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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 Oct. 9, 2009 / 21 Tishrei 5770

Even caffeine can't stimulate this recovery

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The stimulus plan isn't going well. I've had two cups of caffeine already and still nothing.


The recovery isn't much better. Used to be I could go out to a late movie and be fully alert the next day, but not now.


When I read the government had spent $9.5 million to update the website tracking the economic recovery, I decided to visit. I hoped recovery and stimulus were going better for them than it was for me.


The recovery map showed more than 20 pink, blue and green dots that were awarded stimulus money in our zip code.


Most of the recipients were given monies in the neighborhood of a half million dollars. It seems like a lot of money until you remember that you used to be able to get a candy bar for a dime. (I don't know what that has to do with anything; I'm just trying to make you feel better about a $787 billion package, which is a lot of candy bars at any price.)


My favorite dot on the map was a neighborhood Subway that snagged $591,000 in stimulus money — putting America back to work one 6-inch turkey on whole wheat at a time.


"We missed it," I told the husband.


"Missed what?"


"Our chance at recovery. I told you we should have jumped on the bandwagon."


"And I told you it was illegal."


When the first round of bailouts started, there was an on-line application form. All you had to do was declare your status as a legitimate financial institution. I suggested we file as the His & Hers No Trust Company.


"We are not a financial institution," the husband deadpanned.


"Well I wish you would have told that to the three colleges we just bankrolled on behalf of three kids."


I maintained we could compete with the best of the worst in the financial world. We had drained our assets, our financial records were in shambles and I was willing to accept an obscene bonus and travel to a California spa to reflect on the error of my ways.


"No deal," the husband droned.


"I'm not asking to play a game show," I said, "I want to play with taxpayers' money."


Though the husband nixed my dreams of bailout money long ago, hope springs eternal. I'm thinking there still might be some loose change for the taking in the stimulus package.


Furthermore, I qualify. I am a small business run by a woman (two points) and work in an energy inefficient space (our house).


With a sweeping expansion, new energy efficient windows, curlicue light bulbs, updated French doors, a new paint job and ergonomically friendly office furniture, I could be in complete compliance with the EPA.


"You do not qualify," the husband repeats.


Some people just don't hear opportunity when it knocks.


Know this: When they talk about slow recovery, they will be talking about me.


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