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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 July 23, 2009 / 2 Menachem-Av 5769

Boxer and Feinstein Play Military Hawks

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago this month, Department of Defense Secretary Robert Gates laid out the case for discontinuing the F-22 Raptor: "The F-22, to be blunt, does not make much sense anyplace else in the spectrum of conflict." In English that means that plane has not been used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


Gates wants to slay the beast, but he understands you have to feed the beast before you can kill it. So the administration supports ending the F-22's long $65 billion flight — after seven new planes budgeted for 2010 bring the total fleet number to 187, which would be a good thing if America ends up in war against a superpower with high-tech planes.


Gates' last boss, President George W. Bush, wanted to kill the F-22, but could not. So President Obama upped the ante and put his political capital on the line by threatening to veto a $680 billion defense-spending bill if the Senate did not blue pencil $1.7 billion — the price tag for the seven Raptors.


The gambit paid off Tuesday as the Senate voted 58-40 to delete that funding — proving that on rare occasion, Congress can do the right thing. At least after the right thing is larded and watered down.


While 15 Republicans voted with Obama, 14 Democrats — including California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer — voted instead to spend $1.7 billion on F-22s, which the Pentagon never asked for. At least when it comes on spending on defense, Boxer and Feinstein are no doves.


I asked the senators' offices: What were they thinking?


"As Sen. Boxer said in her statement, there are compelling arguments on both sides," spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz explained. And: "Sen. Boxer believes that, given the significant investment we have made in the F-22 program and the fact that we have not seen a conclusive study indicating that 187 F-22s are enough, this is not the time to shut down production of these aircraft."


Feinstein's office released a statement that voiced Boxer's belief that 187 F-22s are not enough and warned that the "closure of the F-22 line would also cost California 6,500 direct jobs and 14,000 indirect jobs."


Where did those numbers come from? I didn't hear back.


But I think Obama got it right when he said, "At a time when we're fighting two wars and facing a serious deficit, this would have been an inexcusable waste of money."


A key vote in support of Obama came from former rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who argued that the F-22 controversy "has to do with how fundamentally disconnected Congress has become from those who sent them to Washington to begin with, and at what cost is Congress willing to have the American people continue to subsidize its spendthrift ways. It has to do with whether Congress serves as a trustee of the American war fighter and taxpayers or the military-industrial-congressional complex."


Now the big question is whether the 58-40 Senate vote will prevail. Or will it become a brief shining, showboat moment, easily undone by a House vote or behind-closed-doors conference committee?


More is at stake than the $1.7 billion. As Gates put it so well, "If we can't get this right, what on earth can we get right?"

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