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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 March 2, 2012/ 8 Adar, 5772

Who's the True Conservative?

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The theme for this year's primary season was set back in May 2011. Recall that the Republican-dominated House of Representatives had just done something that cynics said would not and could not be done. They voted for a budget — the Ryan budget — that actually began to tackle the problem of limitless entitlement spending.

The cliche about entitlements (the "third rail") had been largely true. Neither Republicans nor Democrats had shown the courage to tell middle-class voters that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would have to change. But on April 15, all but four Republicans (and zero Democrats) voted for a budget that would block grant Medicaid to the states and gradually transform Medicare from the whale-shark entitlement that threatens to swallow all other federal spending into a premium support program.

Naturally, the Republicans got no credit for this principled vote from the usual suspects (the press, the liberal commentators, the professors). But you'd think fellow Republicans and conservatives would offer at least a clap on the back. Nope. Just a few weeks later, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, appearing on MSNBC's "Meet the Press," labeled the Ryan budget "too radical" and "right-wing social engineering," which Gingrich explained that he opposed as much as "left-wing social engineering."

As Rep. Paul Ryan said at the time, "With allies like that, who needs the left?"

It set the tone for what was to come. While claiming to save the Republican Party from the supposedly "moderate" Romney, one after another of the Republican presidential candidates has seized the slogans of the left — even of the Occupy movement — to make his case. Judging by campaign rhetoric, there is really only one conservative left in the race, and that's Romney.

A few weeks after "Meet the Press," Gingrich reversed himself on the Ryan budget. A spokesman said, "There is little daylight between Ryan and Gingrich on Medicare." But Gingrich was soon sounding like Michael Moore regarding Romney's career at Bain Capital. "Is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of other people and walk off with the money or is that somehow a little bit of a flawed system?" asked the self-styled "Reagan conservative." Romney's wealth, Gingrich said, came from a model of "leverage the game, borrow the money, leave the debt behind and walk off with all the profits. ... I think it's exploitive. I think it's not defensible."

Rick Santorum, to his credit, resisted the Occupy Wall Street-style Bain bashing. But on the day of the Michigan primary, he sponsored robo-calls that urged Democrats to cross over and vote for him, saying, "Romney supported the bailouts for his Wall Street billionaire buddies but opposed the auto bailouts. That was a slap in the face to every Michigan worker."

Really? Was opposing the bailout of GM and Chrysler a "slap in the face" to the Michiganders who work for Ford, a company that declined to seek a bailout? And, by the way, every Michigan worker paid for that bailout. Is Rick Santorum now adopting the left's posture — and of President Obama — that being pro-worker means favoring government bailouts of companies that make poor business decisions? And doesn't Santorum feel even a twinge of embarrassment at making these arguments when 1) he claims to be a free marketeer, and 2) he himself opposed the auto bailouts?

To hear Gingrich and Santorum tell it, Romney is a plutocrat and a dreaded "Massachusetts moderate." But the former Pennsylvania senator voted against right to work legislation and voted in favor of a vast new entitlement, the prescription drug benefit, as well as No Child Left behind. Newt Gingrich's apostasies gush forth like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Mitt Romney backed an individual mandate in Massachusetts. OK. That's a demerit. But the individual mandate (which is perfectly constitutional when a state, as opposed to the federal government, imposes it) is only a fraction of what's wrong with Obamacare. That 2,000-plus page monstrosity deforms one-sixth of our economy, imposes countless new regulations and mandates, and intensifies everything that is wrong with our current health care mess. Romney, like the others, is committed to repealing it.

So he's for a free market reform of health care, cutting spending, tackling the soaring debt, reducing taxes, simplifying the code, eliminating regulations, drilling for domestic energy, appointing conservative judges, and keeping our military the strongest on Earth. And Romney has not attacked his competitors from the left but from the right because that's where they, far more than he, are vulnerable.

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