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. 11, 2013 / 7 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Is A Solution In Sight?

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Read the tea leaves:

1. Obama says he’s willing to sign a short term Continuing Resolution and a limited increase in the debt limit lasting a few months. Of course, he says the bills must be clean, without conditions, but that is a good place to start serious moves.

2. Obama is breaking his splendid isolation and summoning Congressional groups for meetings. These meetings are largely photo ops to defray charges that Obama is doing nothing to resolve the crisis. But Obama did invite the entire Republican house delegation to come over for a photo opp. Boehner wisely said that he wouldn’t bring 235 members. That would have been an audience. Instead he’s coming with 18 members. That’s a negotiation.

3. Boehner recommends that people read the Wall Street Journal Op Ed by Congressman Paul Ryan proposing a short term extension demanding, in return, concessions and cuts in entitlement programs.

Ryan asks for measures Obama has endorsed in the past. They include raising premiums on richer Medicare patients, requiring greater efficiencies from Medigap policies, and making federal employees pay more for their health insurance.

Most significant is the fact that neither Boehner nor Ryan make no mention of ObamaCare changes as prerequisites for a short term CR or debt limit hike. They are apparently ready to focus on entitlements. Obama could live with that.

Of course, any long term deal on the debt limit must provide for some changes in ObamaCare. There is no question but that the subsidies available to members of Congress for their health care must be eliminated, even in a short term resolution.

But, beyond that, a deal to limit spending growth and get into entitlements could do wonders for our economy.

Senate and House Finance Committee Chairs Max Baucus (D-Mont) and Dave Camp (R-Mich) have been holding informal talks about lowering corporate and individual tax rates and eliminating or capping deductions and other loopholes. But Democrats demand that this deal include additional government revenue while Republicans are demanding revenue neutrality.

In all likelihood, a cooling off period of temporary government opening and debt limit increase would have the same partisan rancor and absence of serious negotiation that we have now.

And most likely we will have to close the government again and go to the brink again. But, the Republicans will have a big advantage:

  • They will have shown their reasonableness by reopening the government this time.

  • And should another shutdown be necessary, Republicans will have shown that a shutdown is no disaster.

  • They will have created a decision date agreed to by both parties. When they hold firm and demand real spending cuts, they will not be seen as usurping power or inappropriately asserting their role. It will not be a question of taking an event like the end of the fiscal year to make demands. They will have been authorized to do so. Nothing inappropriate here.

  • They will have put entitlements on the table, just as the last debt limit fight put discretionary spending on the table. It might be a good idea to set an agreed upon percentage reduction in total entitlements and then leave it to the follow-up to decide where and how to make the cuts. This could become an entitlement equivalent of the sequester cuts. But, at least, entitlements will finally be on the table.

If the parties agree on some down payment cuts, a curb on ObamaCare subsidies for Congress, and a joint focus on entitlements when they return to negotiations, it might be a good deal.

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