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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 July 25, 2011 / 23 Tamuz, 5771

Dems changed their tune

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 1997, then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) cast a "yea" vote in favor of a balanced-budget amendment (BBA). Notably, among Democrats, he was not alone, and in fact had plenty of company. Among the Democrat senators voting for the 1997 BBA were Tom Harkin (Iowa) — the same Tom Harkin who now calls Tea Party voters in support of cutting and capping spending and passing a balanced-budget amendment a "cult fringe" of the electorate.

With that reasoning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would be a key part of that "cult fringe" as well, since he, too, supported a balanced-budget amendment in 1997, joining liberal stalwart Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). That Harkin himself voted for the BBA should score a spot in the annals of history as perhaps the most comical example of hypocrisy by an elected official. In fact, if every sitting Democrat senator who has, at some point, gone on the record supporting a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget were to keep his or her word, the measure would, indeed, land on the president's desk for signature or veto. But Democrats who previously expressed support for a BBA have now flip-flopped, with few, if any, being pressed by the media on the "why." What/where are their principles? Are they abandoning them out of blind allegiance to a failed, desperate president?

This might very well be the issue that gives the GOP a Senate majority and places a Republican in the White House, just as it was a factor in the GOP takeover of Congress in 1995 and the subsequent passage of the BBA in the House and razor-thin loss in the Senate. It's almost a sure bet that when their poll numbers drop, many a Democrat will scramble in support of a balanced-budget amendment. A recent Fox News poll indicates 72 percent of Americans favor a BBA, including nearly three-quarters of independents, spelling trouble for President Obama and Democrats. Increasingly, Americans want to more clearly define the job parameters for Washington. Rather than naively taking a politician's word that he or she will support a balanced budget, voters wisely would rather adopt a "trust, but verify" approach.

Democrats who fail to actively pursue a balanced-budget amendment now will not get "credit" from voters if they promise support down the road or claim or feign support late in the game in order to secure reelection.

While Democrats, left-leaning pundits and mainstream-media types engage in name-calling and demagoguery, brushing off the recent "cut, cap and balance" measure that passed in the House by a 234-190 vote as purely "symbolic," because it didn't have a chance in Hades in the Senate, they are being dangerously shortsighted. As voters fully realize Democrats won't balance a budget unless forced and will refuse to support a balanced-budget amendment (as was the case in the House this week, despite passage of "cut, cap and balance"), Americans will be more inclined to pull the lever for Republicans in 2012.

The BBA should be a key 2012 election issue for Republicans, and the message should be one of courage, discipline and accountability. Republicans, unlike Democrats, won't wait to support a balanced-budget amendment only grudgingly when their reelection prospects start looking grim.

One has to wonder just how many Democrats, if unburdened by Obama, would support a balanced-budget amendment like so many did in 1997. Voters might be wondering the same thing, and decide to relieve congressional Democrats and the rest of a suffering nation from that burden. But that might not be enough. While many Democrats supported BBA in 1997 and even earlier when pressured by voters and Washington Republicans, the measure fell short by only one vote. Should voters decide not to take a the risk that one too many Democrats might vote "no" again, they will opt for public servants who will embrace, fight for and vote for a balanced-budget amendment. Why elect a Democrat who needs a big push to do the right thing, when you can elect a Republican who is already out front on doing so?

The left might chide Republican efforts for a balanced-budget amendment now as "symbolic," the product of a "cult fringe." But polling numbers show they do so at their own peril, as support for a BBA becomes more and more mainstream.


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:


07/15/11: Clinton's bad advice
06/27/11: Cut, cap and balance
06/03/11: Weiner Twitter kerfuffle
05/16/11: Osama, Obama and 2012
04/19/11: Obama's charity state
04/12/11: Dems too crazy to win
03/21/11: Revere real journalism
03/14/11: Dems generous to a fault
03/07/11: Cut with a machete
03/02/11: $100,000,000,000 of waste is immoral
02/28/11: GOP 2012 hopefuls are getting in touch with their inner Cheesehead
02/14/11: Patriot Act needs diligence
06/15/10: Republican girl power
06/01/10: The petulant president
05/26/10: Party like it's 1994
04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours
04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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