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 Nov. 13, 2006 / 22 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

The silver lining

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | That's it. I'm moving to Australia.


Yep. If liberals move to Canada when Democrats get creamed by Republicans, then I'm moving to Australia.

Relax. What happened Tuesday could produce some good.

Good! What can be good about Democrats taking control of the House and the Senate?

Because Republicans, as a whole, deserved to lose. It's simple. They promised smaller government and less spending in 1994, yet they doubled the size of government in only 12 years.

You got me with that one.

Poll results featured in James Taranto's "Best of the Web" tell the story. The poll was conducted in 12 swing districts that were held by Republican congressmen. You sure you can handle the results?

Break it to me slowly.

Forty-two percent of voters said Democrats would cut taxes for the middle class. Only 29 percent said Republicans would.

You're joking!

Forty-seven percent said Democrats would be better at cutting the deficit vs. 22 percent who said Republicans would.

I'm feeling ill.

Thirty-eight percent said Democrats would keep government spending under control vs. 21 percent who said Republicans would.

How the heck could big-government, tax-and-spend Democrats ever attain a reputation for fiscal responsibility?

Because the cut-taxes-and-spend Republicans were even worse.

What are Republicans going to do now?

It's long been time to get back to the basics: ideas. When America is at its best, elections are not about Republican vs. Democrat. They are about good ideas and principles vs. bad ones.

Your point?

Good ideas aren't the province of any one party. The Democrats have had their share of good ones over the years — civil rights was certainly one. In my humble opinion, the more effective ideas at the moment are within the Republican Party — low taxes, welfare reform, strong national defense, health-care reform. They have to articulate them.

But if ideas are so important, how did so many Democrats win without saying what theirs were?

That tells you how disgusted people were with Republicans. Democrats didn't have to win. They just had to sit back and let Republicans get creamed.

But what the heck are Democrats going to do?

Hey, maybe we'll be surprised. There are too many things at stake for America and the world. Let's hope politicians from both sides step up as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans.

You're more hopeful than I am. What about those on the fringe left who are frothing at the mouth?

There are those. In this great country, most every sentiment, right or wrong, good or bad, finds its home in one party or the other. The Republicans have their own kooks to deal with, but the Democrats' fringe wing has been growing in strength and, via the Internet, has raised a lot of dough. But let's be hopeful.

I'm trying here, buddy.

Look, Republicans squandered 30 years of work by many people who dramatically changed the political and economic landscape for the better. Did Ronald Reagan fell communism through strength or did he not? Did Reagan's overhaul of our tax system lead to the unimaginable wealth over the last 24 years or did it not? Ideas matter. Let's hope this loss forces them to re-embrace good ideas.

If you say so.

In the meantime, now Democrats will control the flow of ideas — the flow of bills coming out of Congress. They hold the floor and they get to see how the country responds. They are responsible now. They will have to engage now. Perhaps we'll be surprised by some of the results. Now, you're not still planning to flee to Australia, I hope.

No, mate. I'll stick around and debate ideas. But something tells me I'll be needing more than one Australian lager.

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