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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 7, 2013 / 25 Adar, 5773

Obama can't bully his way out of this one

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I do not know about you, but to me this sequestration imbroglio is getting interesting. Last week, I wrote of my surprise that a basic untruth was being repeated over and over again by the White House, to wit, that the Republicans were responsible for the monstrosity of sequestration. I wrote that, as I recalled it, sequestration was an idea introduced by the White House to coax the Republicans and the Democrats into a deal in the summer of 2011 to raise the ceiling on the national debt. Remember that deal? And another thing, there would be no tax increase. President Barack Obama himself endorsed the 2011 idea of sequestration before claiming in his third debate with Mitt Romney that, "The sequester is not something that I proposed." And he went on, "It is something that the Congress proposed." Really?

Recently, most news stories that I read laid sequestration to the White House as part of the 2011 debt ceiling deal. Then Bob Woodward weighed in and made it obvious. He had written a book about the deal, and if he remained silent he would have appeared to have lied in his book. Said Woodward, "My extensive reporting for my book, 'The Price of Politics,' shows the automatic spending cuts [sequestration] were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of [Jack] Lew [at the time White House chief of staff and now secretary of the treasury] and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors ... " "Obama," Woodward added, "personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid." And Woodward gets technical, "They did it at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved."

He called this effort to blame sequestration on the Republicans "partisan message management." To me it is a blatant lie. After all, practically everyone who has written about the debt ceiling deal and now sequestration knows it is a lie or at least a deceit.

As the inimitable James Taranto has painstakingly chronicled in the Wall Street Journal's "Best of the Web Today," all hell broke out after Woodward's statement. Jay Carney, the president's press secretary, tweeted that Woodward was "willfully wrong." Apparently the press secretary does not know that Woodward already deposited his findings in a book whose veracity has heretofore not been questioned. Obama's political aide David Plouffe got personal, alluding to Woodward's age. Woodward is nearing 70, though the issue is not his age but the integrity of his reporting and, by the way, Plouffe is no paragon of virility. Then White House economic advisor Gene Sperling exchanged barbs with Woodward in a heated exchange.

Actually the only question is: "What did Woodward say in his book?" Was it accurate then? It appears that what he said was accurate. The president and the rest of his White House staff have been lying about sequestration for months. Finally, on "Meet the Press," Sperling admitted as much when he said after much equivocation that "we put forth the design of" sequestration. Why did he not say that in the first place?

Things are going to get more interesting. For months, the president has been talking as though sequestration has to be very painful and very ugly. Now the government is closing the White House for tours because of sequestration. There will be other showy demonstrations of these painful cuts. But the cuts need not be so painful in a $3.8 trillion budget.

The greater problem is that practically everything the president says has to be verified. He seems as Woodward says to forever engage in "partisan message management." Soon the country will catch on. There is no dealing with a partisan message manager.

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