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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 Sept. 27, 2010 / 19 Tishrei, 5771

The unwanted reminder of broken promises

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes it's hard to leave well enough alone, or to get out of the way when your enemy is busy destroying himself. There's usually a temptation to help.

The Republicans still don't know what to make of the "tea party" phenomenon. Many of them, maybe most of them, think it's all about them. Public-opinion polls show much promise for the Republicans. But the poll that shows that 60 percent of the voters disapprove of Democrats also finds that 68 percent don't like Republicans very much, either. Nobody likes to think he stinks, but from time to time even the freshly scrubbed among us should remember the admonition of the poet Bobby Burns, who observed that "O' wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us: to see ourselves as others see us." But anyone, well-scrubbed or otherwise, who would take the famous Scotsman's admonition to heart is hardly qualified to serve in this Congress.

The Republicans in the House introduced this season's version of the Contract With America the other day and it sounds a lot like a reminder of what happened the last time the Republicans had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and blew it. This time they're calling it a "pledge," not a contract, but they're counting on short memories of the voters. The rhetoric is language swiped from the tea party, and some of it sounds authentic enough. "The land of opportunity has become the land of shrinking prosperity," says Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California. "Our government has failed us. We will take back our country. We will restore a better future. This is our pledge to you."

It's not clear how anyone Republican or Democrat could "restore" a future, to repair something that hasn't happened yet. Indeed, some of the language in the Republican "pledge" sounds straight from the mouth of the kind of bureaucrat the tea party folks have sworn to dispatch to the Island of Lost Luggage. Like this: Self-appointed elites have established and nourished an arrogant and out-of-touch government "without requesting the input of many." The "input of many" is hardly the stuff of the golden celebration of Lincoln's "government of the people, by the people and for the people." And this: Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas says he knows what the people want and he vows to "give them a deliverable." Alas, that's how Washington talks. Worse. "marketing-speak" is how Washington thinks.

The Republican pledge of 2010, worthless until the party actually takes back the House and even after that unless somebody remembers what happened after Newt Gingrich's legion prevailed on Election Day 16 years ago. The contract dribbled away, cast into the dark sea of forgetfulness, and soon Congress was awash in a new set of rogues and rascals with all the greed and cheap avarice of the rogues and rascals they replaced.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, one of the good guys, concedes bluntly: "We lost our way." In their pledge, Mr. Ryan and his colleagues promise the usual bromides, to cut taxes, eliminate the regulations strangling the men and women of ambition, hard work and innovation, Barack Obama's ever more unpopular health care scam and the stimulus that hasn't stimulated. But there's something actually new: to enforce a requirement that every piece of legislation cite the constitutional authority on which it is based, and post a clearly written description of the legislation and its expected benefits three days before it's called to the floor of the House.

Not every Republican congressman shares enthusiasm for the public pledge, and there was considerable debate about going public with the big talk. The wary Republicans fear voters with long memories, and argued that the Democrats are doing such a good job of electing Republicans there's no need to help. As if to prove it, both the president and the vice president were at it again this week.Mr. Obama told a fund-raiser in New York City - where he was heckled by gays for not delivering on campaign talk of a cure for AIDS and repeal of "don't ask, don't tell - that "the last election was about changing the guard, and this election is about guarding the change." This looks past the abundant evidence that his "change" is exactly what's making so many so mad.

Joe Biden thinks the tea party is "the best thing to happen to the Democrats" because it might inspire lethargic voters to turn out, to where he did not say. "Democrats," he said, "have a heck of a record to run on." He quickly added that he meant "a heck of a positive record."

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