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 July 6, 2011 / 4 Tammuz, 5771

Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

By Martin Schram

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week, at last, the president conducted the sort of innovative, job-creating event voters have been waiting to see. It was precisely the sort of event the people have been expecting the incumbent to start doing to win re-election in this jobs-starved economy.

But unfortunately for Barack Obama, the president who dreamed up, set up and then headed up this hands-on leadership-you-can-believe-in event was Bill Clinton.

As faithful readers know, this corner has long been urging President Obama's policy experts and political strategists to rethink and retool -- to get their leader more visibly involved in innovative efforts that actually create jobs. So far, his visits to places that are good news blips of job-creation have mainly convinced Americans who are already disappointed (see also: distressed and even depressed) that perhaps America's 44th president just doesn't feel their plight and pain.

But last week, America's 42nd president showed us he not only gets it but also is charting a new course to do something about it as a private citizen. On June 29, the Clinton Global Initiative organization focused for the first time on a United States crisis, convening a two-day gathering in Chicago of some 750 leaders of businesses and non-profit organizations. And Clinton set the theme by titling his opening presentation: "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs."

So what can be done? The former president served up a brain-boggling statistic that set the mission for the conference: There are three million job openings that remain unfilled because applicants for those positions have lacked the training necessary to do the work. But if the job applicants were suitably trained right now, America's devastating 9.1 percent unemployment rate could be instantly reduced by at least 3 percentage points -- dropping the unemployment rate by one-third, to a much more economically manageable and politically palatable 6.1 percent.

"Posted job openings ... are being filled only half as fast as they were filled in every previous recession since World War II," said Clinton.

How could a nationwide worker retraining effort be financed? "The banks in America have well over $2 trillion in cash not committed to loans," Clinton said. He announced several "commitments" from businesses and labor groups to pay for some retraining efforts.

But of greater long-term importance may well be the presentations of innovative approaches and solutions offered by politically and professionally diverse leaders.

Mississippi's Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, said community colleges are uniquely positioned to train local job seekers. "Our community colleges are very good," he said. "But they weren't getting the incentives or rewards for job training. It was all going to universities." He added: "We have to quit stigmatizing skills training." He said Mississippi has begun funding job training at community colleges instead of new spending on unemployment insurance.

Georgia's former Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said he set up a program that connects prospective untrained workers with companies that have openings. Georgia pays companies to train workers for six weeks; after that, companies can offer any or all trainees permanent jobs. Since 2003, he said, 62 percent of the trained workers were hired.

The conference also heard about worker retraining successes produced by Chicago Career Tech, a recently formed organization that provides middle class unemployed with classroom and hands-on training at more than 150 Chicago area businesses and nonprofits.

And the conference heard from the Chicago's new mayor. "We in the public sector, we don't create jobs," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "We create the conditions so you can invest and create jobs in our city."

After watching anew the mastery of Clinton, his first White House boss, Emanuel may be in the best position to dial the BlackBerry number he knows by heart -- having served as chief of staff and offer a trusted bit of on-the-job training for a class of one, his last White House boss, Obama, whom he served as chief of staff.

There is still time for the Oval Office's eloquent and never redundant incumbent to master Bill Clinton's innovative "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" leadership. It may be the 2012 key to whether Obama remains employed for four more years.

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