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

Slipping into an Envy-ocracy

By Ron Hart

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This whole Occupy Wall Street deal might be parents encouraging their deadbeat 24-year-old kids to get out of the basement so they can change the locks. Once they get rid of the smell of weed, they rent it out. While incapable of algebra or employment, these kids can calculate the number of grams in an ounce faster than Albert Einstein.

It looks like the Occupy Wall Street protest could last well into Halloween. I bet the kids sit around in their tents and tell spooky stories about how the top 5% of earners only pay only 59% of all federal taxes.

They are against bank bail-outs of any kind; on that we agree. I am against even bailing out Tyra Banks. Their anger is misplaced and na´ve, yet they are backed by the Democrats who bailed out the banks but who somehow have turned this into an Astroturf campaign movement. It is not like these kids do not know their stuff; they were at prom just a few years ago.

Many are burdened with student loans and no jobs. Low-quality education has too many kids taking out unrealistic student loans (Americans now owe more in student loans, $1trillion, than in credit card debt), to waste on four years of drunken partying and debauchery or, worse, a degree in Women's Studies.

"Occupiers" rail against businesses financed with junk bonds, but they have received a junk education financed with government bonds. At least junk bonds yield a lot and finance jobs. The next bubble to burst is this inadequate, costly education (the cost of which has escalated at more than twice the rate of inflation and which has no quality controls), financed with outrageous, government-backed student loans.

Since schools do not seem to teach facts much anymore, preferring to indoctrinate their students, the result is that many of these kids are not hirable. They are shielded from reality by being taught envy-based courses which conclude that if anyone works for something, it is their lawful right to try to take it.

Like any group of people fortified with the perpetual excuse that they have been "wronged," they can blissfully spend their lives as wards of the statists. It has been a human proclivity since Biblical times. Later, "envy" was promoted to one of the Seven Deadly Sins - but adultery was not -- in a movement sponsored, if memory serves, by Bill Clinton.

This indoctrination is creating what I call an incompetent "envy--ocracy": a degenerative derivation of democracy wherein the least capable of producing are governed by the least competent to lead. If the ineffective put you into office, it is an article of faith that you will confiscate money from the dwindling number of productive, hard-working people and redirect it to the lay-abouts. We know them as modern day Democrats. They are personified by the Occupy Wall Street crowd who want their student loans forgiven and for politicians to take from the productive and redistribute to the least productive, thus taking our country from meritocracy to mediocrity.

The covetous classes taught in colleges and before set the stage for a lifetime of wanton envy. In fact, the blame game starts early if parents allow it. Teachers are even using dolls in first grade classrooms to help the kids point to the spot where Republicans touched the economy and ruined it.

What makes this work is the belief those who succeed must have done so by stealing. This explains the Occupy Wall Street crowd and the Democrats' campaign strategy. If you think this is not true, why are they not protesting about Obama escalating the wars he promised to end?

Two things are sure in this world. The earth rotates around the sun, and kids will take the easy way out if you let them. And I am not so sure about the earth rotating around the sun thing. An educational system that does not teach simple economics and self-reliance, but instead focuses on resentment and envy, will eventually tear our country apart.

The best thing we can do for our kids is to instill in them a work ethic, not a sense of entitlement, and then let the chips fall where they may. Since kids are a perpetual personification of their parenting, we all should do our best. Our nation's future depends on it.



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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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