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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 Sept. 28, 2010 / 20 Tishrei, 5771

GOP Pledge Beats Democrats' Delays

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The House Republicans' "Pledge to America" calls for an extension of the Bush tax cuts for all; a rollback of government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels; "strict budget caps," an end to the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the rest of the Obama stimulus package. What's not to like?

Having been asked what they would do differently if they ran the House, the Republicans came up with an answer.

Meanwhile, the Democrats run the House but they are not acting as if they are in charge. They haven't passed a budget. They're putting off a vote to extend all or some of the Bush tax cuts until after the Nov. 2 general election. They're acting like lame ducks before they become lame ducks.

They can't seem to get much of anything done, except deflect attention from their fecklessness to gaps in the GOP pledge.

Liberal pundits have hit the Repubs for not presenting specific spending cuts and not sufficiently tackling the federal deficit.

On the right, RedState Editor Erick Erickson dismissed the document as a series of "compromises and milquetoast rhetorical flourishes."

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who helped draft the GOP pledge, doesn't agree that it's light on spending-cut specifics. "We roll it back to pre-stimulus" spending levels, McCarthy noted, which means cutting the Department of Labor and other non-security budgets.

Sure, parts of the pledge are too gimmicky for my taste. To wit: "read-the-bill" language that would require that any bills be posted online for three days before they come up for a vote. Didn't President Obama make a similar promise, which he readily discarded?

The pledge fails to address the looming entitlement crisis — that is, it doesn't get into thorny issues likely to offend have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too voters — and includes a 20 percent tax deduction for small-business owners that likely won't help the deficit.

But it's beats the anything-goes status quo.

Speaking of which: On "Fox News Sunday," House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer cravenly charged that the GOP plan would "create another $4 trillion in debt." You'd never guess that Democrats want to extend most of the Bush tax cuts even though it will add to the deficit.

Somehow, they've erected this construct where they can extend most of the Bush tax cuts and increase the deficit by more than $3 trillion over a decade, and that's responsible. Whereas, if Republicans want to add earners who pay the highest taxes — increasing the tab by another $700 billion in an effort to save jobs — they're irresponsible hypocrites.

Hoyer "doesn't want to cut any of the spending in Washington," McCarthy marveled. "He wants to continue the growth of spending in Washington." So who is Hoyer to hit Republicans on deficit spending, when his party has no plan to curb spending?

In the wake of a behavior-changing recession, the economy is not producing jobs. Small businesses are waiting for a signal to nudge them into action. When a vote to extend all of the Bush tax cuts could give would-be employers a sense of certainty, the Democrats are dithering.

Clearly, the Dems feel no sense of urgency to jump-start the economy.

They can't talk up their accomplishments; they can't brag about their fiscal responsibility, so they point at the GOP and yell "deficit."

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