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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. 30, 2012/ 17 Kislev, 5773

Dems' Unwritten No-Cuts Pledge

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the "fiscal cliff" looms, editorial writers and Beltway commentators have turned their sights on their favorite enemy — tax-foe Grover Norquist's no-new-taxes pledge signed by a weighty majority of GOP members of Congress. If Republicans had not been scared into signing the pledge, the pack laments, D.C. pols would compromise, and all would be well with the world.

I've had issues with the Norquist pledge in the past. Its biggest downside is that it allows Congress to spend with abandon — as long as Washington doesn't pay for it.

The problem with punditry's obsession with the Norquist pledge is that it ignores the fact that Democrats walk lockstep down the highway of overspending — without prompting. It's as if there is an unwritten no-cuts pledge that goes something like this:

If spending exceeds revenue, I pledge to oppose spending cuts and support only tax increases. Or throwing more dollars onto the $16 trillion mountain of national debt.

I pledge to argue for a "balanced" approach while I steadfastly weasel away from any meaningful attempt to curb spending on social programs.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., for example, oppose including entitlement reform in a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff."

It's true. George W. Bush was no slouch at deficit spending. In his final budget, the year of his $700 billion financial bailout bill, Bush left the country with an annual deficit that exceeded $1 trillion. President Obama has surpassed Bush. His last three annual budgets added $5.2 trillion to the national debt.

And while Democrats blame the Bush tax cuts for creating $3.7 trillion in red ink over 10 years, they want to keep $3.trillion of those Bush tax cuts — and blame Bush for the debt.

On Wednesday, Obama called on Congress to pass a bill to retain the Bush tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000. In the name of "balance," he asked Congress to pass a bill with tax increases but no spending cuts. Then he claimed that doing so would make it "a whole lot easier" to deal with deficit reduction later.

To avert the "fiscal cliff," Republicans might have to cave on the tax increase. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., suggested the GOP House get it over with pronto. That could be canny political advice.

But it cannot bode well for deficit reduction. We've seen how Congress cuts spending — by promising what it won't deliver. The 1997 budget act promised a sustainable growth rate to curb runaway Medicare costs. Congress has voted to delay the mandated reduction in payments to doctors.

Without the "doc fix," Medicare would cut doctor payments by 27 percent — a situation, the Heritage Foundation warns, that could "make it unaffordable for many doctors to continue accepting Medicare patients" and leave millions of seniors without care.

Everyone in Washington knows that the next budget deal will paper over the "doc fix" and other promised deficit reducers. What Washington passes, Washington can erase.

While the do-gooders call for the GOP to compromise in the name of balance, they are tipping the scales. Any tax hikes will be immediate. Any spending cuts will be open to revision.

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