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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 7, 2013/ 27 Adar 5773

Behind all the hullabaloo ... the secret about those budget cuts

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's a secret lurking behind all that weeping and wailing over those across-the-board cuts in federal spending now going into effect -- and beginning to filter through the economy:

They're working.

The emphasis in the news continues to be on the economic repercussions of Washington's meat-ax approach to reining in the federal debt. "But lost in the talk of Washington's dysfunction," to quote a story from the New York Times over the weekend, "is this fact: On paper at least, President Barack Obama and Congress have reduced projected deficits by nearly $4 trillion over a decade -- the widely embraced goal for stabilizing the national debt. ... If the latest cuts stick, the two parties will have achieved nearly the full amount of deficit reduction over the next decade that economists and market analysts have promoted."

How about that? To make a budget balance, it's not always necessary to increase revenue. Cut spending instead, and watch savings build instead of debt, Not that this president has noticed the salutary effect of all these budget cuts -- or maybe he's just hoping that the rest of us haven't.

Even as the budget cuts went into effect, our demagogue-in-chief was still blaming those dastardly Republicans for conspiring to save the taxpayers money. In his weekly address Saturday, the president accused the GOP of having decided that "protecting special-interest tax breaks for the well-off and well-connected is more important than protecting our military and middle-class families from these cuts."

The parade of horrible -- the list of piteous victims of these budget cuts -- has only just begun. The object of all this drummed-up pity and outrage will be to make the budget cuts as noticeable, as inconvenient, even as dangerous as possible. Till the American people cry Uncle (Sam) and let the president have his free-spending way.

The political strategy here is obvious: Deflect attention from the savings being made, and concentrate on what those heartless Republicans are doing to the military, the poor, air travelers ... the aggrieved of every variety. That way, the public will blame the Republicans, and the president will get to restore all the spending he's been forced to cut. (Never mind that the administration itself has chosen to make the cuts as painful as possible. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.)

This is much the same strategy that Bill Clinton, that master triangulator, adopted to dance circles around a flat-footed Newt Gingrich back in the Nineties. It worked then, so why not now?

And this administration is employing it on an even grander scale, threatening to cut down not just on luxuries but essentials. And even risk the public's safety. How far is this administration was prepared to go to make a political point? Consider this news story, which appeared just as the budget cuts were taking hold last week:

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal aliens facing deportation in recent weeks because of looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March. The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal budget documents ... are significantly higher than the 'few hundred' illegal aliens the Obama administration acknowledged this week had been released under the budget-savings process."

There. If that doesn't scare Americans into spending more, the administration will come up with something else. (Opening the gates of a federal penitentiary or two?)

Naturally, none of the higher-ups in Washington was willing to step forward and take the blame for releasing all these prisoners. Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, passed the buck expertly when she was asked about it on ABC News: "Detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field."

Shades of the disaster at Benghazi. Back then, even those who formally accepted responsibility for it didn't, claiming they were out of the loop. Or as countless witnesses before the old McClellan Committee investigating organized crime used to tell prying senators: "I don't know nuttin'." In more elevated phrasing, that has become the mantra of this administration whenever something embarrassing happens on its "watch."

Meanwhile, these arbitrary cuts in the federal budget go on, and you can bet this administration will emphasize the pain, not the gain, as the president continues to campaign rather than govern. The way out of this impasse, the country will hear again and again, is not just spending cuts but higher taxes.

But the president wasn't the only one who got to deliver a weekly address about this manufactured crisis. The loyal opposition's response was delivered by a Republican congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy Rodgers, who dared resort to common sense. "The problem here isn't a lack of taxes," she said. "This year alone, the federal government will take in more revenue than ever before. Spending is the problem, which means cutting spending is the solution. It's that simple."

But simple common sense has no place in a well-oiled, well-practiced scare campaign, and the White House has only begun to roll out this one, complete with alarums and excursions. To arms! The savings are coming!

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