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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 18, 2013/ 15 Teves, 5774

Obama's most valuable allies . . . on the Right

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's a "sellout," a "betrayal," a "surrender," several conservative groups said of the budget compromise the House approved, 332-94, last week.

The harsh rhetoric surprised liberals who think Republicans got the better of the deal.

"Democrats flatly got beat on sequestration," said the Washington Post's Ezra Klein. "Republicans are keeping -- and increasing -- the deficit reduction without ever giving up a dime in taxes."

"It's an extremely conservative proposal that would have been a libertarian pipedream less than a year ago," said Zak Lutz of Harvard Political Review. "Democrats can no longer keep agreeing to these so-called compromises that continually shift the center of our fiscal debate towards the conservative fringe."

The deal removes 30 percent of the budget cuts imposed by the sequester for the remainder of this fiscal year (FY 2014) and next. Spending will rise $45 billion this year, $20 billon in 2015. It will be divided evenly between defense and non-defense discretionary spending.

This is essentially all there is to it, because Democrats wouldn't agree to structural reforms in entitlement programs sought by Republicans, who wouldn't agree to raise taxes or extend unemployment benefits.

Now that the sequester "caps have been breached once, they're bound to be tossed aside again, and the greatest tool for curbing the growth of government in the lifetime of most Americans will be lost," predicted Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard.

But conservatives who fret sequestration has done disproportionate harm to defense think the relief provided to the military is worth the trivial increase in spending the deal permits.



Conservatives who oppose the budget deal have a strong case. But accusing of "betrayal" and "surrender" Republicans who think it's the best that could be obtained, given Democrat control of the White House and Senate, is over the top.

"I don't care what they do," an exasperated House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, said when asked about the groups making those accusations. "Frankly, I think they've lost all credibility."

That "smug and pretentious rant" was a "declaration of war" against conservatives, said the "Tea Party Patriots," for whom there is no such thing as too much hyperbole.

Mr. Boehner is a "ruling class politician" who is a "tax and spend liberal," the Tea Party Patriots said in a fund-raising email last week. According to the American Conservative Union, Mr. Boehner votes conservative 90 percent of the time.

The Speaker's outburst and the hyperbolic response to it permitted journalists to do stories about the "Republican civil war," which, for most, was a welcome change from reporting on Obamacare's woes.

It's a war just one side is fighting. Never before had Mr. Boehner criticized in public groups which have been savaging him for years.

"John was frustrated because they came out against our agreement before we even reached an agreement," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, chairman of the House Budget Committee, who held out the olive branch. The Tea Party is "indispensable" to the GOP, he said, "invaluable" in keeping Washington accountable.

Suspicion the "GOP establishment" has been too comfortable with the status quo is well founded, but is magnified by wildly unrealistic expectations for what can be accomplished with control of just one half of one third of the government.

Those on the Right who elevate every disagreement into a death struggle between the Children of Light (themselves) and the Children of Darkness (Republicans who disagree with them about anything whatsoever), are among Barack Obama's most valuable allies.

They speak for the grassroots, say the self-styled Children of Light. But they pay little attention to public opinion. They ought to pay more. Hyperbolic rhetoric, constant confrontation and a refusal to compromise turn people off. So does the arrogant assumption of a monopoly on virtue.

For the first time ever, a majority expressed disapproval of the Tea Party in a Gallup poll last week. In the Iowa Poll Sunday, Paul Ryan was by far the most popular Republican. Least popular was the favorite of Rep. Ryan's critics, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex.

House Republicans backed the deal, 169-62. This suggests that if the Children of Light insist upon "war," it won't end the way they expect.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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