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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. 20, 2012/ 6 Kislev, 5773

Winning The Battle Of Fiscal Cliff

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Obama has succeeded in making the fiscal cliff debate about whether or not the Republicans will agree to higher taxes on the "wealthy." We need to switch the debate to whether or not the Democrats will accept cuts in spending.


To do so, Speaker John Boehner should insist on a ratio of spending cuts to tax increases (or revenue enhancements as he calls them) of at least 3:1. Then he should tell the president that after the Chief Executive provides a list of spending cuts — apart from the defense budget — that he will propose a proportionate range of revenue increases.


By insisting on a ratio and demanding that Obama put up his share before Boehner does his part, the Speaker puts the onus where it belongs: On Obama to produce spending cuts. In effect, the Speaker can say: "the size of the revenue increase is up to you, Mr. President. For each three dollars you identify in real spending reductions, we'll propose one dollar of tax increases. The more you cut, the larger the increase will be."


And Boehner must insist that spending cuts focus on welfare entitlements. As Grover Norquist points out, past deals which involve ratios between spending and tax cuts (a la Bush-41) never work out. The spending cuts are usually in the discretionary budget. Even when they are made, they are often offset by increases in entitlement payments. Some even venture that the tax increases cause an increase in means tested entitlements by slowing down the economy and generating more unemployment.


We must realize that the spending increases and excesses of the Obama years have been concentrated in two sectors of the six parts of the federal budget. While Defense, Medicare, Social Security, and debt service have risen only slightly, means-tested entitlements like Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, rent subsidies, nutrition programs and such have increased dramatically. The sixth part of the budget, non-defense discretionary spending, had also risen dramatically, but was reduced somewhat by the debt limit deal of the summer of 2011.


It is only by shifting the focus to spending cuts that we can win the battle of the fiscal cliff. And it is only by zeroing in on spending cuts that Boehner can maintain a semblance of party unity in the House.

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