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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 May 1, 2006 / 3 Iyar, 5766

Bush drills a dry well

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | JWR columnist Tony Blankley is upset with President Bush for joining Democrats in demagoguery over gasoline prices.

"One of the things that always made me feel good in the morning was waking up and realizing I did not belong to the same political party as [New York Democratic Sen.] Chuck Schumer. It made me feel clean — even before I took a shower," he wrote. "But now, with my Republican president pulling a 'full Schumer,' even a series of showers will not help."

Mr. Blankley was decrying Mr. Bush's order to investigate whether oil companies are gouging consumers.

The president took the step Tuesday after being urged to do so by Republicowards Bill Frist, the soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader, and Dennis Hastert, the soon-to-be ex-Speaker of the House.

I have nothing kind to say about oil company executives. The $400 million retirement package ExxonMobil is giving retiring CEO Lee Raymond is the sort of thing that makes ordinary Americans suspect they're being ripped off.

But President Bush knows full well price manipulation by American corporations has little or nothing to do with the steady rise of, and the recent spike in, gasoline prices. The average profit margin of the oil industry is much less than that of many media organizations whose editorialists decry oil's "excess profits."

Oil prices are rising because world wide demand is soaring, and production has leveled off. Consumption in China and India has nearly doubled from 10 years ago, and our own consumption has increased substantially.

The recent spike in oil prices is due mostly to civil unrest in oil producing countries. Production in Nigeria is down more than 10 percent this year, thanks to civil war. Violence in Iraq has kept production there below prewar levels. The policies of Castro wannabe Hugo Chavez are hampering Venezuela's oil industry. Nuclear saber rattling by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has cast doubt on the reliability of supplies from there.

Only three things can make the price of oil drop a lot, for a sustained period of time: Discovery of vast new quantities of petroleum; a massive shift to alternative fuels, or a worldwide depression.

Since production is declining in 33 of the 48 largest producers, the first isn't likely.

But it is possible. In both the oil shale of Colorado and Utah, and in the tar sands of northern Alberta, there are oil reserves that exceed those of Saudi Arabia.

Development of these resources has been retarded partly by price (at $72 a barrel, this is no longer an issue), mostly by environmental restrictions.

Royal Dutch Shell has developed a process for "in situ" mining (the shale is heated in place, and the oil leaches to the surface) that avoids the environmental degradation of older processes, and also reduces the cost. All that's standing in the way of a boom that would make Colorado the Spindletop of the 21st century are the politicians and environmental lawyers.

It would be nice if there were a safe, effective, inexpensive alternative fuel for our automobiles. But for the time being, that remains pie in the sky.

We could reduce the cost of gasoline if we used less oil to heat our homes and offices, and to generate electricity. Nuclear power could do this, as could expanded use of clean-burning coal. It is politics, not economics or science, that has been the barrier to more extensive use of these fuels.

In the short term, the blow to consumers can be eased by suspending the federal gasoline tax — currently 18.4 cents a gallon — for the summer.

In the long run, the only way to have lower gasoline prices and a healthy economy is to increase supply. But since 2001, Democrats have opposed every measure to increase supply, most notably by blocking drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve in Alaska, though the area affected is the equivalent of a bath towel on a tennis court.

In the rare instances when they venture beyond calling President Bush names to making actual policy recommendations, Democrats call for price controls, and conservation. We tried this when Jimmy Carter was president. The result was soaring inflation and unemployment, and long gas lines.

"There is no silver bullet to solving this side of the equation," said Rep. Richard Pombo of California, a Republican who gets it. "But a billion barrels here, a billion barrels there, and pretty soon we're talking about real energy."

President Bush should be listening to Rep. Pombo, not to Sen. Frist and Rep. Hastert.

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