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December 2, 2014

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. 22, 2013 / 12 Adar 5773

Obama's speech as seen 'on the margin'

By E. Thomas McClanahan


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Reginald Busby, owner and sole proprietor of Reamurpipe Plumbing, arrived at his cluttered office in Anytown, U.S.A. in a foul mood. After the president's speech, he and his wife, Florence, had argued again over the leaking dishwasher. Days later, she was still sore.

"It's just a little leak," he told her. "Something with the gasket in the front. I'll fix it when I have time."

"That's what you always say."

Busby picked up a piece of pipe he used as a paperweight and tossed it in his hand. He knew the problem wasn't the dishwasher. Business hadn't been good for a long time. The bills were piling up. Florence had to take a part-time job.

Busby was beginning to think it was time to sell out and work for someone else — be a plumber again, not a businessman on top of being a plumber. He was fed up with the paperwork and the long hours.

The president's speech didn't help his mood. Obama talked about higher taxes, closing loopholes, tax reform, fixing bridges — infrastructure stuff. Good ol' infrastructure. What would a presidential speechwriter do without it? This president also has a thing for "climate change" yep, there it was again. Windmills and solar panels.

But when Busby heard the president mention raising the minimum wage, he sat up in his chair and said, "Whoa."

Florence looked up from her needlepoint. "What?"

"He just said he wanted to raise the minimum wage to nine bucks. That's a pretty big jump."

Busby didn't have any minimum-wage employees, but his friend Harmon ran a watch-repair shop and employed two teenagers for the counter up front. A couple of days after Obama's speech, Busby went by Harmon's to have the battery changed in his watch. He got a big dose of Histrionic Harmon, as he was known in town.

"They're idiots!" Harmon said, bending over Busby's now-open watch. "Where do they think the money comes from? I can't raise prices. I'd lose business. What does he think this is, a big corporation? No. It comes right out of what I take home."

"What about those economists who think it will boost demand?" Busby enjoyed baiting Harmon.

Harmon stood up and began waving his arms. He still held Busby's watch, which Busby followed with his eyes as it moved up and down and back and forth.

"They're triple idiots!" cried Harmon. "Oh sure. Why not raise the minimum wage to $50 an hour? Think how rich we'd all be!"

Busby was relieved to have his watch returned in one piece. He went back to his office and stared at the shelves against the far wall, full of dusty pipe couplings. A old toilet was parked on its side in one corner.

A lot of what the president had said struck Busby as boilerplate, the kind of stuff that's always in these speeches. Whatever. The country's stuck in a bad patch right now, and it's going to take time. Busby wasn't sure who to blame. He didn't bother trying to sort it out.

But he hadn't heard anything from Obama that made him optimistic. He didn't see things changing and he was tired of worrying about whether he'd have enough work for his employees and having to put up with all the paperwork and government garbage on top of it.

He put the piece of pipe down on a stack of pink invoices. Why not sell out?

Busby, you're a master plumber. No problem finding work. Maybe you could work for the new owner. Then there'd be time to fix that dishwasher and more time at home with Florence. Because the way things stand, it doesn't look as if business is going to get much better.

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