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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 Oct. 16, 2013 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with pigeons

By Ron Hart




JewishWorldReview.com | In dysfunctional and ideologically-driven Washington, it seems the only way to slow out-of-control spending is with the debt ceiling votes. Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the government. The only leverage they have in imposing some form of fiscal sanity is their debt ceiling votes.

All the posturing and rhetoric of Democrats and Republicans leading up to the "deal" remind me of a WWF wrestling match: lots of pre-match bluster with a predetermined outcome.

It seems all the politicians want to do now is hit the "pause" button on all of this. Both sides are getting beat up in the polls.

Obama said he would negotiate after he got his way, with full funding -- hardly a genuine proposal. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o got more serious proposals from imaginary women on the Internet.

It has been said that negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with pigeons. They fly in with great ceremony but won't make a move when it's their turn. Then they leave, come back and knock over all the pieces, mess on the chess board, and strut around like they won.

Vladimir Putin felt that way dealing with Obama on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. We should listen to the clairvoyant Putin; he can predict with 100% certainty which of his political opponents will "kill themselves" in the coming weeks.

The country is looking for down the road spending restraint that would cut the deficit. We borrow 40 cents on every dollar we spend. We cannot keep borrowing money and just printing more. When you peer through the fog of political war going on in DC, you see it is all about spending and the role of government in our lives. How much do we want, and what are we willing to spend for it?

Obama is a diminished man; his approval numbers are at all-time lows. Republicans feel they can take him on, but Obama's political calculus says he can blame the shutdown on them. This conflict is more about his ego than what is best for our country.

This type of governmental dysfunction might make it hard to maintain Washington's lofty 12% approval rating. Americans are tiring of the punitive nature of government and starting to realize just how little they miss government when it shuts down.


Republicans seem disorganized. They should have tried to secure for taxpayers a reprieve from the 3.8% ObamaCare tax instead of attempting to delay the medical device tax. They should have better tied to the spending bill Obama exempting unions, big business and congressional staffers from ObamaCare.

Yet, I feel for Speaker Boehner; controlling the disparate factions of the Republican Party must be hard. Add that to dealing with the slippery "Dingy" Harry Reid, and getting a deal must be like trying to gift wrap an octopus.

Senate Majority Leader Reid can do what he wants with his lapdog, lemming-like liberals. They vote as he directs and are more about power and politics than original thought. The Democrats are monolithic, raised in the power of a political machine and trained not to cross it. Harry Reid's reign over them is like Weekend at Bernie's; he puts a hat and sunglasses on them and drags them where he wants, for any reason he wants.

Part of the problem is that, when we have debt ceiling issues and shutdowns, spending priorities are pushed to the President and away from Congress. Congress needs to regain control of funding America's priorities. We should not want Obama's punitive, crony-based spending priorities in place; we should demand sensible ones.

I say we put Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democrat Oprah Winfrey in a room and let them hammer out a deal. With his widow's peak that is sharper than a scalpel, Ryan could cut the budget. And Oprah, who decided to cancel shows and fire people at her Oprah Winfrey Network, has shown that she will not deficit spend forever in hopes of spurring growth that does not materialize.

In an attempt to slither out of this problem of their own making, the two sides are now talking about funding government through the holidays. That way members of the Obama administration can get in a holiday mood and draw names for their "Secret Santa" gift exchanges. There is a $20 spending limit on gifts, but they are likely to go $7 trillion over budget.


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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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Previously:

The Washington Monument Syndrome

Government: Shut Her Down and Then Re-open Parts We Actually Need

Pride and Prejudice: The Religion That is Football in the South

ObamaCare quickly becoming ObamaScare

Obama, Putin and Blaming Others

U.S. likes to periodically rotate dictators

Affleck as Batman, Hillary as Wonder Woman

Government Keeps Fear Alive to Grow Its Agencies

Ill Will Hunting Schools for His Kids

Bread and Circuses: Signs of a Crumbling Empire

Who Really Has a 'War on Women'?

Liberal Policies Turn Motown into Notown

New York, 'The City That Never Sleeps' --- with its Spouse

Bankruptcy Gone Wild

When the whole of D.C.'s political class agrees on something, it scares me

C'mon, do the O-bots really want meth convicts selling Sudafed and toys peddled by pedophiles at Wal-Mart?

Orwellian Administration's Data Under-Mining of American Values

Ireland: Great beer, wee bit of entrepreneural opportunity

Why Obama Comparisons to Nixon are Fair

O-bots Abound

Commencement Reality Speech

ObamaCare: Pols Try to Weasel Out of Their Own Law

Weiner Again Dangles Possible Run for Mayor of NYC

Lil' Kim --- Like Father, like Son, Young 'Uns Can Get in Trouble

Stimulus Money for 'Shovel Ready' Projects --- Where Did It Go?

