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 April 17, 2014 / 17 Nissan, 5774

Sebelius' insult added to Obamacare injuries

By Ron Hart

JewishWorldReview.com | Kathleen Sebelius, the outgoing secretary of Health and Human Services, hopes Obamacare covers injuries sustained from being shoved out a door.

After magically manufacturing her own low-ball projections of 7 million-plus sign-ups for Obamacare, she high-fives herself, then exits, stage far-left.

She leaves the smoldering ruins of a poorly thought-out commandeering of one seventh of our economy by a bumbling group of ineffective ideologues.

The media coverage was what you would imagine. CBS called her “heroic.” Fox asked for details and accountability. MSNBC called Fox News “racist and sexist” for wanting details. CNN crafted a paper airplane, tossed it around the studio, and interviewed experts on Sebelius’ projected flight pattern back to Kansas.

The fact that most mainstream media applauded her tenure is expected. It’s like Cat Fancy Magazine declaring kittens cuter than puppies. Nancy Pelosi called Sebelius “effective.” By government standards, she probably was.

Sebelius was a dutiful liberal foot soldier for Obama. When the website rollout proved a debacle, she supported Obama’s story that he knew nothing about it. Our president was too busy knowing nothing about the IRS targeting his political opponents, the NSA spying on us, and Benghazi.

As a reminder of how Obamacare came about, Democrats crafted this disastrous bill in 2009, when they controlled both houses of Congress and the White House. The bill was so bad that they even had to pay off members of their own party to vote for it. Remember the “Cornhusker Kickback” and the “Louisiana Purchase”?

Unencumbered by the truth, Pelosi famously told us about the secretive, 2,400-page bill: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Democrats viewed Obamacare as a magic elixir. The rest of us viewed it as an unnecessary suppository.

Obamacare violates the very foundation of our Constitution, so most people assumed the courts would strike it down – and most reasonable judges did. Then, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts shocked the country by voting to uphold it. To be fair to him, we men generally make bad choices when we are in a robe for too long.

Obamacare was a solution when there was really not much of a problem. All we needed to fix health insurance was tort reform, competition for insurance across state lines and less – not more – government regulation.

One of the more egregious deceits of Obamacare is that it front-loaded the goodies: Kids up to age 26 and preexisting conditions would be covered. Most major spending for Obamacare does not kick in until 2014. Costs and regulations were pushed to the back end. Obamacare is like a flimsy hospital gown: You’re covered upfront but, at some point, you realize that you are very exposed from the rear.

Remember when Obama said his signature legislation would not add a penny to the deficit? Well, based on the nonpartisan CBO’s numbers, the Weekly Standard said the “Affordable” Care Act will cost $2.6 trillion – and counting. Obama says 7.5 million people have signed up. Blue Cross reports that about 20 percent of them have not paid. At least 3.5 million of them already had health insurance policies that were canceled because of Obamacare. So to insure maybe 4 million people at a cost of $2.6 trillion over 10 years, this monstrosity could cost us $650,000 per person insured.

Obamacare has 20,000 pages of confusing regulations, and the price tag does not include $1.1 trillion in additional paperwork, regulations, fraud, angst, jobs lost, etc., for us to comply. For a law that White House Press Kid Jay Carney said was so good it needed no advertising, taxpayer spending just for advertising this turkey has been $684 million –so far.

That is why Obama now needs his current budget director, Sylvia Burwell, to replace Sebelius and put lipstick on this pig. Future discussions about Obamacare will center on cost overruns, so who better to massage the numbers reported to Congress than someone who has been doing it for years? And, note that Burwell has no experience in the medical or health insurance fields, or with HHS.

It won’t matter. Through executive fiat, Obama changes the rules whenever he feels like it. He was busy picking Michigan State to win the NCAA basketball tournament in a made-for-TV “March Madness” event while Vladimir Putin was marching, and Obamacare was already costing Americans money. But don’t worry, Mr. President. You can just issue an executive order making Michigan State the NCAA basketball champion.

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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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