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 Oct 18, 2011 / 20 Tishrei, 5772

Craigslist Capitalism

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | All anybody needs to know about economics is alive and well on Craigslist.

An Internet version of the bargain sheets printed in most every town, Craigslist brings together bargain-hunters and people hoping to sell their stuff for as much as possible.

I've been browsing Craigslist a lot lately for bargains on construction materials, furniture and other household goods for a house I've been renovating.

Boy, is it a ripe source of entertainment.

See, commerce and trading are what humans do -- the basis of wealth creation and civilization.

Somebody with something to sell is eager to find somebody willing to buy. The seller and buyer work out a price, make an exchange and everybody is happy.

A certain purity and honesty arises from most of these transactions that cannot be escaped.

Something is worth only what somebody is willing to pay for it. And as millions of transactions take place daily -- and sellers try to fetch as much as possible while buyers try to spend as little as possible -- a natural market price evolves.

Consider: I've been casually looking for a nice, used leather couch for a furnished condo that I rent out.

Well, some people think that the leather couch they paid $1,700 for new, two years ago, can still fetch $1,500 now.

They're fooling themselves.

The unfortunate truth is that their couch is worth only what somebody else is willing to pay for it. And nobody's willing to pay anything near $1,500, because other people are selling similar couches for far less.

See, other people may be moving, or maybe just got divorced. Or maybe they're rich and got a new living room set. Whatever the motive, some people just want to unload their couches.

And their actions cause prices in the whole used leather couch market to go way down -- which is why that 2-year-old $1,700 couch is probably worth about $200.

Those are the breaks, as the saying goes, in reality.

The upside is that reality in the marketplace provides stability. People become confident that when they buy something, they're getting fair value. Such confidence is the mother's milk of robust commerce.

America used to work this way, pretty much.

Didn't we become astronomically wealthy and powerful in a very short time because individuals mined, harvested, invented and built lots of things others wanted to buy?

We innovated faster, better cheaper ways to make things. We produced massive gains in efficiency and productivity.

Sure, there were always some bad apples, and government regulations have their place, but our massive growth occurred because of limited government meddling.

Well, now there is a sense among bargain-hunters, used-couch sellers and other average Joes that the fix is in -- that the federal government is picking losers and winners rather than letting the honesty of the marketplace reward good products and services as it roots out bad ones.

Millions in government stimulus money was lent to politically favored "green" technology companies. Several are going bust and we taxpayers are stuck with the bill.

Meanwhile, average Joes are unable to get loans to buy homes or start businesses because of stringent new finance-industry regulations -- which do nothing to bailed-out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose fingerprints are all over our housing collapse.

If we want real economic recovery, we have to take the "crony" out of capitalism and get back to the simple, honest commerce evident at Craigslist every day.

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