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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 Nov 14, 2011 / 17 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

With Congress, expect more intransigence

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was always problematic whether the so-called supercommittee charged with designing a major debt-reduction scheme would be able to do so. The odds against the 50-50 bipartisan panel meeting the Thanksgiving deadline get longer daily, much to the consternation of the Pentagon, where mandatory cuts would fall.

The defense budget would take a $500 billion hit if the committee's Republicans and Democrats fail to free themselves from the debilitating glue that has stuck each in seemingly rigid positions, with Republicans rejecting any attempt to include raising taxes and Democrats just as solidly opposed to reforming entitlements Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid as part of any reduction plan.

Meanwhile, this glorious mess brought about by inglorious lawmakers finds both members and nonmembers of the panel frantically preparing legislation that would stop the assault on the Pentagon budget. There seems to be nothing that would prevent them from supplanting the Pentagon cuts with budget reductions elsewhere -- wherever that is.

At least one member of the supercommittee, Sen. John Kyl, Republican of Arizona, has made it clear he has no intention of letting the cuts take place. Another Republican, Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, has drafted legislation that would replace the military cuts with reductions in other programs.

Ironically, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta -- in several other government capacities, including congressman and White House aide -- was a strong advocate of reducing military spending. That's seems substantial proof that if you stay long enough anywhere, what goes around comes around.

The object of all of this was to knock $1.2 trillion off the deficit to comply with the compromise that raised the debt limit just before the August recess. That exercise supplied the public with enough heartburn to last a lifetime and send antacid stocks soaring. But the factors present in that unseemly political debacle didn't disappear with the agreement to appoint the supercommittee. All the same issues of taxes vs. entitlements vs. spending are still present. Not even pleading and begging by a pack of experts on both sides of the political aisle seem to make any difference.

Common-sense appeals by former budget directors from past administrations, both Republican and Democrat, failed to budge the committee toward agreement. And the co-chairmen of a presidential commission, whose dictates President Obama has pretty much ignored, have gotten nowhere. All have suggested a balanced approach that would increase revenues through tax action, adjust Social Security and Medicare to meet the current age demographic and reduce spending at all levels.

The fact is, defense spending has plenty of give without destroying our military viability. The decision to end any occupation of Iraq should save dramatically, and it seems doubtful that our presence in Afghanistan will continue for much longer. Together, these wars have drained billions upon billions from the treasury. Waste and cost overruns are quite large in military contracts and duplications are standard. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Panetta's predecessor, acknowledged that he could no longer support a freewheeling defense budget that is greater than that of all our allies combined.

At the same time, military strategists charge that an indiscriminately large reduction in the Pentagon's budget as triggered by the debt reduction bill could leave the nation vulnerable. The nation's military industrial complex has been lobbying full tilt against the cuts, noting with some validity that such action also would set back efforts to increase employment.

As for the entitlement programs, the country's strongest lobbying arm, led by AARP, seems adamantly opposed to any change despite the aging model of both Social Security and Medicare, at least as part of any plan agreed to by the supercommittee. It is doubtful that any such initiative will be taken before the election, if ever.

The gray lobby is backed by a whopping 50 million voters, most of whom exercise their franchise, unlike the 18- to 34-year-old group, many of whose members don't believe they will ever receive benefits from these programs. Americans can expect more of the congressional intransigence that left them furious last summer.

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11/08//11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31//11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10//11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04//11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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