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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 August 14, 2006 / 20 Menachem-Av, 5766

‘I'm from the government and I'm here to help you’

By Ben Wattenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | That was a big laugh line some years ago.


Well, Paul Light of the Brookings Institution ( a good think tank, but a little too stuffy for my taste) wrote a book a few years ago entitled Government's Greatest Achievements (Brookings 2002) in which he briefly iterates 50 programs what we have done in America and what we ought to do. Mostly they are success stories. He lists 50 programs for the future.


I don't agree with all his lists, nor all his priorities, but it is quite a list of past accomplishments, and future endeavors.


Done:


At the top a variety of civil rights programs. Assure defense capabilities. The rollback of of Soviet communism. Rebuilding Europe after WWII (they are sooo grateful, particularly to French). Retirement aid. Aid to the elderly. Medicare. Medicaid. Environmental standards. New medicines. Wilderness protection. Crime reduction. Welfare Reform. Helping veterans — the GI Bill of Rights. Greater homeownership. Open up markets. More financial transparency. And much, much more.


The future looks like more of the same.


It wasn't perfect.


The bureaucracies can drive you nuts.


But even the vast majority of hard right conservatives don't want to live in an America with gaunt elderly people in the streets, unsafe, rigged stock exchanges (we have enough as it is), no means of higher education for those who want to bootstrap, or a return to the ugliness and tragedy of segregation.


BTW, recognizing the achievements, sorting out the failures — forms the basis of that dreaded persuasion neo-conservatism.


I'm very proud to be called one. I am one.

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