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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 Sept. 19, 2013 / 15 Tishrei, 5774

Debt Limit -- Not CR -- Is Where To Make A Stand

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Republican Party has it exactly backwards:


  • Don't threaten to close the government down over ObamaCare;

  • But do threaten not to raise the debt limit unless welfare entitlements are ratcheted back.


The debt limit fight is the right place to make a stand. The public does not like debt or borrowing and realizes that excessive debt is at the core of our financial problems. Obama looks strong demanding that the government stay open. But he will look bad demanding that we borrow more money

And ObamaCare is not the place to make a stand. Only 52% of the public opposes the program. While a majority, it is not a strong enough one on which to premise a national crisis. If opposition to ObamaCare were to rise to 60-65 percent, it would be different. But it's not there yet. Once we all see our premiums increase and the young see that they cannot afford the premiums or the fines they will face and the elderly start facing a denial of care, it will change. But we can't move ahead of events and expect the public to follow.

But all of America understands that our spending on welfare has skyrocketed and that we can't afford it. Suspicions about welfare aid are strong and abiding. If the Republicans oppose any debt limit hike until means tested entitlements are put under control, Americans will applaud. Nobody wants to borrow to pay welfare. If the Republicans plant themselves on this issue and do not give in, they will score a massive victory that could go far to repairing the Republican image and sullying Obama's.


There is no correlation between keeping the government open and funding ObamaCare. The linkage between the two only exists as a result of the technicalities of budgeting and the start of a new fiscal year.

But the link between borrowing and welfare spending is obvious to everyone. Who can but applaud a decision to stop borrowing until we stop spending? This is the battle line the Party must occupy and hold.

And by focusing on means tested entitlements like Medicaid, food stamps, and welfare rather than other entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, and Veterans benefits, we move the debate to an area of vulnerability for Obama. The Administration has succeeded in making everyone think of Social Security. We need to focus attention on Medicaid instead.

There is a time to fight and a time not to fight. The time is mid-October when the debt limit is up and the place is over welfare entitlements.

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