In this issue
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. 10, 2013 / 6 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Obama's New Vocabulary

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As his battle with the Republicans focuses more on the debt limit and less on ObamaCare, the president has invented a new vocabulary to suit his political needs.

"Seeking to raise the debt limit" is out. "Preventing an economic shutdown" is in.

"Debt" is never mentioned. The word is "obligations".

This is not an effort to enable the government to borrow more money. It is a battle to meet our nation's obligations.

His urgent efforts to adopt a new vocabulary reflects the underlying reality of this battle as it morphs from ObamaCare to the debt limit.

The words "debt" and "borrowing" and "spending" are politically anathema. So Obama has to invent new words to describe his position.

Even tactically, the president is not refusing to negotiate; he is refusing to hold our nation's credit "hostage" and to meet Republican demands for "ransom."

All of these word games are designed to camouflage how unattractive the president's position really is. Every American understands that before your raise your credit limit on your cards, you had better limit your spending and change your ways.

House Speaker John Boehner must not let the tactical arguments — who is at fault for not talking to whom — replace the fundamental question of curbing spending in the national debate.

Boehner also has precedent on his side. And he needs to use it more. Two years ago, Obama negotiated over the debt limit and agreed to spending cuts in return for avoiding a default. And the spending cuts have been implemented and have succeeded in helping to cut the budget deficit in half

Boehner should cite the maneuvers of two years ago as an example of bipartisan cooperation and call for the same spirit today.

In the meantime, why doesn't Boehner reopen the government, now that he is fighting over the debt limit?

It would be a mistake to do so. President Obama still has the 14th Amendment provision in his pocket. The Amendment, adopted after the Civil War to assure that the debt incurred in winning that conflict would be paid, says that the "public debt of the United States, authorized by law, shall not be questioned."

Obama could pull the amendment out of his pocket and use it to blow right past the debt limit without even asking the Congress or the Republicans. But if the government is closed, the GOP would still have the leverage to stop him.

Republicans made a mistake in shutting down the government over ObamaCare. But now that they have backed off the focus on ObamaCare and put it on additional borrowing authority, they need to stand firm and fight hard.

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