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 Feb. 8, 2011 / 4 Adar I, 5771

WARNING: Hands off medicare and social security

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Republicans are on a roll. Coming off the 2010 victory, they have gotten the Bush tax cuts extended. The courts look likely to strike down Obamacare. Americans increasingly believe that the president's massive spending isn't working and must come down. Even Democrats are lining up to block the EPA's plans to restrict carbon emissions. Obama's foreign policy lies in ruins, his coddling of Islamic fundamentalists, in the words of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is "coming home to roost."

The one sure way to mess it all up is for the GOP to engage in the political equivalent of imperial over-reach and try to cut (or reform) Medicare or Social Security before the 2012 election. Attempts to cut or even alter one or the other of these programs cost Clinton control of Congress in 1994, Republicans the presidency in 1996, Bush his popularity in 2005, and Obama his Congressional majority in 2010. When will they ever learn?

Some, like Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Devin Nunes (R-Calif) and Jack Kingston (R-Ga) and the editor of the Weekly Standard Bill Kristol correctly say that you can't balance the budget, in the long term, without touching these two entitlements. But we need to defeat Obama in the short term - 2012 - and attempting to rein in either program is a sure way to lose.

And you don't need to curb either Social Security or Medicare to achieve major deficit reduction. These two programs are not the culprits in the massive recent increase of the federal deficit. Over the past two years, Social Security has risen by 12% and Medicare by 16%. By contrast, nondefense discretionary spending has risen by 41% and welfare entitlements like Medicaid and food stamps are up by 54%.

It is there that we should concentrate our cuts. To curb future deficits, you do need entitlement reform. But to bring down the deficit in the next few years, all you really need to do is roll back these insane spending increases with which Obama has saddled us.

If you take three steps you can cut the deficit to 3-4 percent of GDP (it is now over 10 percent):

1. Rollback nondefense discretionary spending to 2008, pre-Obama levels and hold it there,

2. Block grant Medicaid to the states, roll it back to 2008 levels and build in a three percent retroactive annual increase for medical inflation,

3. Cut troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan to 60,000 by 2015

Do these three things and you have a deficit below 4 percent of GDP by 2014.

Medicare and Social Security entitlements will drive the deficit - big time - later in the decade when significant numbers of baby boomers reach 65. So reform of these programs is important after the 2012 elections.

Then, the Social Security reforms outlined in Congressman Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc) "roadmap" proposal make sense - a gradual increase in the retirement age of one month every two years and basing cost of living adjustments and benefit levels on price inflation not wage inflation for future retirees.

His concept of means testing Medicare is more problematic. It essentially makes Medicare too much like Medicaid albeit with different income thresholds. The Medical Savings Account approach with a backup of government paid catastrophic insurance makes more sense.

But first things first. We must shelve this debate until we have taken the Senate and defeated Obama. Why add a new gravestone to the cemetery of those who tried to cut these programs and re-elect Obama in the process?

Let's remember that Republicans came to power in the House because of popular animosity against Obamacare. The $500 billion cut in Medicare drove seniors en masse to vote against the Democrats (by a 2:1 margin in 2010). To cut Medicare ourselves, now, would be the height of political insanity.

And what do we lose by waiting two years? Most current entitlement reform plans exempt current retirees and those now over 55 from their reach. If we wait two years, we just exempt those over 57 not those over 55 when we do pass our changes. No big deal.

America will be thrilled if the budget deficit, now $1.5 trillion, drops to about $600 billion by 2014 and if it is on a downward trajectory by 2012. The three steps suggested here will achieve these goals. Don't push it too far.


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