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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Nov. 14, 2008 / 16 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

A cream puff for used-car salesmen

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Democrats are having a hard time selling the bailout of General Motors because nearly everyone has suffered the agony of buying a car. That's how the "used-car salesman," fair or not, became the American icon of deception, fraud and thievery.

Maybe it's true that GM is "too big to fail," though from all the available evidence GM is succeeding spectacularly at failure. What the pols and their lobbyist buddies really mean with their used-car salesman's spiel is that GM is "too big for Joe Sixpack to let fail."

Nevertheless, who among us is not enjoying a little schadenfreude, that delicious pleasure of watching someone get what's coming to him. GM has led Detroit in building junk on wheels, big hunks of rolling tin designed on the cheap to wear out before it's paid for. Once in a while, frightened by gasoline shortages and diminishing sales, the Detroit manufacturers move briefly to building smaller, more efficient cars of better quality.

But once panic subsides that market is left once more to the Japanese, the Germans and now the Koreans, and it's back to building the behemoths. GM has what it calls a terrific semi-electric car in the works, the Volt, but it won't be available until next year, or the year after, and probably never. GM is developing the Volt only because it will enable them to meet the government-imposed "fleet mileage standards." Since the Volt will get 100 miles per gallon, GM can use it to shrink the average and continue to build the gasoline-guzzling SUV, the gross and ugly Belchfire 8 of Detroit dreams.

Who would want to help these guys? Ah, but Congress is crowded with them.

Two of them, alas, are Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader who dreams of turning the economy into a vast casino where any number can play and everyone is fleeced just like in Las Vegas, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, the city of a thousand lavender fantasies. They have devised a scheme to hand over $25 billion to the Big Three automakers. They're daring George W. Bush to veto it. "If they're serious about supporting the auto industry," says Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, smugly, "[he] wouldn't veto it."

The legislation is just the kind that liberals love, dispensing cash with few strings to reward incompetence and corruption. Just take the money and run, and come back for more if it's not enough. The law limits the pay and bonuses for the men and women who piloted the company into the side of the mountain, but includes no provisions for the Treasury Department, which would hand out the cash, to monitor how GM spends it.

Rep. Barney Frank, the prince of peccadillos who wrote the cooked book (with a little help from his Democratic friends) on bringing down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is the author of the sins and outrages that sparked the subprime housing crisis that ignited the meltdown of the economy. Now he argues that letting GM or Ford or Chrysler fail would be "pretty troublesome." But when Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama, a Republican, asked Chairman Frank of the House Financial Services Committee where the government bailout of incompetents and failures stops, he had no ready answer.

But even $25 billion won't be enough. Bloomberg, the financial news service, reports that Barack Obama is pushing Congress to hand over twice that, and he wants a federal czar to take charge of the companies, which would require the connivance of President Bush. Otherwise, say the president-elect's wise men, the new president would just have to deal with GM's dilemma next summer - by giving them still more money - as what would then be called "the Obama recession" deepens.

Handing out money is habit-forming, and there's never a lack of "clients." The City Council in Detroit (or "Detoilet," as hometown wags are calling it) adopted a resolution this week asking the governor, the Michigan congressional delegation, Mr. Bush and the Obama transition team for $10 billion to pay for more buses and streetcars, home mortgages and even to hire more municipal bureaucrats. The council president, no doubt reading the newspapers, said "the city of Detroit has got to be leading the way on this."

The grubby hands reaching for a handout multiply. One London research firm estimates that the U.S. government has now committed itself for $5 trillion (that's a "t," not a "b") so far. The original $700 billion bailout is TARP, for Troubled Asset Recovery Program. We should call the handout frenzy the Capital Assets Recovery Program. CRAP, for short.

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