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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 Oct. 9, 2013/ 5 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

The dirty little secret about the government 'shutdown'

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The presidency is a "bully pulpit," said Teddy Roosevelt.

"For Roosevelt, 'bully' was an adjective meaning 'excellent' or 'first-rate' -- not the noun 'bully' ('a blustering browbeating person') that's so common today," the Merriam-Webster dictionary explains.

For Barack Obama, "bully" has the more common meaning.

The dirty little secret about the government "shutdown" is that not very much of it is shut down. Essential services go on. Checks for Social Security and Medicare go out as usual.

Spending is cut about 17 percent during the "shutdown." If it were to last a full year, spending would be cut from $3.6 trillion to about $2.9 trillion -- which is what the government spent the year before Mr. Obama became president.

Few Americans are hurt. Primarily impacted are the roughly 800,000 federal employees deemed "nonessential," who've been put on unpaid leave. But they'll get back pay once the "shutdown" ends.

To make the reality of the "shutdown" comport with his apocalyptic rhetoric, President Obama is inflicting as much pain as he can on ordinary Americans.

He's ordered all national parks closed -- including more than 100 privately staffed parks that make money for the government.



It's one thing to close a park for lack of staff, to prevent injury to visitors or damage to the property. It's quite another to spend more money to prevent people from viewing monuments when neither the people nor the monuments are at risk.

*When Wesley Pruden of the Washington Times asked a Park Service ranger why the Park Service tried to block access to George Washington's home -- which is owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, not the government -- the ranger replied: "We've been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It's disgusting."

*Park Police physically removed patrons and staff from the privately managed Claude Moore Colonial Farm, which sits on federal land but hasn't taken a dime of federal money since 1980.

*On the National Mall in Washington D.C., rangers blocked access to and shooed visitors away from the monuments and memorials.

*In South Dakota, the Park Service tried to block off highway viewing areas of Mt. Rushmore.

*In Nevada, people who own homes on federal land near Lake Mead have been denied access to them.

*In Florida, the Park Service declared 1,100 square miles of ocean off limits to fishermen.

*In North Carolina, Park Police blocked access to the privately managed Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway, putting 100 people out of work. Throughout the country, thousands have been thrown out of work in privately owned inns, restaurants and marinas on federal land.

It is senseless to close profit-making businesses unaffected by the budget dispute in Washington, which is why nothing like this was ever done during the 17 previous "shutdowns" since 1977.

That so many Park police are available to bully law abiding Americans suggests there are quite a few more "nonessential" employees who ought to have been furloughed.

The president has considerable latitude in determining what is "essential" and what isn't. Mr. Obama's choices make it clear he's acting out of spite.

*The commissaries (grocery stores) on military bases have been closed, but the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base where Mr. Obama often plays is open. So is the presidential retreat at Camp David.

*Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tacitly admitted the furloughs last week of DoD civilians were for show when he announced Saturday most of the workers would be recalled.

The Republican-controlled House has passed eight bills so far to fund portions of the government, including all the national parks, but the Democrat-controlled Senate has refused to pass any of them.

For the GOP to propose funding the government "piecemeal" is "blackmail," CNN's Candy Crowley said Sunday.

She either doesn't know -- or doesn't want you to know -- that prior to Barack Obama's presidency, it was the well-established practice of Congress to fund the government in 13 different appropriations bills, each dealing with particular subject areas, so they could be properly scrutinized.

Never before has a president deliberately tried to hurt Americans.

That's a story the news media should cover, not cover up.

Barack Obama is a petulant thug.

To make the sequester seem more painful than it is, he canceled White House tours (but continued to spend lavishly on himself), and ordered the FAA to delay flights.

His stormtrooper tactics backfired then. They're backfiring again now.



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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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