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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 Sept. 28, 2011 / 29 Elul, 5771

Washington's Monument to broken government

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The television networks got their news tip early -- at last they would have a Washington newsbreak truly made-for-TV. So, at sunrise Tuesday, their mobile satellite broadcast trucks clustered at the base of the towering icon that the world knows as the symbol of our nation's capital.

Never has that been so true. And as the TV cameras titled skyward we saw proof that the Washington Monument is finally symbolic in every way of the reality of our nation's capital. It's just what we've been told by the cynical pundits, pandering politicos and even the econo-wonks of Standard & Poors:

Washington is broken. And now, perhaps fittingly, its monument is too.

TV cameras tiled skyward showed us a team of daredevil engineers rappelling from the 555 foot-high pointed peak of the Washington Monument. The experts slowly worked their way down the column, detecting and analyzing previously unknown cracks and chips in the stones and mortar, caused by the recent rare earthquake.

So it was this week that television finally had visual representation for all that is broken in Washington. On CNN, for example, we saw the engineers doing their monumental version of those daredevil wing-walkers, as highly trained engineers battled the breezes and dangled down the monument. We saw video from the earthquake day, of bits of stonework raining down upon tourists at the top of the Washington Monument, which, as an anchor told us, is closed until further notice.

Then the anchor moved on to what was billed as a new story -- which we now realize is really just a new chapter in the very old Washington story: "The government may not shut down after all this weekend …"

Yup, just the newest wrinkle in the same old Washington-is-broken story. Once again, some Republicans in Congress had played yet another game of brinksmanship threatened to just let Washington run out of money and shut down before the September 30 end of the 2011 fiscal year.

Really. This time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which provided emergency funds to disaster victims in this year of multiple catastrophes form earthquakes to tornados, hurricanes, floods and fires was due to run out of money. Some pro-Tea Party Republicans were insisting on letting the government shut down unless budget cuts elsewhere could pay the difference. Other Republicans, however, were mindful of the political fallout of plummeting polls that followed their party's roles in congressional brinksmanship earlier this year in April and August.

So they agreed to a so-called bipartisan deal that ended the threat of this shutdown with a few days to spare -- but the deal will only last until November. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called it "a win for everyone." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called it "a reasonable way to keep the government operational."

Meanwhile, you know it was neither a win nor reasonable. It is crazy and even cruel to inject political gamesmanship into the need to help victims to natural catastrophes. But you also know Republicans are right about halting our eras of massive deficits (such as those amassed during the presidencies of Reagan and both Bushes) and congressional Democrats always need to be pushed to curb spending.

Mainly, you remember how in August Republicans let their Tea Party minority push them to the brink, opposing raising the debt limit and risking default. Even when the GOP caved at the last minute, Standard & Poors still downgraded the U.S. credit rating for the first time.

But S&P got it wrong in August when it declared: "The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America's governance and policymaking becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable than what we previously believed."

No way. Even S&P now realizes Washington is predictable -- pathetically so. Washington is broken from the tip of its monument to the core of its principles. You can take this prediction to the bank: Come November, Washington will mindlessly blunder itself to the brink yet again -- playing politics with our future.

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Previously:


08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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