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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 April 15, 2011 / 11 Nissan, 5771

Obama's Equivalent of ‘Death Panels’

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I've never felt so simpatico with Joe Biden as I did after President Obama's Great Deficit Speech. Ol' lunch bucket Joe seemed to doze off during the president's oration. Perhaps he only appeared to be snoozing. But I can report that your faithful correspondent, despite the best intentions, did actually nod off a few times in the course of the address myself.

The first time I found my lids drooping was around paragraph four, when the president rhapsodized about the greatness of government: "We've laid down railroads and highways to facilitate travel and commerce. We've supported the work of scientists and researchers whose discoveries have saved lives, unleashed repeated technological revolutions and led to countless new jobs and entire industries. Each of us has benefited from these investments, and we are a more prosperous country as a result."

Who would not, at this point, yawn and grumble, "I've seen this movie before"? Obama never tires of invoking the interstate highway system as the model of government activism (though we do tire of hearing about it). He's mentioned it in all three of his State of the Union addresses, when proclaiming the glories of the stimulus bill ("We will create millions of jobs by making the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s"), and in defense of his "investment" in high-speed rail.

It's a truism that, as the president said, some tasks can be performed only by government (national defense, courts of law, etc.). But Obama's frequent invocation of government's greatest hits, along with his tendency to attribute economic growth to government action is part of his utterly conventional, myopic, Great Society, liberal worldview. Snore.

What startled me out of my slumber was this nugget in paragraph 11: "America's finances were in great shape by the year 2000. We went from deficit to surplus. America was actually on track to becoming completely debt-free, and we were prepared for the retirement of the baby boomers. But after Democrats and Republicans committed to fiscal discipline during the 1990s, we lost our way in the decade that followed."

This "it all started with George W. Bush" trope is more than tiresome — it's shallow, pandering, and dishonest. The entitlement crisis was the most predictable (and predicted) fiscal train wreck in history. The math about entitlement spending has been evident for decades. In 1994, to cite just one warning that predated the Bush bogeyman presidency, President Clinton's bipartisan commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform reported that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and civilian and military pensions would exceed total federal revenues by 2030.

We know today that things are worse. The American Enterprise Institute's Andrew Biggs reminds us that "the joke among entitlement analysts is that the government will eventually turn into a pension plan with an army." Or maybe without the Army...

Remember, the pre-speech buzz suggested that Obama was going to debut a new seriousness about America's looming debt. We were led to expect, if not a full embrace of entitlement reform, at least an honest grapple with the scope of the problem. Instead, he stooped to full "mediscare" scurrilousness. Under the Republican plan, Obama warned darkly, the elderly would have their Medicare withdrawn, to be replaced with "a voucher." Kids with autism and other debilitating diseases would be told "to fend for themselves." Obama basically accused Republicans of sponsoring death panels. And "50 million Americans would have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit."

The president didn't identify those 50 million — except to suggest to his college audience that it might be "someone's grandmother" — but he may have been referring to the "uninsured" who would be covered by Obamacare. If so, that's a figure that's been through more changes than Hillary Clinton's hairstyle. In July 2009, the president said there were "47 million uninsured Americans." The following month, he used the figure of 46 million. And in September, he and his administration began to speak of "30 million" uninsured. Is the president now boosting the estimate to 50? None of the numbers, incidentally, was correct. But that wouldn't trouble someone bent not on leading but on misleading.

Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan was asked whether he and the Republicans were making themselves vulnerable to demagogic attacks by taking on entitlement spending directly.

"We are," he replied. "They are going to demagogue us, and it's that demagoguery that has always prevented political leaders in the past from actually trying to fix the problem."

You might have expected Obama to be shamed out of his worst instincts by that prediction. He wasn't.

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