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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 Oct. 23, 2013/ 19 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Congress Cedes Control over Borrowing: a Dictator's Dream

By Betsy McCaughey



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The bargain rushed through Congress last week to reopen the government clobbers the U.S. Constitution. It shifts control over the debt ceiling from Congress to the president, in violation of Article 1 Section 8, and it pushes the nation toward a slippery slope of allowing the president unlimited power to borrow.

Article 1 Section 8 states that "Congress shall have the Power To lay and collect Taxes ... to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; ?To borrow Money on the credit of the United States."

Until 1917, the president had to ask for Congress's permission each time he borrowed and frequently acquiesced to conditions. However, in 1917, Congress devised the debt ceiling, which allowed the president flexibility to borrow up to a certain amount in order to ease the funding process for World War I. Ever since, presidents have come to Congress once or twice a year for a debt ceiling hike. Until this year, Congress had never abdicated control over the nation's indebtedness. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Congress can't surrender its powers to another branch of government or change how laws are made (INS v. Chadha, 1983). But that's what the deal concocted Wednesday night does. Instead of raising the debt ceiling, the Default Prevention Act of 2013 suspends it and shifts power to the president to determine how much the nation should borrow. Congress's check on borrowing is so diminished as to be laughable. It will now require a two-thirds vote — a supermajority — in both houses to "disapprove" the president's decision on what the debt ceiling should be. There is no real negotiating, as all previous presidents have had to do.

This is no more constitutional than if Congress ceded its taxing power to the president, telling Obama that he could impose whatever taxes he wants unless two-thirds of both houses disapprove. The Default Prevention Act of 2013 puts the president in the driver's seat instead of Congress. It was done for the first time last January, at the urging of now former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. It moves the nation dangerously close to the Democratic Party's goal of eliminating the debt ceiling permanently — a dictator's dream.


Why is it dangerous? Because once Congress cedes its control over borrowing, debate on the nation's indebtedness will disappear from the headlines. How politically convenient that will be for the pro-spending party and the spend-a-holic president.

Even with Congress monitoring this president's borrowing, Obama has nearly doubled the national debt in a mere five years. As of August 2013, federal debt exceeded our entire national output (GDP). Only a handful of other countries — such as Greece, Italy, Spain and Jamaica — share that badge of fiscal shame.

The public would already be feeling the impact if the president were not on an interest rate honeymoon. The average rate paid for government obligations is a tiny 1.98 percent, a third of what it was in 2000. When the rates go up, as they inevitably will, servicing the debt will claim far more than the current 10 percent of tax revenues. It could claim as much as 30-40 percent of revenues. The more debt that is loaded on because of this new Wednesday night bargain, the more onerous future debt service will be.

For technical reasons, it may not be possible to correct Wednesday's constitutional travesty through a lawsuit. That doesn't mean what Congress did was right. Members of Congress take an oath to uphold the Constitution, and they should give themselves a refresher course on what it means. Even when deadlines loom and politicians can't seem to get along, ceding Congress's constitutional duties to the executive branch is a dangerous remedy. It plays into what Obama apparently aspires to do — govern by edict. As he has said numerous times, when Congress won't go along with what he wants, he will get it done on his own. Our system of checks and balances was designed to protect us from such executive overreach.

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Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York, founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and the author of "Beating Obamacare." .

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Previously:

10/16/13: Obamatude Ahead

10/09/13: Obama's Dangerous Claim to Executive Power

10/02/13: Big Brother Is Speaking

09/25/13: Dem Big Wigs' appalling ignorance about Constitution should be an American embarrassment

09/18/13: Sex and Subsidies in the Nation's Capital

09/11/13: Obama Wants Your Sexual History

09/04/13: Obama's Labor Day Lies

08/28/13: Speaker John Boehner's Mission: Defend the Constitution

08/14/13: The Rule Of Law Versus King Obama

08/07/13: Congress Exempts Itself From the Law

07/31/13: Defunding: the Framers' Remedy for Presidential Lawlessness

07/10/13: REVEALED: Corrupt Ploy to Boost Health Exchanges

07/03/13: Who Are Your Heroes?

06/27/13: Will you be shocked by what's really in immigration reform bill?

© 2013 Creators Syndicate

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