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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 Oct. 14, 2008 / 15 Tishrei 5769

Longing for the Clintons

By Tom Purcell


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I never thought I'd say it, but, boy, am I longing for the Clinton years. Sure, the Clinton administration was rocky early on — lots of stumbling and embarrassments. There was the travel office scandal, the Whitewater scandal, the White House security hack who pulled up FBI records on Clinton opponents.


A handful of Clinton cronies got pinched and sent to the clink, but nobody much cared.


I remember, too, the agitation I felt when Hillary tried to nationalize our health-care system. But that effort helped pave the way for a massive Republican takeover in the House and Senate in 1994.


Initially that made me happy. The Republican Congress combined with a pragmatic Clinton brought us restraint, a surplus and a commonsense welfare-reform policy.


The welfare-reform idea was simple enough: Give a man a hand up, not a handout, and while we're at it let's teach him to fish.


Critics said the poor would be destitute. The opposite occurred. The poor did extremely well. Their success reminded me of a bumper sticker: "Liberalism — The haunting fear that somehow, somewhere people are able to care for themselves."


For the most part, the Clinton years were a lot of fun. The economy did well — the dot.com bubble was a great ride. Republicans, for the most part, acted Republican.


Better, the Cold War was over and nobody worried about much. We dropped bombs on people now and then — we waged a war in Kosovo solely from the air — but did nothing too messy that might make for scary images on the news.


Sure, there was that incident in 1993 with the World Trade Center — a handful of radicals tried to blow the place up — so we took them to court and sent a few of them to jail.


Nobody knew then that seeds of 9/11 were being planted, in part, by our lawyerly response. Nobody seemed to know that the masterminds who arranged that terrorist strike decided they were safe — and so they began planning a more fatal strike.


Nobody paid much attention in 1990's, either, when the Clinton Administration pressured government-sponsored organizations Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to loosen their standards.


Fannie and Freddie buy up packages of loans that are originated by banks, thrifts, mortgage companies, etc. to enable lenders to lend more.


According to a 1999 New York Times article, the banks, thrifts and mortgage companies were also eager for Fan and Fred to loosen standards. Once they knew Fan and Fred would buy up the riskier loans they issued, they could issue more loans to more people and make more dough — without taking on the increased risk.


Most folks didn't worry then that the change would be one of the causes of the financial mess we now find ourselves in — a mess that would grow well beyond Fan and Fred and eventually swallow up many private institutions done in by their own greed.


No, most folks were fat, dumb and happy — and amused. For entertainment value alone, we had a president who was the gift who kept on giving: "Monica Lewinsky was on 'Larry King Live,'" said David Letterman. "She really liked Larry King. Actually, she likes any guy with a desk."


Nobody much cared what our president did — the impeachment thing was an annoyance — so long as stocks kept rising and our collective nap went undisturbed.


It's true the economy and the dot.com bubble started to tank in the last year of Clinton's term. It's true, too, that soon after Bill left, 9/11 would hit, we'd go to war and the Fed would unleash easy dough to try and stave off recession.


Unfortunately, conditions would be perfectly set — a perfect storm of sorts — to create and eventually explode a housing bubble that would cause our global financial system to melt down.


Who knows what is next. All I know is that I'm longing for the Clinton years. I'd give anything for a Monica Lewinsky scandal about now.

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