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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 June 6, 2013 /28 Sivan 5773

Ireland: Great beer, wee bit of entrepreneural opportunity

By Ron Hart




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | During a trip to Ireland, one thing stood out to me which explains most of Europe's high unemployment and slow economic growth: a lack of entrepreneurial spirit. It has led to economic malaise, and it has spread to the United States.

Our bus driver in Ireland was an affable, 50-ish gentleman. He had worked union jobs in NYC and been taught a structured, static system of economics. He knew all the golf courses in Ireland, arranged everything and drove us in a rented bus.

Most of the guys on the trip were successful venture capitalists who had made themselves and many others rich. Upon assessing that our driver was central to a simple tour business, they offered to buy a bus and put him into business for himself. Even as it became clear that it was good business proposal, he continued to balk, listing regulations, insurance costs and licenses as obstacles. It seemed any entrepreneurial inclination had been bred out of him and, I am afraid, out of others as well. Taking a measured risk was no longer appealing. If he took our capital, got the bus and expanded his business, he would hire people as he grew and would bring much-needed revenue to Ireland.

When I saw the teeth of women there, I suggested that an alternative business opportunity might be introducing rudimentary dentistry to Ireland. Our driver dismissed the idea by saying, "Och lad, you don't look at the mantle while poking the fire."

Ireland is mired in economic malaise. GDP is down; the rate of unemployment is twice what ours is. Imagine what a vibrant group of capitalist entrepreneurs, unfettered by an entrenched government, could do for the economy if they were willing to take the risks to start businesses.

The country's debt-to-GDP ratio is unsustainably high. The International Monetary Fund has warned that Ireland has "an acute unemployment crisis," citing a broad market unemployment rate of "a staggering 23 percent" — a number higher than the drinking age.

And the Irish do like to drink. When big beer companies do their taxes each year, they claim Ireland as a dependent. I am not sure if drinking is the cause of Ireland's economic woes or the response, but it is a centerpiece of Irish life.

Starting a business takes faith, gumption, imagination, innovation and being willing to take risks. It quickly allocates talent to opportunities and capital where it is needed. The results help any economy.

History proves over and over that, even though it is bumpy and occasionally flawed, free market capitalism has done more to improve the lot of people than any government program ever. It does not result in equal outcomes for all, but it is ultimately fair and works for everyone. Dampening that capitalistic spirit will eventually hurt us all.

After an economic downturn like we just experienced, the real risk is that a charismatic, populist politician will step up and blame things on the few entrepreneurs in order to get elected. Then the capitalists, the engine of our economy and our way of life, are slowly marginalized. Their numbers and influence are diminished.

When intellect, initiative and intuition mesh to form a successful business, the entrepreneur should be rewarded. Instead, regulations proliferate. Five percent of employers in the 1950s had to get a government license to do business; now 29 percent must obtain licenses. It is a sad day when those who want to produce must get permission to do so from bureaucrats who produce nothing.

Politicians do not understand that wealth is not a zero-sum game and that productivity is exponential, not finite. Did the Google guys create their company that allows users free access to data to the detriment or benefit of others? Do Apple's products hurt or help people?

Government is based on the circular pick-pocketing of the productive in the name of "fairness." When it runs out of people and businesses whose pockets it can pick, it runs up debt. Big government politicians are about as concerned about citizens as ticks are about people.

From Greece to Ireland, Europe's soul-crushing governments are destroying free market entrepreneurship. And the malaise is coming our way; instead of decreasing business barriers, our politicians fail miserably by spending $11 million per "green job."

At least the Irish have a tradition of drowning their sorrows. We just drown our nation in regulation, debt and crony capitalism instead of Guinness.


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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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Previously:

Why Obama Comparisons to Nixon are Fair

O-bots Abound

Commencement Reality Speech

ObamaCare: Pols Try to Weasel Out of Their Own Law

Weiner Again Dangles Possible Run for Mayor of NYC

Lil' Kim --- Like Father, like Son, Young 'Uns Can Get in Trouble

Stimulus Money for 'Shovel Ready' Projects --- Where Did It Go?

