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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 June 22, 2011 / 20 Sivan, 5771

The Pulchritudinous Michele Bachmann

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So there are two. Two pulchritudinous ones, that is. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin are very beautiful, and the feminists tell us, "So what?" Well, they never say "So what?" when an attractive male, usually a Democrat, comes onstage. They call him charismatic. Bachmann and Palin are sufficiently charismatic for me, and both have raised families, Bachmann five children of her own and 23 foster children before entering public life. That is the proper sequence of events — raise a family, enter public life.

Now Bachmann has entered public life in a big way. She declared her candidacy for president Monday night at the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire. Her answers were crisp and persuasive. She is strong on the social issues and the economic issues, also intelligence and security issues. Rather brilliantly, she suggested her expertise by drawing on her experience on congressional committees, namely intelligence and financial oversight committees. She is a tea partyer and a social conservative. In the campaign, both areas need addressing.

But what caught my eye was an answer she gave to Steve Moore in a Wall Street Journal interview over the weekend. Explaining how she had voted for Paul Ryan's budget, she said she had done so "with an asterisk," meaning "we've got a huge messaging problem (on Medicare). It needs to be called the 55-and-Under Plan. I can't tell you the number of 78-year-old women who think we're going to pull the rug out from under them." Bachmann has faced up to the Democrats' gaudy lie that people who are 55 or older would face Medicare cuts with Ryan's plan. They would not, not with the Ryan budget. Though with the Obamacare plan, we all are facing the eclipse of Medicare. Medicare will be slashed for everyone very soon, and that is written into the president's policy. Better it is to note that Ryan's reform would give us plenty of time to fix the system before those who are younger than 55 enter the depleted policy and are faced with the cuts that even the older seniors now face.

Knowing how to package proposals is very important to reform, and one way or another, the country faces reform of its entitlement programs today. Let the Democrats whistle in the dark. Some Republicans are offering alternatives to national bankruptcy.

In her interview with the Journal, Bachmann explained that she is versed in the economists — Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman. You cannot get much better than that, and I saved Friedman for last. He is the modern master in understanding the modern economy.

The liberals have, like a vast shoal of squid, spread an inky cloud over the financial meltdown. Bachmann dispels the darkness regarding its origins. Says she: "There were a lot of bad actors involved, but it started with the Community Reinvestment Act under Jimmy Carter and then the enhanced amendments that Bill Clinton made to force, in effect, banks to make loans to people who lacked creditworthiness. If you want to come down to a bottom line of 'How did we get in the mess?' I think it was a reduction in standards." Whereupon she goes on to say, "Being on the Financial Services Committee, I can assure you, all roads lead to Freddie and Fannie," the mortgage lenders, and off she goes talking about constitutional limits. She has a tea partyer's proper concern for the Constitution.

The other night, it is said, no one really stood out. I disagree. The pulchritudinous Michele Bachmann stole the show. She was charismatic and eloquent. She got the most attention, and she had been in the race for only a few minutes. Give her a few more debates and we shall see just how ready she is for a national run.

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