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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 August 19, 2010 / 9 Elul, 5770

Outsourcing: A Solution to Government Debt

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- British Prime Minister David Cameron is calling for reinforcements to help him deal with the country's massive debt, which has been caused by nonstop spending, severe recession and declining tax revenue. According to the UK's Centre for Policy Studies, at the end of 2008, the national debt was 1,340 billion pounds ($2,090 billion USD), which was 103.5 percent of GDP. This figure includes all the public sector pension liabilities such as pensions, and Private Finance Initiative contracts. It's likely that figures for last year will be even more alarming.

Cameron has commissioned Sir Philip Green, the multibillionaire owner of Britain's Topshop women's clothing stores, to help cut spending. Sir Philip is described by the London Times as an "ostentatious businessman" with "a reputation for making brutally effective commercial reforms." Effective is what is most needed here, given the ineffectiveness of government to break from its addiction to spending and the public's satisfaction with receiving other people's money.

While the Value Added Tax is scheduled to increase from 17.5 percent to 20 percent on Jan. 1, government expenditures long ago exceeded income and crossed into the realm of the ridiculous. In America, government spending has only reached the outrageous. The ridiculous British expenditures as detailed by the Department for Communities and Local Government include: 12,948 pounds for catering at Manchester United football games; 500 pounds spent at Majestic Wine Warehouse; 1,673 pounds to Stress Angels, a company that offers onsite corporate massages.

As in the United States, this is only the tip of the fish and chips. Sir Philip's real challenge will be to channel former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and begin the dismantling (again) of the British welfare state and the sense of entitlement that has gripped this increasingly socialist economy. People here are beginning to "get it" that they can't go on with attitudes, practices and spending that government can no longer tolerate.

Sir Philip's commission is to present a spending review to the government by October that will recommend cuts in virtually every government program and agency. He is not likely to be universally popular as opponents of any cuts will be vocal and use the media megaphone to persuade the public that children will starve and the elderly will be evicted from their homes. Sound familiar?


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Already, union leaders have been on television conducting pre-emptive strikes against budget cuts for their interests, suggesting any reductions in their budgets would mean Armageddon for Britain. If Britain can survive The Blitz at the start of World War II, it can surely survive going on a much more passive spending diet in 2010.

Prime Minister Cameron's mandate to Sir Philip Green recalls the 1993 movie "Dave." Kevin Kline, playing the virtual identical twin to an incapacitated president, calls in a longtime friend (played by Charles Grodin) to bring some common sense to the federal budget. Working late into the night, the two devise a balanced budget that makes sense to them. The reason they are able to do this is that they are free of lobbyists, political pressure groups and other "special interests." They are also free of the political need to get re-elected.

If Sir Philip succeeds at his task, the government should put his likeness on British currency, along with Queen Elizabeth's, because he will have saved Britain from paralyzing debt, a force almost as strong as that from which Winston Churchill saved the nation seven decades ago. Perhaps America can then bring him here so that he can do the same for us. He already has an American presence. A Topshop recently opened in New York City.


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