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 Jan 4, 2012/ 9 Teves, 5772

E-conning the Public, Washington Spending, and Other Shell Games

By Ron Hart

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When Ronald Reagan was president, he had to raise the debt ceiling to $1 trillion. Obama is currently trying to raise it to $16.3 trillion, up $1.2 trillion from last year when he raised it the last time and caused our first-ever credit downgrade.

To put Reagan's total debt of $1 trillion into perspective, in 2009 the Democratic Congress and Obama spent $1.4 trillion more than the government took in, which was 40% more than our total debt back then.

Obama thinks he solves our spending problem when he raises our debt limit. He is like a Police Chief saying he solved his town's drunk driving problem by raising the allowable DUI arrest blood alcohol level from .08 to .12.

Republicans took back the budgeting process when they won a majority in the House in 2010. The last year Democrats had the checkbook, spending went from $ 2.98 trillion in 2008 to $3.52 trillion in 2009. In 2010 it seems spending leveled off at $3.45 trillion -- not great, but it is the trajectory we should worry about.

Political spending is always cloaked in some grand rhetoric. Bush had his "slam dunk" wars, and Obama touts "helping the middle class." But they all breathlessly come to us with the conjured-up imperative of the day to spend money. Obama bellows from swing state pulpits, "Pass my bill now!" Here's an economics lesson for the kids out there: never buy a Rolex from a man who is out of breath.

Democrats cry that some 825,000 non-essential government employees will not get paid if the debt ceiling is not raised. Perhaps that is our problem; we are paying 825,000 non-essential "workers."

Washington takes money by force (taxes) from the most productive part of society, the job creators (business), and redistributes it to the least productive part of society.

Almost all of our bubbles are created by Washington. The Community Reinvestment Act and Fannie Mae mandated that mortgage loans be made to those who could not repay them. Congress pushed sub-prime loans, which went from 7% of Fannie Mae's total loan holdings in 2003 to over 20% in 2006. With implicit federal backing, Fannie and Freddie, GSEs (Government Sponsored Enterprises), were by far the largest buyers of the sub-prime loans. Before the collapse they owned $1 trillion in these risky mortgages. Competing with Fannie Mae in that market was like wrestling with a gorilla: you don't quit when you want, you quit when he wants.

Ever the imperialist, Obama spent $4 million of taxpayer money to take a two- week vacation, again flying separately from his family 5,800 miles to a $5.9 million, rented, Hawaiian beachfront home. Upon arrival, he played golf; to be fair, we cannot expect him to break his normal Washington routine on his first day of vacation.

Christmas vacations left only 12 out of 535 members in Congress when the payroll tax cut was extended last week. It was a productive week; how much better off would we be if none of the 535 members was in Washington? It would kill business in D.C., especially bail bondsmen, hookers and liquor stores, but it would be great for the rest of the country. To paraphrase P.J. O'Rourke, the mystery of government is not how it works, but how to make it stop.

With the (still) Democrat-controlled Senate unwilling to put forth a budget for more than 900 days now, and Obama acting above it all and offering no concrete proposals other than class-envy, "eat the rich" rhetoric, gutsy leaders like Paul Ryan step up. Yet, when he offered sensible budget-cutting solutions, he was vilified, predictably by Obama and the left, but inexplicably by Newt Gingrich. Paul Ryan and Ron Paul are right, but people just do not want to hear the truth. When Ron Paul and others correctly warn about spending and offer solutions, they are universally mocked by the left, the media and Hollywood (which are one in the same).

Most cognitive people long for the days when Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher ran the U.S. and Europe. Keen interest and Oscar buzz have preceded the opening of The Iron Lady, with Meryl Streep as Prime Minister Thatcher. She should win the best actress award, because a Hollywood liberal playing a tax-cutting, anti-union, free-market, right-wing woman whose policies led a nation to economic growth deserves the highest award for "acting."



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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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