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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 August 19, 2011 / 19 Menachem-Av, 5771

Guest Column

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You come back from a visit to "good old Boston,/ The home of the bean and the cod,/ Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,/ And the Cabots talk only to G0d," only to walk into the Devil's own furnace. For you emerge out of Little Rock's airport into an all-time, 114-degree high for the city. It's like having a blanket thrown over you, and it's not even a wet one.

It's good to be home, just to know where things are once again. It's also a comfort to have a standard of comparison. And realize that Little Rock's crazy drivers are a model of sanity compared to those in Boston, the wildest this side of Italy's winding roads.

But this summer's string of torrid days have taken their toll on this old boy. I now love to see that evenin' sun go down, to give an old blues lyric a slight twist. Back at the office, even with cool air pouring out of the nearest vent like a restorative, that blank computer screen stares out at me like a cobra, asking: What are you going to do for your next column?

Forget going into the details of the economic mess. Everybody's patience has been exhausted by the never-ending debate and blame-shifting in Washington over the federal debt. Happily, it's too darned hot to panic.

But my basic problem remained: What the heck was I going to do for a column? It was too hot even to pontificate. It would probably have been a great favor to readers to leave this space blank, white as cooling snow. Or maybe with just a small notice in agate in the middle of all that restful vacancy: Compliments of a Friend.

But it is in the nature of columnists never to seize a good opportunity to shut up. That's how we stay in trouble, our natural habitat.

What was needed, it dawned on me, was a guest column. Or at least a kernel of wisdom I could borrow and pass on as my own. And if you're going to steal, why not steal from the best? Which is why the thrust of today's piece isn't my work but that of someone who knew what he was talking about: Edmund Burke.

You couldn't crib from anyone better. Burke combined the economic philosophy of Adam Smith with the statesmanship of the Founding Fathers. Which is why his was one of the few voices in England to defend the American Revolution and then oppose the French one from the earliest days of each. He could foresee their fruits, and by their fruits he knew them.

These days, those of us dismayed by the economic news can turn for comfort and light to Edmund Burke's words at another time of conflicting counsel and general uncertainty -- 1790. That's the year his still relevant "Reflections on the Revolution in France" appeared. It took him only a brief aside on the nature of public finance to diagnose today's fiscal troubles and prescribe the remedy.

Burke well understood the necessity of "a just revenue" for government, for from it derives "magnanimity, and liberality, and beneficence and fortitude ... and the tutelary protection of all good arts."

But wise management also demanded "continence, and self-denial, and labor, and frugality, and whatever else there is in which the mind shews itself above the appetite...."

There can be little doubt that now is a time for some overdue self-restraint. To quote Burke's conclusion:

"The objects of a financier are, then, to secure an ample revenue, to impose it with judgment and equality, to employ it economically, and when necessity obliges him to make use of credit, to secure its foundations in that instance, and for ever, by the clearness and candor of his proceedings, the exactness of his calculations, and the solidity of his funds."

For a more concise, American version of the same counsel, see Washington's Farewell Address, in which he advised future generations to "cherish public credit." And added: "One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible" and avoid "the accumulation of debt."

Here endeth the lesson. Finding wise counsel is easy enough. The challenge is having the wisdom and strength to follow it.

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