In this issue

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 July 21, 2011 19 Tamuz, 5771

Why Americans are angry at Congress

By Dana Milbank

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 80 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working. Such a finding leads to an inevitable conclusion: The other 20 percent aren’t paying attention.

With cameras rolling, lawmakers have managed this week to give the Capitol the gravitas of a middle school. Consider the lengthy debate on the House floor over the title of the budget legislation, which Republicans dubbed “Cut, Cap and Balance” and Democrats called “Duck, Dodge and Dismantle.”

“This is Ducking, Dodging and Destroying,” revised Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

“Better called the Slash, Burn and Pander Act,” recommended Pete Stark (D-Calif.).

“Cut, Slash and Burn,” suggested Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, corrected them all. “Cut, Cap and End Medicare,” she said.

“Cut, Cap and Default Act,” insisted Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

“It’s really Cash Cow for Billionaires,” proposed Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

Republicans fought to reclaim the name. “I prefer Cut, Cap and Balance over Punt, Pass and Kick,” said Trey Gowdy (S.C.).

“Kick, Pass and Punt,” said Scott Tipton (Colo.).

Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) had an announcement. “I have a new name for the bill: The Bill Which Tap Dances Around the Question of Revenue and Lifting the Debt Ceiling Which Was Done Sixty-Plus Times Over America’s Lifetime With Reagan, Carter, President Bush and President Bush and Clinton.”

Quite a mouthful, Congresswoman, don’t you think?

Jackson Lee tried again. “It’s the Tap Dance Losers’ Club and Bust the Benefits Bill,” she proposed.

Um, okay.

Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) mulled this suggestion then countered: “What the president has in mind I would refer to as the Whistling Past the Graveyard plan.”

It was enough to give Michele Bachmann a migraine.

Michael Vick came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to advocate tougher penalties for dogfighting. But lawmakers had little time for him, because they were in the middle of a gang fight.

In the Senate, the bipartisan Gang of Six declared that it had reached a compromise. But a rival gang on the House side, a group of middle-aged men calling themselves Young Guns, voiced immediate skepticism.

While the Young Guns drew knives, freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) shot virtual daggers at Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairman. Wasserman Schultz, who spoke on the House floor immediately after West, had said it was “unbelievable” that her fellow Floridian would favor Medicare cuts.

This mild criticism prompted West to flame Wasserman Schultz in an e-mail leaked to Politico’s Ben Smith. Riddled with punctuation and grammar errors, it suggested the Democrat “shut the heck up” and informed her: “You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. . . . You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!”

West’s rant was only slightly less coherent than the debate occurring on the floor. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) used Lord Acton’s words (“Absolute power corrupts absolutely”) to liken President Obama to a tyrant. “Today we fight back against this corruption of absolute power,” she said.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) went further back into history for an Obama archetype. “Marie Antoinette would be proud of such arrogance,” he ascertained.

By contrast, Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) opted for a color-coded theme, in which he held up his voting card and explained that green represented yes. “The green button: independence of this great nation,” he said. And red? “Continued and increasing bondage.”

“What the red will mean,” retorted Jackson Lee, “is to stop the insanity.”

Markey displayed a poster of a cruise ship with a Monopoly man on board and old people in the water. “Grandma is being pushed overboard!” he declared.

All decorum departed the chamber as lawmakers ignored regular reminders from the speaker not to address one another directly or to disparage the president.

Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) cut up credit cards in the well of the House, and Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) proposed a “cash money” wager with Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) called the legislation “a rotten piece of red meat,” while Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) found the other side’s position to be “piggish” and “un-American.” Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said the Republicans were reprising “Waiting for Godot,” while Todd Young (R-Ind.) compared the Democrats’ position to “Alice in Wonderland.”

Eventually, the bill passed — but the adolescent skirmishes continued. “I’m going to give it another name today,” Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) said on the floor the next day. “Cut, Cap and Continue Wars.”

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06/22/11 Jon Huntsman's first step toward oblivion
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06/20/11 A day of awkwardness with Mitt Romney
06/06/11 Hubris and humility: Sarah Palin and Robert Gates on tour
06/02/11 The Weiner roast
06/01/11 Congress clocks in to clock out
05/30/11 Hermanator II: No More Mr. Gadfly
05/24/11 How Obama has empowered Netanyahu
05/24/11 Pawlenty bends his truth-telling
05/20/11 Default deniers say it's all a hoax
05/18/11: Gingrich gives voice to moderation
05/17/11: Donald Trump and the House of Horrors
05/16/11: The medical mystery of Mitt Romney
05/12/11: The body impolitic: Schock photos should tempt lawmakers to cover up
05/10/11: Muskets in hand, tea party blasts House Republicans
05/09/11: The GOP debate: America -- and the party -- needs the grown-ups
05/05/11: Mitch Daniels, an alternative to scary
05/03/11: Obama's victory lap
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04/28/11: Obama's birther day: Why did he lower himself by appearing in the briefing room?
04/27/11: Obama, lost in thought
04/24/11: Andrew Breitbart and the rifts on the right
04/22/11: Ten Commandments for 2012
04/21/11: Obama likes Facebook. Facebook likes Obama.
04/18/11: Without Nancy Pelosi, Obama is adrift
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04/14/11: Faith in political apostasy
04/13/11: One man's revolution is another's political expediency
04/11/11: Shutdown theatrics
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04/05/11: Robots in Congress? Yes, we replicant!
04/04/11: Robert Gibbs, Facebook and the White House corporate placement service
04/01/11: Haley Barbour, the fat cats' candidate
03/31/11: Republican freshmen in House shut down compromise, and possibly the government
03/30/11: Coburn and Durbin, the dynamic duo of the debt crisis
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03/23/11: Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling
03/17/11: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
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