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 March 26, 2014 / 25 Adar II, 5774

Crash and Burn: The Mystery Surrounding Malice Air

By Ron Hart

JewishWorldReview.com | Details remain sketchy about the circumstances leading up to the crash. We really won’t know what happened until someone finds the black box.

I am talking about the crashing of our health care system under Obamacare. At least the Malaysia Airlines folks sent the victims’ families a text.

Next year will mark the fifth anniversary of Obamacare. The traditional fifth-anniversary gift is wood, and I remain hopeful we will take a wooden baseball bat to the law.

The “Affordable” Care Act was born of deception, with statements like, “We have to pass the bill so you can see what's in it,” and “If you like your insurance and your doctor, you can keep them – period.” Contrived in malice and surviving only because the media look the other way, Obamacare is an unwieldy morass of a solution to a problem that never existed.

Unwinding the dictatorial debacle will be difficult. Originally sold as saving families $2,000 a year, Obamacare will double most families’ net health care costs. Prior to the passage of Obamacare and taking into account what their employers contributed, the average family paid about $2,500 per year for coverage. Now, the third-rate “Bronze Plan” the law offers is expected to cost $19,000. But don’t worry – unions and politicians in Washington have exempted themselves.

Moochers of all ilks sat in front of their computers, trying to get what they thought was free health care. Democrats sat at their PCs for five hours at a time, trying to take advantage of others, beating the previous record set by Congressman Anthony Weiner.

It is not the enrollment website debacle that is the issue with Obamacare. It’s the failed ideology – the notion that a cumbersome and inefficient government can better handle for you what you to date have handled quite well for yourself and your family.

As Vladimir Putin was invading the Crimea, President Obama was peddling his snake oil to the gullible young. He did an awkward skit on a Web show called “Between the Ferns,” with comedian Zach Galifianakis. It is a time-honored tradition where stars come on TV talk shows to plug their comedy acts; sadly, in this case, Obama’s act was the “Affordable” Care Act.

Obama also pushed Obamacare when he appeared on TV to fill out his March Madness brackets. He has Putin taking Poland after Russia got past Ukraine in the first round.

Maybe when Obama goes on “American Idol” next week with his pick for the winner, Ryan Seacrest will ask him hard questions: Why have only a fraction of his administration’s predicted 7 million people signed up for the great Obamacare? How many of them have actually paid for policies? How many just were shoved into the existing Medicaid system, which we all will have to pay for?

Joe Biden was even dispatched to “The View” to peddle the failing Obamacare, which represented a first for Joe. With Elisabeth Hasselbeck gone, he was finally the smartest person in the room.

Most followers of Obama thought Obamacare was to be free. Imagine their surprise if they signed up anyway. If we know anything about those who mooch off government offerings, their money is good when it comes to paying for things on the honor system.

Watching Democrats stand by Obamacare is like witnessing the wives of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner standing by their husbands at their press conferences.

Instead of arguing on the merits, O-bots attack anyone who opposes them. The White House and its subsidiaries in the media went after Matt Drudge this week, calling him a liar when he said on the Drudge Report that he had just paid his first Obamacare penalty for not offering employee health coverage. They said it did not kick in till next year and excoriated him for lying. Well the clownish media were wrong again, and Matt Drudge was right. He paid (like all businesses have to) his quarterly tax payments for next year and included his Obamacare penalty. Drudge was right, and those who wrote and implemented the law were wrong.

Young adults will find no reason to pay the high Obamacare premiums. They are either covered under their parents’ plans, or can just pay a $95 tax penalty, and are covered for preexisting conditions. If anything happens, they can just go buy insurance, and we all will pay the bill. It’s like not having car insurance; if you have a wreck, you just bring in the crashed car and get paid.

Obamacare is starting to make the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan look well thought-out by comparison.

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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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