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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 December 19, 2013/ 16 Teves, 5774

Compromise to the rescue

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Washington is trying to rescue itself. The Republican method is too much compromise thatís still better than none. President Barack Obamaís strategy is policy sleights of hand and staff shuffles. While no piece of this takes us where we need to go, the GOP at least is stumbling in the right direction.

Letís visit first with the negative side of what Republicans did. Backing a deal done between the budget chairs of the House and Senate, House Republicans agreed to still more excessive federal spending that is also excessive national jeopardy. Especially considering that there was no simultaneous agreement on long-term, crucial entitlement reforms to prevent debt catastrophe, this would be highly objectionable if it were not for three matters that good sense forbids ignoring.

One is that the deal cancels some pretty awful sequestration cuts few had wanted to go into effect in the first place. Two is that the Democrats also did some truly commendable yielding. Three is that the Democrats were highly unlikely to yield more and that the alternative to this shaking of hands and final Senate passage could have been a government shutdown simultaneously shutting down any GOP chance of obtaining power sufficient to do something more important someday.

Already, with their donít-fund-Obamacare tactic that culminated in a 16-day shutdown back in October, House Republicans had established themselves with many as hooligans whose legislative muscle should be withered in the 2014 mid-term elections. Then came further implementation of Obamacare, upholding their thesis of its abominations. There has also been a growing disenchantment with the president who misled us into this ungodly mess, and the Republicans may now have a second chance if they behave reasonably. Thatís huge because Obamaís policies could otherwise ruin us.

His administration has unblinkingly abetted the worst economic recovery since World War II ó increased poverty, decreased middle-class incomes and life-crushing rates of long-term unemployment. The Obamacare disasters to date, such as millions losing health insurance policies, could well be followed by such other misadventures as doctor shortages, taxes that obliterate factories and regulations likewise punishing America with higher unemployment.



Letís change the subject, said Obama, promising that he would devote himself for the rest of his term to reducing income inequality. And how better to start than with a false assertion, namely saying that middle-class incomes have been stagnant since the late 1970s. Actually, according to the Congressional Budget Office, they had been scooting upward at a healthy pace prior to the recent recession.

To make everything more even-steven, our leader wants to raise the minimum wage. Does he know that only a tiny percent of hourly workers earn the minimum wage? That average minimum wage earners are in households that have an overall decent income? That the minimal good it will do for some will be offset by all the people who will lose their jobs or have their work hours reduced?

Overlooking the fact that virtually all poverty increases in the decades before the last recession were a consequence of immigration, another of his answers is to continue importing uneducated, unskilled workers in numbers too great to be assimilated. Do they consequently get bliss here? Some do, but some suffer.

Thereís more, some of it complicated, none of it quite whatís needed, and even if his new staffers advise him more ably than past ones, I seriously doubt any significant enlightenment will occur minus an ideological reversal nowhere signaled. Whatís needed in the absence of significantly more Democratic yielding in Congress is to put Republicans in control of the Senate as well as the House, a possibility I would have ruled out until lately.


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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.



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