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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 5, 2012/ 15 Sivan, 5772

Waiting for a survivor's tale

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Wisconsin is a land of thrifty Cheeseheads, angry labor bosses and sore Democratic losers, hardly typical of everywhere else, but tonight it might tell the rest of us something about November.

The results of a referendum on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker will say whether it's possible for a politician to confront greedy government unions, to make the cuts in government services that the economists (and common sense) say are inevitable, and live to tell a survivor's tale.

The governor, a Republican, angered labor bosses by eliminating the collective-bargaining rights of the government unions to bargain with the state — in effect, eliminating the privilege to sit on both sides of the table and bargain with themselves.

Mr. Walker and Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee, are on the ballot against each other in this unusual race. If Mr. Walker wins nothing changes. If Mr. Barrett wins he will be the new governor (and safe from a reprisal recall for a year). The latest polls make Mr. Walker a slight favorite.

Nearly all the wiseheads in Washington, eager to translate a local race into something about the presidential campaign, argue that the prospects of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, if not the men themselves, are on the ballot, too. If Mr. Walker prevails and the recall fails, it's more bad news for the president. The governor will lend momentum to Mitt Romney and become an overnight rock star for a Republican future.

Many of the wiseheads, including lots of reporters and pundits, have decamped toMilwaukee and Madison for the big night. The usual carnival barkers are in town, too: the Rev. Jesse Jackson arrived in Milwaukee for a rally in a lawdy-how-gaudy two-car caravan, a Mercedes S550 for himself ($125,000 at a dealer near you) and a Cadillac Escalade ESV (only $80,000) for his fetchers and go-fers. Bill Clinton, just in from Monte Carlo and his boffo appearance with stars of the porno epic, "Farm Girls Gone Bad," dropped in for a riverfront rally with plainer folk in Milwaukee to tell Cheeseheads that the recall is "about much more than the state of Wisconsin and what's best for them."

America is watching, he said, and the states recovering from the Obama recession have embraced something he calls "creative co-operation," not the "constant conflict" that Mr. Walker delivered to Wisconsin with his elimination of collective bargaining for public employes.

Bubba is the nearest thing to the heavy hitter that Mr. Barrett and the Democrats yearned for, though his track record since his White House days in converting charisma to actual results is not good. President Obama, sensing more bad news after last week's "horrible days of hell," has been the notable no-show. He actually got within five miles of Wisconsin last week, but too bad for the Democrats he passed over in the clouds, five miles above the battleground, lounging comfortably in Air Force One on his way to a rally in quieter, happier Minnesota.

The bang and clatter of politics has become as high-decibel elevator music inWisconsin. "Protests. Lawsuits. Recalls. More lawsuits. More recalls," complains the Madison State Journal. "Is this the 'new normal' for state politics?'" In fact, yes. The governor is not even the only target of the recall. The Republican lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators, all paired against Democratic challengers, are also subject to recall. If the Democrats win only one of the state Senate seats they'll regain the majority and the ability to obstruct the Walker agenda, presuming he wins.

Curiously, collective bargaining rights for government employes, the issue that ignited recall hysteria, has been all but forgotten over the weeks of campaigning. What enraged the union bosses is that the Walker reform legislation eliminated the requirement that the state collect union dues. Those dues of several hundred dollars a year are now voluntary, and once members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes looked at their new paychecks many of decided they didn't need the union, after all. Membership fell from 63,000 to 29,000 in a single month.

Property taxes have declined since the reforms were enacted, private employers have added jobs and Mr. Walker estimates that that the re-negotiated labor contracts, including the requirement that employes pay a fraction of their health-care costs for the first time, have saved school districts more than a billion dollars. Mr. Barrett and the Democrats prefer to talk about something else. Surprise.

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