In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 April 12, 2011 / 8 Nissan, 5771

Boehner's remarkable triumph --- over grandstanding conservatives

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Shortly after concluding with House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, an agreement on funding the government through the 2011 fiscal year, which ends Sep. 30, President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, preened before the news cameras.

President Obama hailed the deal, which averted a government shutdown, as "the biggest annual spending cut in history."

"This is historic, what we've done," agreed Sen. Reid.

When politicians speak of "budget cuts," they usually mean slowing the rate of growth of spending. This compromise actually reduces spending below 2010 levels. That hasn't happened since 1965.

In February, Sen. Reid said a GOP plan to cut $32 billion was "draconian" and "unworkable." Now he and the president are hailing a deal that cuts an additional $38.5 billion.

"Shorter Dems: these cuts we've been resisting and denouncing for months are historic and we're proud to be passing so many of them," summarized Ezra Klein, a liberal blogger for the Washington Post.

"Republicans succeeded in reducing discretionary spending to pre-Obama levels, and they lowered the baseline for next year's budget, which will result in hundreds of billions of dollars in savings over the next decade," said Peter Wehner, a former aide to President George W. Bush.

"I'm not sure I can think of an example of a party that leverage control of one House of Congress into significant policy movement in its direction on a high profile issue," noted an appalled Jonathan Chait in the liberal New Republic.

Mr. Boehner didn't take a victory lap -- perhaps because he knows what was won is but a skirmish in a long war. A trillion is a thousand times a billion. Trimming a few billion dollars from a budget that is $1.6 trillion in the red doesn't matter much.

So the budget deal is Champion Hill, not Gettysburg or Vicksburg. But the victory on the 2011 CR is important (as was the Union victory at Champion Hill on May 16, 1863) for how it prepares the battlefield for the struggles to come on raising the ceiling on the national debt and on the 2012 budget; for the effect it has on the morale of the combatants, and for what it tells us about the respective commanders.

Republicans won in part because Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid played their hands poorly. They failed to present an alternative to the budget for FY 2012 offered by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, permitting the GOP to claim the mantle of seriousness in the budget debate, and to set the "narrative" for that debate.

But Republicans won mostly because of Mr. Boehner's skillful maneuvering. Believing Republicans would be blamed for it, as they were in 1995, Democrats originally looked forward to a government shutdown. To deepen the pain, President Obama even planned to stop paying our soldiers. (The troops were paid during the 1995 shutdown.)

Mr. Boehner outflanked them by having the House swiftly pass another short term CR and a bill funding the defense department for the rest of the fiscal year. If there were a government shutdown, Democrats would get most of the blame.

Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post's conservative blogger, is a former labor negotiator. She said Mr. Boehner used, brilliantly, the threat of defunding Planned Parenthood to bargain for larger spending cuts. Republicans have controlled the House -- one half of one third of the government, as Mr. Boehner likes to point out -- for less than four months. But already we've moved from historic spending increases to historic spending cuts.

Mr. Boehner's triumph is all the more remarkable because he has to deal with a Fifth Column of conservatives who say the cuts Democrats agreed to aren't enough.

And, of course, they aren't. Though this year and next some compromises can be reached to slow our rush over the fiscal cliff, there will be no meaningful cuts in federal spending, nor defunding of liberal sacred kine, until there is a Republican president and a Republican Senate as well as a Republican House. The budget war will be settled by the 2012 election, not by the skirmishing beforehand.

The grandstanding conservatives know this. But their love of publicity is so great they'll jeopardize victory in 2012 for a little more attention now. Shame upon them.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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