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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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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

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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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

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Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

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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

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April 8, 2014

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Jewish World Review Nov. 24, 2006 / 3 Kislev, 5767

A big lesson in unfair lawsuit

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | 'There's no such thing as a free lunch" was one of the favorite sayings of the brilliant and recently deceased economist Milton Friedman. Those moaning about a state court ruling on school funding should pick up a copy of his book by that title and learn its lessons.

The essence of Friedman's point is that somebody always pays. It may not be obvious who that somebody is, but that doesn't make the point any less true. Oh, and it's almost always you who pays in the long run, one way or another.

Instinctively we know that — that's why we demand our children learn the value of a dollar. It's why we have criminal laws against stealing and ethics rules against government officials taking gifts from those who want something in return.

All of which is to say that the Court of Appeals was wise and brave to rule that the state must give city schools about $2 billion instead of the nearly $5 billion advocates wanted. The ruling finally brings some sense to 13 years of litigation nonsense.

The lawsuit demanded Free Money. It argued that the court should ignore years of budgets negotiated by the Legislature and the governor and substitute a funding scheme that liberal advocates and one judge favored.

Never mind that those budgets reflected not only the needs of schools, but also of hospitals, police, highways, parks and thousands of other things that government does. Breaking schools out and funding them in a vacuum is not fair nor does it make any sense. And government must do everything with a fixed amount of money. The pie is divided - maybe not always equally or fairly, but we elect our representatives to make those decisions. We can unelect them if we don't like their choices.

The school funding lawsuit was an end-run around those democratic processes. That the courts bought into it and kept passing it forward shows what the term "activist judges" is all about. They usurp the power assigned to the legislative and executive branches. Because they are safe from voters, too many judges also think they are immune from the laws of economics. So they indulge themselves to order this and that, no matter what it costs.

But somebody always has to pay. And make no mistake — had $5 billion more been ordered for city schools, you and I would have had to dig deeper. The state already has among the highest tax burdens in the nation, but even more cash would have been needed. The state income tax would have been hiked and maybe the city's, too. With the state income tax getting more than 40% of its revenues from city residents, most of us would have had to pay twice. Even then, other services would have had to do with less.

And for what? The school operating budget has doubled in the past nine years — to nearly $16 billion. Teachers, including the hikes in the latest contract, will have won raises of 40% under Mayor Bloomberg. (When Bloomy said he was going to be a philanthropist, I thought he was going to use his own money).

Anybody notice students getting 40% better educated?

While money obviously can make a difference in facilities and the quality of some personnel, it is foolish to claim that all that ails our students can be cured with another boatload of cash. And it is equally foolish to claim that, since the court ordered less than the advocates and unions wanted, schools are doomed to failure.

Then again, some people still believe in a free lunch.

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