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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 27, 2009 6 Menachem-Av 5769

Obama: Things stink

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama has seen the present, and it doesn't work.

In the present, we all go broke. In the present, our health care "premiums and out-of-pocket costs will continue to skyrocket."

In the present, "if we don't act, 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance every single day. These are the consequences of inaction. These are the stakes of the debate that we're having right now."

So said Obama Wednesday night in a news conference. And make no mistake, the present stinks because the past stank.

In the past, a (unidentified) Republican administration left Obama and the nation with a "$1.3 trillion annual deficit" as kind of an inheritance tax. And now Obama must deal with it.

How will he do this while at the same time providing 97 to 98 percent of the American people with state-of-the-art, affordable health care that they can never lose even if they lose their jobs or get sick?

He will do this by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system. He will do this by making health care more efficient.

That's the future. The future is really going to be sweet. And we're not even going to have to wait that long for it.

"We will pass reform that lowers cost, promotes choice and provides coverage that every American can count on," Obama said. "And we will do it this year."

Obama understands that upon hearing this, some of you may grow "anxious" or "skeptical" or "cynical." He even understands that you might feel "queasy."

Fight those feelings. And fight the impression that every president promises to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse and yet those things remain with us.

President Obama promises something else: He will soak the rich. Getting rid of waste, fraud and abuse will pay only for two-thirds of his health care plan. The remaining third will be paid for by limiting "the itemized deductions for the wealthiest Americans."

What about the "s" word? What about "sacrifice" for the rest of us? Happily, the future contains no such need.

Jake Tapper of ABC News specifically asked Obama about sacrifice and whether ordinary Americans will have to "give up some things" in order to enjoy the enormous benefits Obama is promising.

"They will have to give up paying for things that don't make them healthier," Obama said. "If there is a blue pill and a red pill and the blue pill is half the price and works just as well right now, why not pay half price?"

Why not indeed? And so all we have to do is find a whole lot of blue pills.

But don't worry, we will. And they won't cost much. "We inherited an enormous deficit," Obama said. But "health care reform will not add to the deficit; it is designed to lower it."

And as it is designed, so it shall be. Because that is the way of Washington, isn't it?

I admit that the promise of enormous benefits at little or no cost — the deficit will actually shrink! — makes me a little "anxious," "skeptical," "cynical" and "queasy." Perhaps it makes you feel the same way.

But what choice do we have? The past is a mess. The present stinks. And the future?

Well, if there is one political promise you can believe, it is this one: Our future is ahead of us.

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