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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

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 June 21, 2007 / 5 Tamuz 5767

Bloomberg lauds honesty, but finds it hard to be truthful

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barnstorming his way through California, Mayor Bloomberg has been thumping politicians like a preacher on a mission. Monday morning near San Francisco he declared that America is "really in trouble" and by nightfall in Los Angeles he was bemoaning a government "hooked on partisanship."


"It's become a contest to one-up the other side and to score points for the next election," the mayor said in L.A. "Decisions in D.C. these days are more political and less issue-based than ever before, and the consequences have been disastrous. When you go to Washington now, you can feel a sense of fear in the air - the fear to do anything, or say anything, that might affect the polls, or give the other side an advantage, or offend a special interest."


It was a very good speech, full of undeniable truths about our polarized and paralyzed nation and our failure to solve big problems. The Los Angeles event was a conference called "Ceasefire," aimed at bridging the political divide, so the crowd was primed for Bloomy and his new best friend, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.


The subject of party gridlock is dear to Bloomberg, who tried to establish nonpartisan elections in New York. It's also key to the image he has built as the nonpolitician mayor.


The truth of that image, however, is not as complete as the mayor claims. Exhibit A: He could practice what he preaches by being candid about his own intentions. He repeatedly tells the public he has no intention of running for President, yet he tells his friends at Manhattan dinner parties he wants to run and is willing to spend a $1 billion of his own money to campaign as an independent. His team is laying the groundwork and learning how to get on the ballot in most states.


How typically political to say one thing in private and something different in public.


Exhibit B has to do with another gap between the mayor's idealism and practice. "Ending Washington paralysis means bridging divides, but that does not mean just splitting differences," he said. "That's a common political copout. Public policy is not a zero sum game - and it doesn't always have to be a partisan tug-of-war."


Good idea, and obviously true. Yet the mayor is essentially a high tax-and-spend Democrat whose liberal policies are helping to squeeze the middle class out of the city. Although nominally a Republican until last week, when he changed his registration to "undeclared," there has been no Republican or conservative in the top ranks of his government. His definitions of merit are not universal. The ideas he calls "outside the box" all fall left of the box.


Take his newest one - paying the poor to do the everyday tasks of life. Giving some students $3,000 for passing Regents tests might make sense if every student in every school was equally poor and failing. But that's not the real world of city schools, and rewarding some students for something all are required to do is a form of reverse discrimination that stigmatizes the poor. It says they can't do the work without an extra incentive. What about the kids sitting next to them who aren't poor? Maybe they should fail the test the first time in hopes they'll get paid to pass it.


And for Bloomberg to cite Mexico's success with a similar program is almost laughable: If Mexico is doing such a great job taking care of its poor, why do so many of them come here illegally for low-paying work?


Near the end of his speech, Bloomberg said, "Nonpartisan leadership also requires good, old-fashioned honesty and common sense."


Agreed. So let's have it.

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