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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 8, 2010 / 23 Adar 5770

Bunning does the right thing

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "That's real courage."


If I had a dollar for every conservative I heard say that — sarcastically — about Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky . . . I could at least buy lunch at the GOP-established D.C. Caucus Room restaurant, with the wine flowing.


Bunning was making headlines for supposedly filibustering a bill to extend unemployment benefits. For days, I read and listened as he was accused of single-handedly holding the Senate and out-of-work Americans hostage. Bunning was doing this, if some of the media coverage was to be believed, because he didn't care about anything except whatever point he was selfishly trying to make. The Washington Post described him as "angry and alone, a one-man blockade against unemployment benefits, Medicare payments to doctors, satellite TV to rural Americans and paychecks to highway workers."


But Bunning's point was worth making. These unemployment payments are extra-budgetary. The federal government doesn't have the money for them; they're deficit spending. Media folk and others might feel quite comfortable condemning Bunning — it's easy to paint him as a mean Republican seeking to hurt the unemployed — but how about listening to him, instead?


As he put it: "If we cannot pay for a bill that all 100 senators support, how can we tell the American people with a straight face that we will ever pay for anything?"


That's a question that's going to drive more than a few tea parties and lead to more than one upset election.


Contrary to what the Democratic Party wants you to believe, Republicans occasionally do utter a word other than "No." Bunning, for one, proposed paying for the endless stream of unemployment benefits. And for that he was proclaimed an enemy of the people, by the media, by the Democrats and by members of his own party.


Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a frequent thorn in the side of her fellow Republicans (though this time she was part of a large crowd) declared that Bunning's position did "not represent a majority of the Republican caucus." She was unfortunately right. Bunning failed, and only 19 senators objected ultimately to the continued deficit spending.


This from a Congress that has pretended to be in favor of balanced budgets, enacting "pay-as-you-go" legislation only to consistently waive and ignore it.

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Collins was no ally to Bunning, and far too many Republicans refused to come to his aid. But I'll tell you this much, for what it's worth: On Capitol Hill that week, I met many younger staffers who were cheering Bunning on. And I couldn't help but think of my first days in Washington, encountering a young Hill staffer named Paul Ryan from Wisconsin. Ryan, of course, is now a young congressman from Wisconsin, and has done enough homework and hard work on health-care reform and fiscal responsibility to earn the attention of even the Condescender in Chief, Barack Obama, who typically dismisses most critics.


Don't get too cynical. Instead, lend encouragement the next time a senator or congressman steps into the firing line to do something sensible and responsible that he'll be attacked for. I remember a priest once telling a group he was preaching to, "When your pastor does something good or inspiring, thank him. People often don't." It's the same in all walks of leadership life. Perhaps most of all in a legislative body with the type of approval ratings that would get most of us fired.


There are more politicians taking on the "pay-go" lie, and they could use some support. They'll take on the president's propaganda. They'll be elected in November. They'll be young staffers working for someone else, encouraged by a public that appreciates when their representatives do the right thing.

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