In this issue

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 June 16, 2010 / 4 Tamuz 5770

The Slippery Senator from Arkansas

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It didn't lake long for Arkansas' senior senator to undergo her wholly expected transformation.

During the Democratic primary, Blanche Lincoln was fighting off a challenge from the left by rolling out her votes for Obamacare. But in November, she'll be up against a conservative congressman, so now she's pivoting to the right to compete for the middle ground.

The primary is over, and all those millions the unions poured into her opponent's campaign have gone for naught. And so Sen. Lincoln has started to deny that hers was the vote that put Obamacare over the top after all.

Are you worried about what now awaits America's patients under Obamacare? Easy there, Big Voter. Don't think about the slowly gathering storm of deficits and dysfunction that may now be in store not just for patients but for doctors and hospitals and accountants and employer-provided insurance plans and the American economy in general.

We're now assured that any side effects of this massive reworking of American health care will soon wear off; they'll disappear as surely as Medicare Advantage.

Costs? We'll worry about those sometime after the election, even sometime after the next presidential election.

That's the trick to putting over a huge change full of unintended consequences. Just do it in the right, politically advantageous order: Benefits first, costs later. Why rush the bad news? Kick all the problems down the road, even down to the next generation. Make sure that it'll take a while, like after November's elections, for all the devils to start emerging from their usual habitat, the details.

When any dissatisfactions arise, pay no attention to that senator behind the curtain. Her vote for Obamacare really wasn't all that decisive; it wasn't even a vote for it, not always. For she was on both sides of the issue regularly. So why make such a big deal of it now? Hers was only one vote, just as she said the first time it was questioned.

Never mind that her 60th vote to get Obamacare to the floor of the Senate was the decisive one in the whole process. For after that, Democrats had Carte Blanche, literally, to do whatever they wanted to the American health care system. Once they closed debate, they closed any chance of defeating Obamacare, no matter what shape this amorphous mass of regulations would finally take. No one still knows what all might be in that 2,000-page bill.

Yes, there had been a time when the senior senator from Arkansas was willing to acknowledge, even boast, that her vote had been the decisive one on this issue. But that was back in the Democratic primary, when she felt she had to emphasize her support for the party line. And emphasize it she did. To quote one of her more frequently aired commercials: "I cast the deciding vote on health-care reform because fixing the problem was more important than politics."

But that was long ago, whole weeks ago, ages ago in political time. Now it's politics that's more important than having cast a crucial vote. Or as the senator explained it the day after the run-off was safely over and she'd survived, hers "wasn't the deciding vote." No matter what she'd just said in the primary. Send those earlier statements down the memory hole.

Now her story is that she was just "among a handful of five Democrats that worked on getting consensus." A responsibility shared is a responsibility shirked.

Senator Lincoln's duly recorded vote may stay forever the same, but her explanation for it keeps changing. When her vote was first questioned, it was just a technical matter, a bit of parliamentary procedure. No need to get all hot-and-bothered about it. Then, when she came under fire from the left, and needed a handy defense, she decided she was mighty proud of that vote after all. Now she's backing away from it again.

Which is the real Blanche Lincoln? There may not be one.

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