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December 2, 2014

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 December 12, 2013/ 9 Teves, 5774

How We Really Feel About Economic Inequality

By Froma Harrop



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Americans don't care much about rising economic inequality, recent surveys suggest. But that's not quite right.

The public may know that the top 10 percent pulled in about half of pretax income in 2012 — and that income inequality is the widest it's been since right before the Great Depression. Its brain understands that these trends are not good for the society.

But Americans express far less concern about the U.S. income gap than do the French, Brits and Germans about theirs. Meanwhile, the ratio between the other countries' top 20 percent and bottom 20 percent is a fraction of ours. How do we explain these findings from a Pew Research Center study?

The numbers are probably solid, but the interpretation of them is tricky. It's not that most Americans regard growing income disparities as a non-problem. It's that they are more concerned about the "why" of them than the fact of them.

Ours is a work culture. We respect work. The emphasis on time devoted to the job may come with a price — a less full personal and family life — but it is good for the economy.

Americans look down on those deemed outside the work culture. And most such people are poor. The problem is seen as a broken work ethic rather than a frayed safety net or shifting economy.

One need not be a conservative to regard many in this group as lazy, preferring to milk various government programs (or relatives) rather than work a job. Some economists describe them in less judgmental ways — as unable to respond to the economic incentives that drive the rest of us.

Whatever. Our perpetually unemployed population is growing as many able-bodied, willing-to-work people find themselves without salable skills. Often demoralized by the low pay, some stop trying and drift into the world of non-work.



But when struggling workers do get jobs, the American public stands behind them, and incomes become an issue. Exhibit A is the broad support for raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, from the current $7.25.

Not surprisingly, 91 percent of Democrats are in favor, according to a Gallup poll. But more than half of Republicans surveyed, 58 percent, also back it, as do 76 percent of independents.

Of course, an actual hike in the minimum wage requires a vote of Congress, where fast-food outlets and other payers of low wages have considerable clout. In March, the Republican-controlled House voted against a bill that would have raised the minimum to $10.10 by 2015.

It's true that one cannot set the minimum wage at an unrealistically high level without loss of jobs or replacement of many workers with machines. But modest increases seem to have little effect on employment. It also helps to know that the minimum wage in 1968 was $10.77 in today's dollars. Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage is now 33 percent lower than it was back then.

When speaking in vague terms about social programs, Americans and Danes reflect famously different views. But they're on the same page when it comes to aiding those who try, according to a study by two professors at Aarhus University in Denmark.

They presented this scenario: "Imagine a man who is currently on social welfare. He has always had a regular job, but has now been the victim of a work-related injury. He is very motivated to get back to work again."

There was virtually no daylight between Danes and Americans in describing the man as "unlucky" and deserving of help rather than "lazy."

Do Americans care about economic inequality? They do, but with asterisks attached.

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Previously:


12/10/13 About That Biden 'Gaffe' in Tokyo

12/05/13 Consumer Finance Needs Better Morals

12/03/13 Will Americans Pay for American-Made?

11/28/13 Data Debris and the Time of Our Lives

11/21/13 'Wild Turkey on the Rocks?'

11/12/13 Wheels of Misfortune

10/31/13 The Problem With Twitter

10/24/13 Scandal in Candyland

10/17/13 Fashion Can't Be Tech's New Big Thing

10/15/13 The Generations Rock On

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