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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

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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 April 12, 2006 / 14 Nissan, 5766

Immigration debate, un-spun

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Immigration notes:

  • The numbers at the immigration marches were remarkably impressive. They have been, as organizers claim, historic events.

    The question is whether they will have historic effects: Will they alter the course of public policy?

    I remain skeptical.

    Organizers make the analogy to the civil rights marches. The difference, however, is that the defenders of segregation had no real moral high ground on which to stand.

    Immigration restrictionists do. While it may not be practical, supporting the rule of law and opposing giving benefits to those who have violated the country's immigration laws certainly constitutes a respectable, comfortable and defensible moral position.

    I suspect that the remarkable numbers being amassed across the country will actually solidify support for securing the borders more than it will increase empathy for the plight of those who have taken advantage of America's lax enforcement of its immigration laws.

    Some number of those previously disengaged are likely to see these huge marches as a wakeup call for the need to enforce the border before it is too late.

  • According to organizers, these marches mark the awakening of the Latino community as a political force that will have a larger effect on election outcomes.

    If Arizona is an indication, in the short run this too is doubtful.

    According to exit polls, Latinos constituted 12 percent of the Arizona electoral turnout in 2004. According to the Census Bureau, Latinos constitute about 25 percent of Arizona's population. So, that would certainly seem to indicate a large potential for the expansion of the Latino vote.

    If the Pew Hispanic Center's numbers are to be believed, however, at least a third of the Latino population in Arizona is illegal and therefore ineligible to vote. Moreover, a larger percentage of the Latino population is underage and also ineligible to vote.

    The scrubbed numbers suggest that, at least in the short run, there isn't really that much of an increase in the Latino vote to be had.

    For the foreseeable political future, the Latino vote will be pivotal in Arizona only in a very close election, and only if it breaks overwhelmingly in one direction.

    The latter is also unlikely, particularly among the subset of Latinos who vote, and even on immigration issues. According to one exit poll, 47 percent of them voted in favor of Proposition 200, which restricted state benefits to illegal immigrants and required proof of citizenship to register to vote.

  • Immigration restrictionists are concentrating on the wrong thing in their opposition to some sort of legal status for current illegal immigrants.

    There are simply too many poignant stories of lives productively settled here and family breakups that deportation would cause.

    Moreover, the United States has been complicit in its failure to make any serious attempt to enforce its immigration laws, particularly in the workplace.

    Yes, current illegal immigrants broke the law. But sometimes the law has to bend to reflect reality. Hernando de Soto has a chapter in his seminal book, The Mystery of Capital, that traces the settlement of the western United States as a series of legal adjustments to the extra-legal settlements that had already been established.

    Instead the focus should be on reducing the pace of future immigration among the relatively uneducated and unskilled.

    That is the real problem with the McCain-Kennedy proposal, and the compromise that the Senate was prepared to pass.

    Currently, it is estimated that approximately 400,000 unskilled workers enter the country illegally each year. McCain-Kennedy simply makes that entire number legal, through a guest worker program.

    There is no real economic evidence that the American economy needs that kind of a consistent increase in unskilled labor. In fact, the real wages of native workers without a high school education are declining and those of native workers with just a high school education are stagnant, suggesting there is already an oversupply.

    Practical and sensible immigration reform would give legal status to those already here but try to slow the pace of future unskilled immigration.

  • There is also elevated unemployment among entry-level native workers. That's what makes the rhetoric of immigration liberals that immigrants only take jobs Americans won't do troubling.

    That suggests that there are some jobs that are beneath Americans, that Americans in fact should not be expected to do.

    That, in turn, suggests a caste system of sorts for the country, which has always been an American anathema. It also indicates the development of a welfare state entitlement attitude among native workers, which leads to the sort of sluggish economic performance that currently characterizes Western Europe.

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