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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 Oct. 11, 2013/ 7 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

GOP: Stay the Course

By David Limbaugh




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I respect — but disagree with — those who believe that the Republican Party is on a suicide mission by refusing to agree to either a continuing resolution or a lifting of the debt ceiling without some meaningful inroads into Obamacare.

If I understand it correctly, they are convinced that it's a dead-end mission guaranteed to hurt the GOP, mainly because polls indicate that people will primarily blame the GOP for the shutdown (and government default, should that occur).

The polls do indicate that Republicans are being blamed more than Democrats, but not nearly so disproportionately as Republicans were blamed for the 1995 shutdown. And keep in mind that Obama's personal approval rating is an abysmal 37 percent, which has to be related to this impasse and Obama's behavior.

We also must recognize that the public, including those responding to these poll questions, has been told that apocalyptic consequences will flow from any government shutdown and even worse with a default.

Plus, who in the world would respond that he wants a government shutdown? No one does. But how many would be willing to tolerate a temporary shutdown if it could lead to favorable policy changes on Obamacare and other taxing and spending issues?

Now, consider how the public's opinion might be affected by having witnessed and experienced the shutdown and discovering that the promised catastrophe did not eventuate. Would that damage Obama's credibility? He's amassing a track record on these matters, including his similar fraudulent hysteria over sequestration, the positive deficit effects for which he now takes credit.

Consider further that the main stumbling block between Democrats and Republicans is Obamacare, which is unambiguously unpopular. Its implementation is occurring at this very moment, and it is a train wreck, a nightmare, a mess and living proof that President Obama cannot be trusted. (Not a solitary thing he promised about this law is true, and it is plain for everyone to see.)

But what about a default by the government on its payment obligations?

Most agree that an actual default would be enormously damaging to the markets and to the nation's financial stability. But what is the likelihood of default?



It seems most agree that a failure to lift the debt ceiling would not result in the United States defaulting on its obligations. We would still have enough revenue to pay all our interest on the debt and some three-fourths of our other (non-debt) government obligations. Just to be doubly sure of this, the House passed the Full Faith and Credit Act, which would allow the Treasury to pay all public debt obligations and Social Security benefit payments after the debt ceiling is reached. So far, the Democratic-controlled Senate has not passed this bill.

It's not just The Heritage Foundation that is issuing this opinion. Moody's Investors Service opines, "We believe the government would continue to pay interest and principal on its debt even in the event that the debt limit is not raised, leaving its creditworthiness intact."

In the meantime, unlike all of his predecessors, President Obama has refused even to negotiate with Republicans. An imperious call to House Speaker John Boehner to tell him he won't negotiate is not negotiation. Republicans, not Democrats, have passed all kinds of clean bills and sent them to an uncompromising, unyielding president.

So, let's review. The polls are not only slanted and limited to a fixed snapshot in time but also being followed by real events that will, in all likelihood, change people's perceptions against Democrats. The people are watching as Obama's promises of disaster are not materializing, and he is showing himself to be arbitrary, capricious, mean-spirited and petty in his selective closings and openings of government services and highhanded in refusing to negotiate. His boasts about Obamacare are all being revealed as dishonest and deceitful, and Obamacare — the main point of contention in all of this — is proving itself a monumental nightmare way beyond what could be called a glitch or a computer issue. A default, though it would be bad, is very unlikely to occur as a result of our failure to increase the debt limit.

On top of this, Republicans have an entire year before the 2014 elections to make their case that Obamacare was worth fighting over and that they are trying to bring the nation back to fiscal responsibility. They will be able to point to the problems with Obamacare, the president's petulant behavior, his overall irresponsibility and his intransigence on fiscal matters.

Obama has been able to escape personal accountability for his fiscal misconduct, but when it comes to Democrats in Congress, he has reverse coattails, and his Democrats will pay the price in 2014 as they did in 2010, even if the public, on balance, marginally will blame the GOP for the shutdown and debt ceiling impasse.

President Obama not only has been lying about Obamacare but also is trying to scare seniors over Social Security payments that will not terminate and the global markets over a government default that will not occur.

While some are squeamish over an improbable catastrophe over government shutdowns and unlikely defaults, when will we face the fact that a far more permanent fiscal Armageddon is inevitable if we don't begin, in very short order, to reduce our ruinous deficits and reform our entitlements, an Armageddon that would — not might — radically reduce our children's prospects for prosperity and freedom?

Surely, this is sobering enough to inspire GOP unity and firm resolve.

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