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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Nov 16, 2011 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | They were 12 individuals, most with firm convictions, meeting behind closed doors for hours, debating a fateful decision. They stayed and they argued, even as they grew tired and hungry and even angry. One by one, their opinions changed, until they reached a unanimous decision -- the right decision. And that made it all worthwhile.

We remember them mainly because we remember the fruits of their ordeal. They were the "12 Angry Men," the jury in that 1957 Hollywood classic. A dozen citizens who stayed and deliberated under duress simply because it was their civic duty.

And while you may not have thought of Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb from my opening description, you surely knew who those 12 individuals were not: They couldn't possibly have been the 12 members of the laughably nicknamed debt-reduction supercommittee. A more fitting moniker would have been the supine-committee.

In a dereliction of duty that will deservedly live in infamy long after their individual names are forgotten, the six Republicans and six Democrats from the Senate and House didn't just fail to make the tough but urgent $1.2 trillion in promised spending-cuts and revenue hikes that the full Congress never had the guts to make. They didn't even have the patriotic decency to get into the parliamentary pit and deliberate all day and night, going over all the proposals and all the options. And voting, again and again, as their coffee got stale and the pizza got cold.

It is too bad that they didn't choose to experience such unpleasantness, physical discomfort, mental weariness -- anger and even rage. Because that's what millions of Americans are feeling after being victimized again by politics as usual.

Instead, in their final daze, the 12 ducked their patriotic duty in order to cover their political aspirations. On the final Sunday of their scheduled deliberation time, the corridors of the Capitol were a ghost town. You'd think the supercommittee members were AWOL -- unless you were watching TV, where half of them were spinning on the Sunday talk circuit. Each party blaming the other.

On Monday, the full supercommittee chose not to stand shoulder to shoulder and take responsibility for their failure. They just issued a piece of paper under the names of their sacrificial co-chairs, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, announcing they'd failed to do what we entrusted them to do. Now severe automatic cuts will kick in -- and President Barack Obama appropriately announced he'll veto any effort to halt them.

Getting together was not exactly the supercommittee's strong suit. Their last full meeting was on Nov. 1, when the 12 members heard testimony from co-chairs of two efforts that had done what the supercommittee had been tasked to do.

First, the co-chairs of Obama's debt-reduction commission, former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., outlined a package of $2.6 trillion in debt reduction over ten years.

Next, the co-chairs of a Bipartisan Policy Center study group, former Clinton management and budget director Alice Rivlin and retired Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M, outlined several proposals, the boldest being reforming Medicare so the program would compete directly with private health insurance plans, with the government providing a fixed payment for each beneficiary.

Most importantly, all four of these experienced witnesses urged the supercommittee to go beyond its $1.2 trillion target and approve a "grand bargain" of $4 trillion in entitlement cuts and revenue increases over 10 years.

Domenici, a fiscal conservative, warned his ex-colleagues that those who insist upon solely cutting entitlements or raising taxes will be "complicit in letting America destroy itself, letting this great democracy destroy itself."

If the supercommittee had just rubber-stamped either group's proposals it would have done America a great favor. But of course, voting would have required a second meeting of the full supercommittee.

Instead, the supers opted to do nothing. Which was no surprise to those who know Congress best.

"I know most of you," Bowles said in his Nov. 1 testimony. " ... I have great respect for each of you individually. But collectively, I'm worried you're going to fail. Fail the country." His co-chair, Simpson, added: "You all know what we have to do. In your gut, you know what we have to do." Gut? Say what? Ol' Simpson isn't the only one who's made an unfounded assumption about what is lacking in Washington's new generation.

This gang of 12 not only failed America, but didn't even have the sense of history or decency to get angry about it.

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Previously:


11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

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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