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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 May 31, 2013/ 22 Sivan, 5773

Where was the GOP?

By Betsy Hart



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Former Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Karen Finney asked that very question on MSNBC recently.

"There's something about this that I find stunning ...," she said. "... Everybody knew about this investigation long before the election. So if they were that freaked out about it, why didn't (Republican presidential nominee Mitt) Romney make more of a big deal of it during the election?"

Her comments seemed to be an attempt to make the case that no one in the Obama administration then or now was trying to cover up the IRS abuse of Tea Party-movement activists. And that, ultimately, it was not a big deal anyway.

Marc Tracy over at the New Republic goes further, suggesting several possible reasons why Republicans didn't get more excited about this when allegations about IRS targeting of Tea Party groups became more widely known more than a year ago. One being: "If Republicans made Democrats answer questions about the IRS harassing conservatives who were trying to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to speech, maybe Democrats would make Republicans answer questions about harassing minorities who were trying to exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote."

It's an interesting new defense of President Barack Obama: Republicans are running a smear campaign, and yes, there might be truth to it, but they didn't run it earlier, so they are to blame for a lot of this anyway.

But though it's the wrong point, it's a great question. Why didn't the Republicans controlling the House put this front and center of their agenda in an election year?

As we now know, it's a very big deal that IRS agents worked to deny or delay granting tax-exempt status to Tea Party-affiliated organizations, and in the process they harassed those within the organizations, pursuing them with invasive questioning and personal audits.

The details are ugly.

But as Tracy rightly points out, this story was in the national news by March 2012, even in reports carried by The New York Times and the Associated Press. There was a flurry of letters from Congress to IRS officials about the harassment. The IRS commissioner denied wrongdoing at the time at low-level congressional hearings that raised this very issue.

And then it was essentially all quiet on the GOP front.

Meanwhile, dozens of those affected were continuing to come forward and tell their stories, and groups like the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) began representing them against the IRS. As I write, the ACLJ is filing a lawsuit against the IRS on behalf of 25 affected groups.

In other words, the information was out there in abundance. But only now, only after the IRS itself admitted to some wrongdoing, are we seeing large-scale outrage from Republicans and a desire to dig deeper.

So in an election year, where was the GOP? Why wasn't the Republican-controlled House continuously holding hearings last spring and summer, and doing everything else it could, to highlight the abuse? Why weren't Republicans fighting this battle and revealing to the American people things we needed to know, especially in an election year?

Tracy posits other reasons, including that many establishment Republicans really do not like Tea Party activists -- and I think he's bang-on right there.

It's also a fact that too many Republicans are just too easily intimidated. I'm hardly the first conservative to point this out. But I haven't heard much discussion of the cause, and it seems to be this: Democrats are much more likely to believe that government is an answer to their problems. And so they have less reticence in invoking its powers. Republicans, at some level, really are wary of government, so they are never as comfortable controlling its reins as are Democrats. This leaves them impotent when rightly using its legitimate power is necessary.

(I think Republicans in Washington are too often every bit as comfortable as Democrats with the fruits of the establishment they are in, by the way, but that's a different column.)

It's a conundrum. And no, I don't want to see the GOP become as closely tied to governmental power as Democrats are. But they had better figure out the right balance while they still have the opportunity to do so. Or they may find themselves once again not needing to know how to handle power well, because they won't have any.

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