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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 April 8, 2011 / 4 Nissan, 5771

Tripping the clumsy Obama three-step

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama wants everybody to grow up and sit down to devise a sensible Democratic budget. If only. He remembers pumping gas and suggests anybody who doesn't like paying $4 a gallon for gasoline turn in the old guzzler and buy something new.

He must know something about economics, so this is presumably how grown-ups deal with serious things. The budget the Democrats want to sell us has lots of low-hanging fruit and bushels of nuts that nobody around now will have to pay for. Let the grandchildren, who will be taking crash courses to speak Chinese, figure out a way to pass the debt on. What? Us worry?

The "negotiations," such as they are, continue as Mr. Obama and his "adults" refuse to talk seriously about what they know they should be talking about. The president, who scolds and evades responsibility with an unmatched skill, tells the Republicans that the budget should have "gotten done" three months ago. His chutzpah is unmatched, too. Six months ago the Democrats were in charge of making the budget, with margins in both the House and Senate large enough to enact anything Mr. Obama had put in front of them. So the dance continues, one step forward and two steps backward and three steps to the side. This is the three-step that would have stumped Fred and Ginger.

The arguments rage over whether a shutdown would most hurt Democrats or Republicans. Mr. Obama clearly thinks his pulpit skills, with connivance from the splintered media, would carry the day. The day of reckoning is at hand, but so is the 2012 election, and even closer. Mr. Obama figures he can shut down the government and, and posing as the strong leader, talk everyone into blaming the Republicans. He's playing an old and often effective game, like the mayor who inherits a budget shorn of extravagance and warns that he'll be forced to close the orphanage and throw hungry children in the street.

The negotiators this week are not actually talking about "cuts," but cutting the rate of increase. It's the oldest Washington shell game. The Democrats are readying a campaign barrage of demagoguery, already accusing Rep. Paul Ryan, who introduced the Republican budget this week, of shredding the safety net, starving pensioners and setting the aged and infirm out on an ice floe to freeze if they don't starve first. Mr. Obama and his hacks and acolytes invariably describe the Ryan budget as attempting to cut $6.2 trillion from government spending over the next decade. This sounds draconian enough to close a lot of orphanages. But Mr. Ryan has proposed no such thing. If this is root-canal economics it might save us from hemorrhoid surgery later.

His budget would direct the government to spend $40 trillion over the next decade instead of the $46 trillion Mr. Obama and the Democrats propose to spend, so the president calls these "cuts." It's the presidential version of the Persian rug merchant scam; he first doubles the price of a carpet and then advertises that for his annual going-out-of-business sale he's cutting the price in half.

Mr. Ryan's budget actually proposes to spend more on health care for the poor and the aged, not less. The $275 billion allocated for Medicaid this year would, under the Ryan formula, grow to $305 billion 10 years hence, and the $563 billion proposed this year for Medicare would rise to $953 billion in 2011. No one older than 55 would be affected by any of this. If this is codger abuse, bring it on.

Once upon a time a president could take comfort in the prospect that since numbers numb, figures make eyes glaze over and guarantee a public retreat into something light and gay. But no longer. The cold light of dawn, coming up out of China across the bay, frightens the dullest and most unobservant among us. If the Ryan budget does half of what it promises — reducing the federal payroll by 10 percent, reducing corporate welfare, reforming the bloated tax code that is unintelligible to anyone without an advanced degree in accounting, and above all repealing ObamaCare — it might save us from falling into the abyss of forgotten empires. That wouldn't be a bad day's work for anyone, Democrat or Republican.

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