republicans blow opportunity after opportunity, because they all stem from the disdain and distrust the GOP's major factions have for each other. It's conservative insurgents vs. moderate pros; flyover country vs. the D.C. beltway, or -- as they're viewed by their antagonists -- the Hicks in the Sticks vs. the Establishment Squishes.

The Hicks propose rash courses of action and make unreasonable demands because they haven't a clue about how government works, the Squishes think. In battles with Democrats, Squishes often raise the white flag before the first shot is fired, think the Hicks. There's enough truth in these caricatures for both factions to feel vindicated. But their focus on intraparty rivals helps Democrats evade the scrutiny they deserve.

Obamacare is more unpopular than ever. The latest to jump ship are moderate Democrats. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll July 23, just 47 percent of respondents who identified themselves that way said they support the law; 46 percent are opposed.

That so many oppose Obamacare is unsurprising. Virtually every promise Democrats made about it has proved to be false. It will raise substantially -- not reduce -- health insurance premiums for most families. It will increase substantially -- not diminish -- what the government spends on health care. Despite assurances, you probably won't be able to keep your private health insurance plan in its present form, or perhaps even your doctor.

Obamacare is one reason they're not hiring, businesses say. It's also one reason doctors are quitting the practice of medicine, surveys suggest. It'll clobber innovation in medical technologies, according to Nick Schulz of the American Enterprise Institute. Even former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean thinks key elements are unworkable.

As more people learn how Obamacare will affect them, opposition rises. Obamacare will "shatter" our health benefits, the chieftains of three of the largest trade unions said in an anguished letter to Democratic leaders in Congress last month. Next to experience buyer's remorse will be members of public employee unions, as they learn they're likely to be dumped onto Obamacare exchanges.

Because Obamacare passed the House in the dead of night without a single Republican vote, Democrats own it. As wrath mounts, their nerves fray.

But angst may be as great among Republicans in Congress, because of a nasty dispute over how far to go to try to stop Obamacare.


Congress must pass a continuing resolution before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 to keep the government running. Republicans should block it unless all funds to implement Obamacare are removed, said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. He's joined by the other young conservative stars, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

This can't possibly succeed, and will backfire big time, the Squishes fear. Most Obamacare funding is in the form of entitlements, which aren't subject to annual appropriations, they note. It can be cut only if the Senate agrees, which isn't going to happen as long as Democrats are in control.

So in the end Republicans will have to back off, say the Squishes. The GOP will be blamed for hardships caused while the government is "shut down" (permitted to spend only as much as is coming in in tax revenues). Attention will be diverted from Obamacare's flaws.

This is essentially what happened when the government was "shut down" in 1995. Which is why ever since Democrats have been trying to goad Republicans into shutting down the government again, and why hardcore conservatives such as Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., who remember what happened then, say the Lee plan is "dishonest" and "madness."

One faction offers a hopeless kamikaze charge. The other, doing nothing. There's another choice.

In delaying for a year enforcement of the employer mandate, President Barack Obama made a decision he has no legal authority to make. The administration also plans to go forward with subsidies for Obamacare even though state-operated exchanges will not yet be required to verify if applicants are eligible -- an invitation to massive fraud.

If Republicans insist on delaying all of Obamacare for a year, they'd be on moral and legal high ground, be more in sync with public opinion and may find allies among Democrats in the Senate who are unwilling to support repeal. For this strategy to work, Republicans in each faction would have to acknowledge those in the other have a point, and to stand together. For some in both factions, that is, evidently, a higher price than they are willing to pay.

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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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