Our Petulant POTUS

Degrees Cost More but Are Worth Less: Three Ways to Fix Education

Sequestration Drama Queens

Pelosi's America and the Declaration of Dependence

The Statist of the Union Address

Amnesty and a Wink: Another Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

Dems 'Never Let a Good Tragedy Go To Waste'

GOP's Feckless Response to Debt Ceiling Opportunity

Al-Gore-Jazeera and his global gouging

Is it more detrimental to taxpayers if Congress tries to do something--- or fails to?

Yoga: Don't Just Do Something --- Sit There

Looking Back at 2012

Day-O: Daylight Come and I Wanna Go Home

Whites on Rice --- senators grill would-be ambassador

Let's Get Fiscal

Hostess with the Least-est

Tax Collectors Find There is Gold in That Thar' Stripper Glitter

Sandy is reminder of all other broken Obama campaign promises

'Hope and Change' have become Smirk and Disdain

The Town Hall Debate: Angry Birds II

Boorish Biden needed to be put in time out

Media and Their Polls Declare Obama Winner

The United Nations: U.S. Attends Annual 'Despot Lecture' Series

Root of evil? Modern-day hitchhikers of virtue

You didn't build that' Speech Justifies Obama's Confiscation of Our Money

Anthony Weiner Reinserts Himself --- Into Politics

The 'Food Stamp President' Loves the Dependent, Mostly for Their Votes

The Fourth and Family

Fatherhood: Blame starts early if you allow it

Toothless Law Sets Doofus Free: The John Edwards Hung Jury

The Dangers of Government's Creeping Incrementalism

Affable dolt, highly excitable and eager to please, Biden does Obama's Bidding

First Person Forward

The Secret Service: Not that Secret about getting Serviced

Who are Really the Heroes?

GSA Vegas excesses? Bush's fault

Temptation of the Tebow

ObamaCare---Once They Get their Commerce Claws in Us, What's the Limit?

Obama's Campaign Theme: Taxation and Demonization

DNA and Me: Family Facts not Genome for Years

College for Everyone? Some Children Need to be Left Behind

Hope for the Hip-Hop-ocrisy at the Grammys

The Bain of Our Existence

Confusing Obama and 'Go Bama'

E-conning the Public, Washington Spending, and Other Shell Games

Looking Back at 2011

Kim Jong Il: North Koreans Love You Long Time --- it's Mandatory

What the MF-- Global?

The GOP Primaries: The Adultery of Hope

No Thankfulness at Thanksgiving for the OWS Crowd

Cain Mutiny, or a ‘High-tech Lynching?’

Slipping into an Envy-ocracy

An honest, if unconventional, assessment of those vying to wipe that smirk off Obama's smug mug

The Unwashed Masses Descend on New York City

Obama ‘pivots to jobs’ --- his

Washington: Blame No One. Do Something!

Our Debt Problems: Politicians Extend and Pretend

No Child Left --- To the Left

Dems' debt ceiling demagoguery

Golf Summit --- I Like Spike(s)

Nancy Pelosi Finally Demands a Weiner Probe

The porkulus political payback project

Schwarzenegger, please!

An ILL Wind for Business --- Boeing, Boeing Gone?

Osama's 72 Virgins --- and Obama's 72 Versions

Bin Laden was taken out by seals and now sleeps with the fishes

Trump: Got 99 problems, but rich ain't one

Why you should see the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ movie

Why The Donald trumps the Bamster

O-Bomb-A

Mid-East Megalomaniacal Despots on the Run

Truther or Dare

Facebook ‘Un-friends’ Our Increasingly Regulation-burdened Capital Markets

Egyptians Unfriend Mubarak

Hold 'em liable --- the colleges, that is

Follow your Hart in a look back at 2010

GOP wins in showdown

WikiLeaks --- Danger or Disinfectant?

The Angle of the Rangel

Where We Let Terrorists Really Hurt Us

Time to starve the spending beast

The TSA: We Do Chicken Right!

A Red Wave

No Juan Left Behind at NPR

Capitalism in Time Saves Mine

The Broader Picture of What These Elections Mean

Dem-moralized: ‘Dead Fish’ taken to the trash cant

Ships Passing in the Night

Obamanomics continue to add up . . . for Republicans

She had Tiger by the tail: If Elin did not get Tiger's money, Obama would have


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