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 Oct. 10, 2013/ 6 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Compromise with Republicans, don't demonize them

By Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You know why Republican conservatives really want to defund ObamaCare?

"Everyone knows why," wrote Salon's editor Joan Walsh last week as brinksmanship over the health-care law triggered the federal shutdown.

Well, I thought I knew why. I thought GOP opposition reflected a conviction that ObamaCare was bad law, that it would drive up the cost of health coverage while diminishing quality of care, and that its heavy-handed mandates would leave Americans with less freedom and choice. I assumed Republicans wanted to spare the country from what even leading Democrats have warned will be a "huge train wreck." And I was pretty sure they believed that standing athwart a law most Americans have consistently opposed was not only sound in principle but sound politically. After all, the Democrats' insistence on steamrolling ObamaCare into law without bipartisan support in 2010 had provoked an electoral "shellacking" that cost them 63 seats in the House, handing Republicans their largest congressional majority in two generations.

"I said this before. I'm going to repeat it. There will be no negotiations over this" — President Obama on the budget standoff, speaking last week in Rockville, Md.

But according to Walsh, I had it all wrong. The "real story of the shutdown," she argued, is that the Tea Party's "riled-up racists" want to "torpedo Obamacare, the signature program of our first black president."

Outside the fever swamps of the left it may be hard to imagine any serious person taking such ludicrous analysis at face value. But this is what passes for wisdom in the liberal echo chamber, along with such by-now familiar smears of Republicans and conservatives as terrorists, anarchists, vandals, and hostage-takers. Democratic loyalists in the mainstream media augment the rancor, promoting the view that Republicans alone are responsible for the confrontation. They applaud President Obama's blanket refusal to negotiate under the shadow of a government shutdown or a looming federal debt ceiling. In so doing, they reinforce the worst instincts of an administration that always seems willing to demonize Republicans and attribute their motives to sheer malice.

"We are not for negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest," said senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer as the government shutdown approached. "It's not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say give me everything inside or I'm going to burn it down."

That kind of talk may be good for partisan morale, but is blind refusal to negotiate going to get Democrats what they want? It's possible, I suppose, that House Republicans will utterly cave under the pressure, agreeing to fully fund ObamaCare and raise the debt ceiling unconditionally. I can't say for sure that the president's hard line won't prove a winning strategy. But if history is any guide, the Democrats will compromise, however much they insist they won't.

And history there is. As Dylan Matthews documents in his Washington Post blog, there have been 17 other federal government shutdowns since 1976, the year the modern congressional budget process took effect. Most of the shutdowns lasted no more than three days, but nearly half dragged on for a week or longer. Shutdowns occurred under Republican and Democratic presidents (George W. Bush was the only modern president not to preside over a shutdown), and 15 of them took place when Democrats controlled the House of Representatives — usually under Speaker Tip O'Neill.

The earlier standoffs were fought over a variety of emotional issues, including abortion, the MX missile, and aid to the Nicaraguan contras. But most ended with a negotiated deal. In a government constructed of co-equal branches, and under a constitutional design that assigns autonomy to each house of Congress, that's the way standoffs are expected to end.

In 2006, the federal debt ceiling was raised to $8.96 trillion. But then-Senator Barack Obama voted no, calling the increase "a sign of leadership failure." The debt limit now is $16.39 trillion.

Much the same is true of increases in the federal debt ceiling.

Of the 53 increases in the debt limit passed by Congress since 1978, fewer than half were enacted with no strings attached. Under Democratic and Republican presidents, and under House and Senate majorities of either party, debt-limit negotiations, deals, and conditions have been common. It's fatuous to argue that, because the consequences of a federal default could be so serious, this is no time to be demanding concessions. What better bargaining chip could there be? What better opportunity for members of Congress to drive home the dangers of fiscal indiscipline?

"America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership," then-Senator Obama said in 2006, explaining his vote not to raise the debt limit. "Americans deserve better."

He was right. Americans did deserve better. They still do.

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