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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 Nov. 2, 2009 / 15 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Reid's landmines

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), while trying to be clever, instead has planted landmines for lawmakers in literally every state in the union. Remarkably, he doesn't even seem to be aware he was doing just that.

Much like his backroom insertion of the public option into the Senate healthcare reform bill Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) supported in committee specifically because it did not have the public option, Reid's latest freelancing is unnerving his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. His announcement that he tucked in a neat little "opt-out" provision for states has many scratching their heads. The strange move appears to be turning senators off as much for the suddenness, secretiveness and confusing presentation of the idea as the idea itself. It seems to be having the opposite of Reid's desired effect of luring public-option opponents to his side.

Reid lost Snowe and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) with the public-option rope-a-dope, and he could lose a number of Democrats without Lieberman and Snowe as a political buffer, causing him to fall short of the needed 60 votes.

While shoving the public option into the bill behind closed doors was unseemly, Reid sought to pacify jittery senators by conjuring up this new element allowing individual states to opt out.

Unable to explain just how the states would opt out - if it would be a governor's choice, the legislature's, or done by way of a state referendum - Reid's Senate crowd is inching away from him, bit by bit.

With a "trust me - I know what I'm doing" plea as his sole offering, it's doubtful Senate Democrats, en masse, will swallow it hook, line and sinker.

At its core, the proposal, the manner in which it suddenly appeared out of thin air with no Senate committee deliberation, no public airing, no independent analysis, no anything at all, as it turns out, is fundamentally dishonest.

Even if the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores the measure in a way that allows Reid to save face, he nonetheless tossed a wrench into the engine, and many of his colleagues will likely find it difficult to trust his leadership, trustworthiness and judgment - not to mention how governors and state legislators may react once the full scope of the mess starts sinking in.

In one fell swoop, Harry Reid may have guaranteed that what was already sure to be a congressional campaign issue will also be a top issue in literally every state-level race in 2010. Many states are already gearing up to "opt out" of Washington's healthcare reform mandates.

Kansas state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook plans an amendment to the state constitution allowing Kansas to "opt out" of any federal mandate requiring everyone to purchase healthcare. Two-thirds of the State Legislature must vote in favor, as must Kansans in a 2010 referendum.

Kansas is only the latest - it's an idea that has caught on in 18 other states as more Americans feel smothered by the clumsy Big Brotherly love emanating from Washington. They'd rather opt out of the entire package and just call the whole thing off.


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:

10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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