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 Sept. 12, 2011 / 13 Elul, 5771

Waive wage rule, create jobs

By Cheri Jacobus

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | From what we know so far, President Obama's "everything old is new again" $300 billion stimulus tin-can-rattling proposal is barely worth discussing or considering, given the hot mess of his track record. Yet the GOP-led House is forced to do just that, having no choice but to play the hand it's been dealt with a Democratic Senate and far-left occupant in the White House committed still, despite abysmal failures, to the redistribution of wealth over creation of wealth.

After the failed trillion-dollar stimulus bill created only a handful of jobs instead of the 4.5 million Obama predicted and promised, just why would we want to go down that road again?

I think even he knows this new spending scheme is a nonstarter. But with public approval on his handling of the economy at 37 percent, according to the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Obama is desperate for Republicans to get blamed for the massive unemployment and economic disaster that has occurred during his presidency and as a result of his policies.

So blinded by ideology and inexperience, Obama makes nary a mention of responsible measures government could take to get out of the way of business so they could create private-sector jobs, grow wealth and get the economy humming. To acknowledge even the potential would be to embrace capitalism — kryptonite to the president despite the dire straits of the U.S. economy. CEO after CEO has gone public with frustration and concern that this president's policies are wreaking havoc on businesses and the economy. They need Obama and the government to get out of their way so they can create private-sector jobs, though the situation is already grave. So much damage already done.

Soon, there will be scant wealth to redistribute.

Of particular note is Obama's notion that school construction should now be more fully a federal responsibility, rather than up to states and localities — especially since he fails to explain to us just how this would create permanent jobs. Actually, he doesn't even try to explain it.

If Congress has spending on more federal projects shoved down its throat, perhaps Republicans and a few intellectually honest Democrats can insist on some cost-cutting measures, or at least making those dollars go a bit further, creating a few more of those short-term jobs (since government can't really create permanent work). Congress should hold Obama's feet to the fire and again push for, at a minimum, waiving the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) on school construction, thus saving at least 15 percent on the cost to taxpayers. The artificially inflated wages paid to union shops for the federal contracts as mandated by DBA should be made more competitive so smaller, non-union construction businesses could compete. Able-bodied men and women in inner-city neighborhoods where school construction would take place would have an opportunity to have a paycheck for a while, should the Davis-Bacon restrictions be relaxed, that they would otherwise be denied. Taxpayers get a better deal, unemployed people get to work for a while, and Americans who (rightfully) chafe at the expanded federal role will feel slightly less assaulted. Even if we opt out of saving the money and spend every dime proposed, were the Davis-Bacon Act waived, more people would be able to earn a paycheck from the funds.

Some Republicans proposed DBA waivers in past rounds of Obama's spending, and there is a precedent during emergencies such as hurricanes and other disasters to temporarily waive Davis-Bacon in order to save the government money and speed up recovery. Perhaps it's time Obama join with the majority of Americans who fully comprehend we are experiencing economic disaster.

In truth, any of this new public works spending should waive Davis-Bacon, but school construction is the most justifiable. It is not supposed to fully be a federal responsibility, although there are federal subsidies. It should not be the role of the taxpayers to take on this new spending responsibility while being forced to pay the inflated wages dictated by the Davis-Bacon Act that we cannot afford with yet another stimulus spending spree by Obama.

Sadly, the most difficult part of this proposal would be that Obama and congressional Democrats would have to choose between employing more Americans and saving taxpayers' money — or bowing down and kissing the feet of the labor union bosses.

Interesting choice.

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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


07/25/11: Dems changed their tune
07/15/11: Clinton's bad advice
06/27/11: Cut, cap and balance
06/03/11: Weiner Twitter kerfuffle
05/16/11: Osama, Obama and 2012
04/19/11: Obama's charity state
04/12/11: Dems too crazy to win
03/21/11: Revere real journalism
03/14/11: Dems generous to a fault
03/07/11: Cut with a machete
03/02/11: $100,000,000,000 of waste is immoral
02/28/11: GOP 2012 hopefuls are getting in touch with their inner Cheesehead
02/14/11: Patriot Act needs diligence
06/15/10: Republican girl power
06/01/10: The petulant president
05/26/10: Party like it's 1994
04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours
04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus