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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 27, 2009 / 2 Nisan 5769

We've got trouble in Toyland

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Where have all the grown-ups gone? Off to Toyland, every one.


The economy is in free fall, with Congress on the way to approving a budget approaching $4 trillion, just when we were getting accustomed to thinking in terms of billions, not mere millions. Some of us still stop to pick up a penny on the sidewalk, but who in Congress would stoop to pick up a mere million dollars? Congressmen must protect their dignity, after all.


Nobody any longer wants our dollars, and there's talk among the Lilliputians at the United Nations of inventing a replacement for the dollar in international trading. The president of the European Union says American remedies for the global recession will only pave the road to hell. Even some of our illegal aliens, who once dreamed of green cards and streets of gold, are splitting for home. All that ought to make even senators pay attention.


Orrin Hatch, the one-time reliably conservative senator from Utah, is fresh from taking a bite out of the Constitution, trying to give his homeboys an extra member of Congress in return for expanding the union of states to mere municipalities. This would accommodate a representative for the District of Columbia, which barely functions as a city. Moving on to something else to occupy his time, the senator now wants Congress to organize a playoff of college football teams so the University of Utah can get a decent bowl game. Maybe an extra seat in the House of Representatives and a trip to the Sugar Bowl is the least the nation can do to appease the Mormons for not sending Mitt Romney to the White House.


Meanwhile, the bad guys in Tehran are determined to measure us and our friends for shrouds, or at least burkhas. The president, back home after paying tribute to the Special Olympics and yukking it up with Jay Leno, is packing his bags and loading his teleprompter for his long-awaited Friendship, Fawning and Groveling Tour of the Middle East, to reassure the mullahs that any misunderstanding between us is certainly our fault — well, not his, actually, but certainly "ours."


Plain speech in Toyland is definitely out. The Pentagon has been told the War on Terror is over — not that we've won it yet, but that we've moved on to something called an "Overseas Contingency Operation." Speechwriters have been told that "this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror' [GWOT]."


The phrasemakers at the Pentagon considered several other catchy names for the war on terror, and considered GSAVE, for "Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism." Donald Rumsfeld, the battered secretary of defense for George W. Bush, even used "GSAVE" once or twice. The Pentagon always prefers acronyms, particularly when no one can pronounce them. But it's hard to imagine Tolstoy calling his novel "GSAVE and Peace," or that the old firebug Sherman would observe that "GSAVE is hell." But they never had to work in Toyland.


Not all the citizens of Toyland are Americans.


Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, is in trouble in Rome again for brushing off a comparison of himself and Barack Obama with incorrect humor. "I'm paler," he said, "because it's been so long since I went sunbathing. He's more handsome, younger and taller."


All true, of course, and hardly an insult. But the Grievance Society, a suburb of Toyland, has expanded worldwide, and the Gaffe Patrol often targets Rome. The Finnish government once called in the Italian ambassador to demand to know what Signor Berlusconi meant when he said he uses his "playboy tactics" to deal with Tarja Halonen, the dishy president of Finland. (Madame President probably could have explained it to her Foreign Office; it wasn't like Signor Berlusconi pinched her.)


But America is the Toyland that matters most, and it's Mr. Obama's government and the Congress that offend most. Trillions of paper dollars are falling like snow on the economies of the world, a trade war is threatened over carbon emissions, and the only thing scarier than the Treasury secretary's dithering is the revelation of his latest scheme to organize the economy so it can't ever be fixed. You can't blame the rest of the world for coming down with the jitters and heebie-jeebies.


"As an aghast world watches," writes Terence Corcoran in the London Daily Telegraph, "the circus-like U.S. political system seems to be declining into near chaos. Through it all, stock and financial markets are paralyzed. The more the policy regime does, the worse the outlook gets. The multi-ringed spectacle raises a disturbing question in many minds: Is this the end of America."


Well, no, of course not. The rest of the world actually knows that America is too big to fail. What would be left?


Will Rogers got it almost right eight decades ago: "Why pay to go to the circus when you can watch Congress for free?" But a circus, like Toyland, is for the children.

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