Our Petulant POTUS

Degrees Cost More but Are Worth Less: Three Ways to Fix Education

Sequestration Drama Queens

Pelosi's America and the Declaration of Dependence

The Statist of the Union Address

Amnesty and a Wink: Another Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

Dems 'Never Let a Good Tragedy Go To Waste'

GOP's Feckless Response to Debt Ceiling Opportunity

Al-Gore-Jazeera and his global gouging

Is it more detrimental to taxpayers if Congress tries to do something--- or fails to?

Yoga: Don't Just Do Something --- Sit There

Looking Back at 2012

Day-O: Daylight Come and I Wanna Go Home

Whites on Rice --- senators grill would-be ambassador

Let's Get Fiscal

Hostess with the Least-est

Tax Collectors Find There is Gold in That Thar' Stripper Glitter

Sandy is reminder of all other broken Obama campaign promises

'Hope and Change' have become Smirk and Disdain

The Town Hall Debate: Angry Birds II

Boorish Biden needed to be put in time out

Media and Their Polls Declare Obama Winner

The United Nations: U.S. Attends Annual 'Despot Lecture' Series

Root of evil? Modern-day hitchhikers of virtue

You didn't build that' Speech Justifies Obama's Confiscation of Our Money

Anthony Weiner Reinserts Himself --- Into Politics

The 'Food Stamp President' Loves the Dependent, Mostly for Their Votes

The Fourth and Family

Fatherhood: Blame starts early if you allow it

Toothless Law Sets Doofus Free: The John Edwards Hung Jury

The Dangers of Government's Creeping Incrementalism

Affable dolt, highly excitable and eager to please, Biden does Obama's Bidding

First Person Forward

The Secret Service: Not that Secret about getting Serviced

Who are Really the Heroes?

GSA Vegas excesses? Bush's fault

Temptation of the Tebow

ObamaCare---Once They Get their Commerce Claws in Us, What's the Limit?

Obama's Campaign Theme: Taxation and Demonization

DNA and Me: Family Facts not Genome for Years

College for Everyone? Some Children Need to be Left Behind

Hope for the Hip-Hop-ocrisy at the Grammys

The Bain of Our Existence

Confusing Obama and 'Go Bama'

E-conning the Public, Washington Spending, and Other Shell Games

Looking Back at 2011

Kim Jong Il: North Koreans Love You Long Time --- it's Mandatory

What the MF-- Global?

The GOP Primaries: The Adultery of Hope

No Thankfulness at Thanksgiving for the OWS Crowd

Cain Mutiny, or a ‘High-tech Lynching?’

Slipping into an Envy-ocracy

An honest, if unconventional, assessment of those vying to wipe that smirk off Obama's smug mug

The Unwashed Masses Descend on New York City

Obama ‘pivots to jobs’ --- his

Washington: Blame No One. Do Something!

Our Debt Problems: Politicians Extend and Pretend

No Child Left --- To the Left

Dems' debt ceiling demagoguery

Golf Summit --- I Like Spike(s)

Nancy Pelosi Finally Demands a Weiner Probe

The porkulus political payback project

Schwarzenegger, please!

An ILL Wind for Business --- Boeing, Boeing Gone?

Osama's 72 Virgins --- and Obama's 72 Versions

Bin Laden was taken out by seals and now sleeps with the fishes

Trump: Got 99 problems, but rich ain't one

Why you should see the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ movie

Why The Donald trumps the Bamster

O-Bomb-A

Mid-East Megalomaniacal Despots on the Run

Truther or Dare

Facebook ‘Un-friends’ Our Increasingly Regulation-burdened Capital Markets

Egyptians Unfriend Mubarak

Hold 'em liable --- the colleges, that is

Follow your Hart in a look back at 2010

GOP wins in showdown

WikiLeaks --- Danger or Disinfectant?

The Angle of the Rangel

Where We Let Terrorists Really Hurt Us

Time to starve the spending beast

The TSA: We Do Chicken Right!

A Red Wave

No Juan Left Behind at NPR

Capitalism in Time Saves Mine

The Broader Picture of What These Elections Mean

Dem-moralized: ‘Dead Fish’ taken to the trash cant

Ships Passing in the Night

Obamanomics continue to add up . . . for Republicans

She had Tiger by the tail: If Elin did not get Tiger's money, Obama would have


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