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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, 2011 25 Tamuz, 5771

Life imitates sport

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Itt’s fourth and long in America’s fight to avoid default, but our leaders still can’t agree on the field conditions.

“The White House moved the goal post,” House Speaker John Boehner protested Friday night.

“There was no change at the goal post,” White House chief of staff Bill Daley responded, via “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.

Yet Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, is on record saying the uprights were indeed moved — by the Republicans. “It is like trying to kick a field goal and the goalposts keep moving,” he said earlier in the budget fights.

It’s time to throw a flag and penalize both sides for unnecessary sportsmanship: specifically, turning the debt-limit impasse into an extended athletics metaphor.

A week ago, President Obama said “we’re in the same playing field,” but by Monday night he was accusing Republicans of playing “a dangerous game that we’ve never played before.” A confused Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, went from saying that both sides “need to move this ball down the field” to asserting that “the ball is in their court.” Boehner countered that, wherever the goal posts are, “the ball continues to be in the president’s court.”

On the Senate floor, lawmakers found debt-limit precedents in fox-hunting and gladiator fights. Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the leader of a large bloc of House conservatives, explained his support for a plan that had no chance of passage: “Every Friday night, when they get ready to play the game, there’s always one team that’s favored,” but “they still play the game, and sometimes the underdog wins.”

There’s only one problem with the governing-as-football idea: This isn’t a game. If you lose the full faith and credit of the United States, you don’t shake hands at midfield and meet for a rematch later in the season.

The trivialization of the debt dispute by our elected sports buffs points to a larger problem with our politics: that lawmakers have abandoned governing as they pursue a perpetual contest to gain seats in the next election. Policymaking has become just another means of campaigning, as partisans on the sidelines chant slogans and hector the opposing team and leaders keep track of wins and losses — not for the American public, but in their own game of gaining and holding majorities.

A revealing example came late last week when word broke of a possible deal between Obama and Boehner. As The Post’s Paul Kane reported, Senate Democrats protested to Obama’s budget director that the president was squandering their advantage: “The Democrats were winning, the senators said.” Never mind that without a deal, millions could lose their jobs or their homes. The Democrats were winning.

Reporters, who have long favored the political horserace over substance, willingly serve as the politicians’ sportscasters. A bestselling book by two political journalists is called “Game Change.” Politico’s must-read morning cribsheet is called “Playbook.” When Reid put out a debt-limit proposal, the New York Times called it “a Hail Mary pass.” When Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell presented his plan, NBC’s Chuck Todd called it a “Hail Mary punt.” Politico asked why Obama (who speaks of the importance of “skin in the game”) has been on the “sidelines” rather than being a “legislative closer.”

Lawmakers are shrewd enough to disavow the gamesmanship they practice. “This isn’t a game of chicken,” Reid told Republicans. “No more games,” McConnell told Democrats. But political athletes can’t help themselves.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) complains that Republicans “did not play ball with us,” and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lectured House Republicans on “how we are going to play ball here.” Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) likened Obama to “a relief pitcher who enters a game in the fourth inning trailing 19-0 and allows another run to score. . . . [F]ans should be far angrier with the starting pitcher.”

On the other side, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) tells Democrats to “get in the game,” and McConnell instructs Obama to “get off the sidelines,” but Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) says it’s “way too late in the ballgame” for an Obama proposal. Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.) warns that “Republicans are playing a lose-lose game,” while Rep. Louie Gohmert (Tex.) sees Republican legislation as a “game-changer.”

Default would certainly be a game-
changer, and not a favorable one. But not to worry: On the Senate floor, Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said that, “even though the clock is ticking down,” he still expects a happy outcome. Why? Because he’s a sports fan. “I have seen miraculous comebacks in the fourth quarter of basketball games, maybe the last two minutes,” he said.

I saw “Hoosiers,” too, senator. But if the debt-limit standoff ends badly, we will have lost more than a basketball game.

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Previously:



07/26/11 Obama and Boehner take on Washington
07/21/11 Why Americans are angry at Congress
07/20/11 The new party of Reagan
07/18/11 Rob Portman, the boring Midwesterner who could bring sanity to the debt debate
07/13/11 John Boehner's bind
07/04/11 Stephen Colbert, Karl Rove and the mockery of campaign finance
07/01/11 President Puts Up His Dukes, As He Ought To
06/28/11 Rod Blagojevich verdict: All shook up
06/27/11 Progressives voice their anger at Obama
06/24/11 ‘Mission accomplished,’ Obama style
06/22/11 Jon Huntsman's first step toward oblivion
06/21/11 Scott Walker finds making bumper stickers is easier than creating jobs
06/20/11 A day of awkwardness with Mitt Romney
06/06/11 Hubris and humility: Sarah Palin and Robert Gates on tour
06/02/11 The Weiner roast
06/01/11 Congress clocks in to clock out
05/30/11 Hermanator II: No More Mr. Gadfly
05/24/11 How Obama has empowered Netanyahu
05/24/11 Pawlenty bends his truth-telling
05/20/11 Default deniers say it's all a hoax
05/18/11: Gingrich gives voice to moderation
05/17/11: Donald Trump and the House of Horrors
05/16/11: The medical mystery of Mitt Romney
05/12/11: The body impolitic: Schock photos should tempt lawmakers to cover up
05/10/11: Muskets in hand, tea party blasts House Republicans
05/09/11: The GOP debate: America -- and the party -- needs the grown-ups
05/05/11: Mitch Daniels, an alternative to scary
05/03/11: Obama's victory lap
05/02/11: How the journalist prom got out of control
04/28/11: Obama's birther day: Why did he lower himself by appearing in the briefing room?
04/27/11: Obama, lost in thought
04/24/11: Andrew Breitbart and the rifts on the right
04/22/11: Ten Commandments for 2012
04/21/11: Obama likes Facebook. Facebook likes Obama.
04/18/11: Without Nancy Pelosi, Obama is adrift
04/15/11: If progressives ran the world
04/14/11: Faith in political apostasy
04/13/11: One man's revolution is another's political expediency
04/11/11: Shutdown theatrics
04/06/11: Paul Ryan's irresponsible budget
04/05/11: Robots in Congress? Yes, we replicant!
04/04/11: Robert Gibbs, Facebook and the White House corporate placement service
04/01/11: Haley Barbour, the fat cats' candidate
03/31/11: Republican freshmen in House shut down compromise, and possibly the government
03/30/11: Coburn and Durbin, the dynamic duo of the debt crisis
03/28/11: The Obama doctrine: A gray area the size of Libya
03/24/11: Dems as Weiners
03/23/11: Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling
03/17/11: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
03/15/11: The underwear flap over Bradley Manning
03/10/11: In Senate's debt debate, talk isn't cheap
03/09/11: With Obama's new Gitmo policy, Administration officials had some 'splainin to do
03/02/11: Issa press aide scandal is like bad reality TV
02/25/11: Jay Carney: Mouthpiece for an inscrutable White House
02/14/11: The Donald trumps the pols at CPAC
02/09/11: Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation


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