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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 February 23, 2010 / 9 Adar 5770

Pelosi's last charge

By Rich Lowry




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In keeping with his new spirit of compromise, President Barack Obama has offered a health-care bill staking out middle ground between House and Senate Democrats.


At $950 billion, it's more expensive than the Senate bill, but cheaper than the House bill, and mixes and matches sundry tax proposals. Obama has again proved himself a committed bipartisan leader — if liberals from the House and liberals from the Senate are considered political parties.


Obama's true post-Massachusetts strategy now comes into focus. It wasn't to engage in good faith with Republicans, who will be handy props at the upcoming health-care "summit." It wasn't to "pivot to jobs." It was to wait until the shock of losing Ted Kennedy's Senate seat faded enough that he could keep doing what he'd done previously.


Democrats are now in pursuit of a "catastrophic success" — to borrow George W. Bush's phrase for the Iraq War — on health care. They figure that both House and Senate Democrats have already taken defining votes for unpopular health-care bills, that November is inevitably going to be ugly, so they might as well reach again for the goal that has eluded them since Truman.


It's the Samson Option, with a twist. In his last extremity, Samson pulled down the pillars of the temple of Dagon to destroy himself and his Philistine enemies. Democrats will rain destruction on their own hapless vulnerable members, a category that grows by the day. These swing-district Democrats, once hailed as the "majority makers" by Nancy Pelosi, have a new role as the suicidal front ranks of Pelosi's Last Charge.


Top Democrats have talked themselves into believing that only passing health-care reform will save them. This is the latest woefully mistaken interpretation of Bill Clinton's experience in 1994, whereby Clinton supposedly suffered most from failing to pass his ungainly, unpopular health-care reform. If only he'd succeeded in changing the health-care system in ways people opposed, he'd have been showered with huzzahs by a grateful nation.

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Democrats have the usual dynamics of democratic consent reversed, a little like the Queen of Hearts who pronounces "sentence first, verdict afterwards" in "Alice in Wonderland." Having failed to persuade the public of the merits of their bill, Democrats will try to pass it anyway on sheer legislative muscle — including the exploitation of filibuster-bypassing "reconciliation" rules in the Senate — and convince people what a good idea it was afterwards.


They think Obama will be better able to make the case for the bill once it passes. This assumes that once the bill is written into law over their vehement objections, Republicans will quietly leave the field and stop noting the tax increases, Medicare cuts and the overall cost, i.e. "winning the message war."


All this is threadbare political rationalization. The real reason for passing the bill is simpler and, in its way, more admirable: unalloyed ideological commitment. Democrats have a theological belief that a quasi-government takeover of health care is the only way to create an equitable system covering nearly everyone. Why should they let public opinion or a mere historic rebuke in Massachusetts get in their way? Their antecedent is House Republicans persisting in the impeachment of Clinton even after getting beaten in the 1998 congressional elections. Sometimes a party won't take "no" for an answer.


And, really, what else can Democrats do? "Pivot to jobs"? The job market is outside the short-term control of anyone, and Obama's only jobs policy is yet more politically poisonous deficit spending. Unless he was going to take a powder this year or compromise with Republicans, which doesn't interest him or his party, he had to try health care — once more, with feeling.


Nancy Pelosi should commission a poet as talented as Tennyson to memorialize the impending charge of her former majority makers: "Boldly they rode and well, into the jaws of Death, into the mouth of Hell."

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