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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 23, 2010 / 8 Nissan, 5770

Now comes November

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now the real fun begins. President Obama and his Democratic legion, frightened with good cause, want the health care "reform" debate to be over and done with. "It's time to move on." Lots of luck with that.


"This," the president said, interrupting his undivided attention to a basketball game to celebrate the House vote, "is what change looks like." Alas, it's what an abortion looks like. What the president and the Democrats don't want to think about is that the public has already looked at this "change" and can't wait to punish a lot of somebodies for it.


The first rush of euphoria that greets a presidential legislative triumph has given way in record time to stark reality. Sobering up quickly was inevitable. This was a health care takeover by the government that nobody wanted and even in the Democratic majority nobody wanted to be seen voting for. Only a perverted sense of party loyalty carried the day. Nancy Pelosi's overheard remark to Steny Hoyer, the majority leader, as they walked into the Capitol said it all: "We've got to find at least one more than 216 votes because nobody wants to be blamed for casting the deciding vote."


The president is expected to sign the legislation Tuesday, maybe in the Rose Garden if the sky doesn't join the weeping, and then he will embark on a campaign to reveal the size and shape of the pig the Democrats hid in the poke. Mzz Pelosi devised this clever formula: Enact the legislation so we can finally see what's in the 2,700 pages of mischief, mendacity and mayhem. "Voters may not buy it," the Associated Press, in a rare burst of disinterested candor, observed just after the vote. "And that could mean a disastrous midterm election year for [Mr.] Obama and his fellow Democrats."


Several states will file suit to block implementation of Obamacare, which they argue violates the Constitution by treating the states differently and infringes state sovereignty. This sounds arcane in the present day, where the doctrine of states' rights, so dear to the hearts of the Founding Fathers, was thought to have been relegated to an antique store. But so sweeping is the assault on the Constitution that the states joining the litigation are more than the usual suspects from the Deep South. The suit will be filed by Bill McCollum, the Republican attorney general of Florida, to be joined by South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North and South Dakota and Alabama. Virginia will sue separately over the provision in Obamacare, citing the constitutional power of the federal government to regulate interstate commerce, that anyone who declines to buy health insurance will be required to pay a fine. Asks Kenneth Cuccinelli, the attorney general of Virginia: "If a person decides not to buy health insurance, that person by definition is not engaging in commerce. If you are not engaging in commerce, how can the federal government regulate you?"

Letter from JWR publisher


Paying respect to the Constitution and its clauses is no longer necessary. And not just the Constitution. The rules of procedure which have restrained the occasional bouts of inanity (as well as insanity) in Congress are similarly abused. "There ain't no rules here," said Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, "we're trying to accomplish something … all this talk about rules … When the deal goes down, we make 'em up as we go along." Mr. Hastings has experience in making it up as he goes along; he was thrown off the federal bench for taking bribes and judged unfit to be a judge. That's when he drifted into Congress, where standards are not so high.


Now the action returns to the Senate, which must take up dozens of differences between the Senate bill, which the House adopted Sunday night, and the reconciliation bill the House passed for consideration by the Senate. Most House members purely hate the Senate bill, and Mzz Pelosi told her troops to trust the Senate to pass the corrections. But there are many opportunities for stalling, and the Republican leadership promises to exploit them all, with hundreds of points of order and dozens of amendments. The Democrats have the votes to spike them all, but if they summon the courage the Republicans can drive Harry Reid to such frustration and irritation that the Democrats will cry "Enough already!" and move on to other things. Stiffing the House, as a matter of principle, would please some of the senators.


Then it's on to November and campaign politics, where there are few rules to violate. This will be the November to remember.

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