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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 January 8, 2008 / 1 Shevat 5768

Eyes on the Road: Can Dems map out a better plan?

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Elections, in one important sense, resemble drivers' education. Politicians, like driving instructors, nearly always admonish their wards to focus on the road ahead rather than gawk at the pile up in the rearview mirror.


Oh, how Republicans wished they had a crusty gym coach in the passenger seat of the nation's voting booths in 2006, scolding citizens not to rubberneck at the wreckage of unbridled spending, an unpopular war and GWI — governing while impaired. Ethically, that is.


Voters did look back, of course, and gave the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress the electoral whiplash they had earned.


Despite their minority status, there's still a trace of that "don't look back" tutelage going on in 2008. Follow the GOP candidates on the road to the White House and Congress, and there's one name you will never hear. "George who?"


Yet even as Republicans labor to put three semi-trailer lengths between themselves and the current occupant of the Oval Office, it's Democrats who have the most to fear from a voting populous that glances away from the audacity of hope that lies ahead and stares instead at the heap of failure that lies behind.


One year ago, triumphant Democrats arrived on Capitol Hill declaring, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, "the election of 2006 was a call to change — not merely to change the control of Congress, but for a new direction for our country." So how did they do?


The first entry in "A New Direction for America," the Democrats' legislative playbook for 2007, was national security. And the top national security issue was changing course in Iraq.


There was indeed a change of course during 2007, but not the one Democrats had hoped for. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid presided over more than 60 votes that attempted to impose deadlines or other limitations on the armed forces. Each failed.


When Reid declared in April that "the war is lost," he may have accurately described his party's legislative agenda, but he certainly wasn't characterizing the efforts of U.S. armed forces in Iraq, with new leadership and a new strategy.


Now, you can hear the caterwauling of Democrats who blame an obstructionist Republican minority and an obstinate president for this and other legislative failures. And you'd be tempted to sympathize with them, until you actually look at the votes.


Last spring's $120 billion war funding bill, for instance, sailed through the Senate by a vote of 80-14 and the House by a vote of 280-142.


There are only 48 Republicans in the Senate, 200 in the House. Do the math.


Closing Gitmo, raising America's moral standing in the world, defending civil liberties? Not only did the new majority fail to deliver on these promises, we also learned during 2007 that Democratic leaders in Congress, including Pelosi, had for years known and kept quiet about controversial interrogation practices and surveillance programs.


The commitment to begin "a new era of honest, open and transparent government?" New ethics legislation certainly represents significant progress — immeasurably more so than anything that came out of the GOP-led Congress in recent years. But it contains vast loopholes, especially on earmark disclosure, which members of both parties used to great effect in the last session.


Getting Congress to do the work of the people? When the new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, the Democrat-led Congress had failed to pass 11 of the 12 appropriations bills that fund federal government operations, a demonstration of fiscal irresponsibility as reckless as any that preceded it.


To avoid a government shutdown, last month Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that combined the remaining 11 appropriations into a $555 billion pork-barrel monstrosity laden with nearly 10,000 earmarks.


Restoring civility to the democratic process? Not only did the new majority routinely exercise the same tactics of exclusion it decried when Republicans employed them, in the House it also tried to abolish the motion to recommit — a parliamentary procedure on the books since 1822 that protects the minority rights of both parties.


"Nancy and Harry who?" you may be hearing from the campaign trail. "And keep your eyes on the road ahead."

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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