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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 May 4, 2010 / 20 Iyar 5770

Britain's Choice

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat candidate for prime minister and the Susan Boyle of British politics, said something during the first debate on April 15 that resonated with the British public and will be familiar to American tea party activists. Channeling the late Alabama Governor George Wallace, Clegg said basically that there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between Labour and the Conservative Party and that both parties had tried for 40 years to fix the nation's problems -- and failed. Clegg asked for Britain to try something new: him.


Clegg became "the man of the moment," as one BBC "presenter" called him, but it appears cooler -- or at least traditional -- heads are prevailing and David Cameron's Conservative Party is likely to win a majority of parliamentary seats in Thursday's election. Whether that majority is sufficient to avoid a "hung Parliament" is the question.


If Cameron becomes prime minister with a sufficient parliamentary majority, he will have to make changes not seen -- or tried -- since Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, revolutionizing government's role in everything from what it owns, to expectations for its citizens to do more. While Cameron has said on several occasions that his approach to government is unlike that of the "Iron Lady," increasingly in recent weeks his rhetoric on some themes and issues sounds remarkably as if Thatcher could have delivered them.


In his party's "manifesto," released early last month, Cameron promised new powers for public sector workers to "run their services as cooperatives (a clear nod toward Thatcherism, though privatization would be better); for parents to set up academy schools (the British version of American charter schools, except these are established with the help of non-government sponsors); for voters to be able to sack MPs (this in the wake of the expense scandal that exposed many parliamentarians who claimed expenses for things like moat maintenance and second homes in which they rarely or never lived); for residents to veto council taxes and for citizens to elect police chiefs.


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The one gaping hole in the Conservative manifesto is taxes. While Labour has promised not to raise income taxes, the Conservative manifesto makes no such promise. Neither does it mention the Value Added Tax (VAT), which Labour and Liberal Democrats claim will be raised to 20 percent (from the current 17.4 percent) to pay for Cameron's plans.


If a Conservative government were to increase taxes -- whether income or the VAT -- while attempting to shift the numerous roles of government to the people, it would feel like a betrayal to many voters who appear ready to trust Conservatives again.


In an editorial last Saturday endorsing David Cameron -- its first for the Conservative Party in 18 years -- the London Times said, "We must choose. Either we are to be a country that has lost confidence in the ingenuity and potential of its people, and concludes that the State must continue to grow and protect us from ourselves. Or we can be a country that cares for the needy but reins in the ever-growing appetite of government and frees up people to grow their businesses, nurture their families and pursue their own hopes and happiness."


Not only is that a great theme for this British election, it is one Republicans should use for America's congressional election in November and the presidential contest in 2012. America, too, is faced with being smothered by government growth and more control of our lives. We, too, need to throw off the shackles of the Left's "you can't make it without government" and once again embrace liberty as God's gift to Man and nations. As in Britain, the choice is ours and, like Britain, we had better make it quickly while we still can.


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