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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Feb. 2, 2005 / 23 Shevat, 5765


By Ed Koch

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Events have proven that President Bush was right in his ongoing support of the January 30 elections in Iraq.

Against strong opposition from his critics, the president had and has faith in the willingness of Iraq's people to confound and confront the insurrectionists. The Iraqi people who voted this week deserve enormous credit for exercising their precious right to vote, notwithstanding the enormous physical danger they faced in simply going to the polls. In fact, there were 9 suicide bombers, 44 deaths and 100 wounded during the voting.

Now I hope the president announces that we will begin withdrawing on May 1 and be out of Iraq by August 31, leaving the Iraqi army and police to protect the state and its people. If we are asked to join a multinational force made up of all the members of the Security Council and the nations in the region, with them providing a majority of the boots on the ground and willing to share and bear the monies expended to date by the U.S. and Britain, as well as future costs incurred in the liberation of Iraq, we should then consider remaining for as long as the Iraqi government asks us to or we determine necessary to provide a permanent peaceful climate, whichever is the earlier exit date. The Iraqi military personnel, having seen the courage of their civilian fellow citizens, men and women at the polls, will hopefully rise to the occasion and protect their own country from those seeking to disrupt and terrorize the government and the people. President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice should deliver that message during their upcoming trips to Europe and the Mideast.

The administration's effort to frighten the American public with respect to Social Security going "bankrupt" in 2042 will not succeed. If nothing is done to address the current financial situation which would mean insufficient Social Security revenues to pay beneficiaries, by 2042 continued payments would require a cut of 20 percent if the Social Security fund were to remain balanced. That is not "bankruptcy" and can be avoided by the U.S. Treasury making up the difference by honoring the legal commitment made by the U.S. government that it would redeem the Social Security surpluses invested in U.S. Treasury Bonds over many years. Far better for the country than increasing our national deficit by borrowing to repay those Social Security investments — they having been spent in the annual U.S. budgets to pay for other services — would be exercising a combination of options, including a reduction in benefits, increases in employees' salaries and employers' contributions subject to Social Security taxes (now capped at $90,000) and changes in age qualifications for beneficiaries.

The president's attempt to convince the public that providing the opportunity for individual investment accounts is a red herring, having absolutely nothing to do with stabilizing Social Security for the beneficiaries. It is an effort to deliver brokerage commissions that will provide Wall Street an annual bonanza of billions of dollars. Republican members of Congress know they will be in great danger of defeat in the next election if they support the President on this issue, and they won't in very large numbers do so. Democrats, on the other hand, know if they stick together on this issue and convey the facts to the public, and the President stays with his current position, they will take back both Houses of Congress in 2006.

Another great shame is the tax giveaways to the giant corporations having derived profits offshore which they do not repatriate to avoid taxes. The Congress passed legislation allowing corporations to bring those profits back to the U.S., this year, and instead of paying the regular corporate tax of 35 percent, to pay instead 5.25 percent, a loss to the U.S. Treasury of billions, providing a huge windfall in the billions for these bloodsuckers. That law was passed with the support of 207 Republicans and 73 Democrats.

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One of the great challenges for every level of government is assisting the integration of immigrants into the U.S. In the last ten years, immigrants have poured into New York City. The number of all immigrants in the city with limited or no English speaking ability is estimated to be at least 1.5 million. Immigrants are vital to New York City's economy and growth. One limitation on an individual's personal growth is the inability to speak English. The city's existing programs annually provide English instruction for 35,000. I believe the city should begin a program using movie and legitimate theaters, including Lincoln Center facilities, every weekday and weekend morning when they are empty to teach English using master teachers capable of instructing large audiences, either live or on video, so that no one seeking instruction would have to wait for an available class.

Currently signed up for instruction with no seats available are 10,000 to 15,000 applicants. More than a million others should be encouraged to apply. I believe theater owners and Hollywood would be proud to provide facilities pro-bono and financial support as well to accommodate adult New Yorkers who want to learn English. I suggest the new program costs would be at the minimum, consisting primarily of the salaries for master teachers and TV broadcasting expenses. The payoff to the city in an upgraded potential labor force would be enormous. The pleasure, increase in income, and sense of self worth for the immigrants and their families would be indescribable and inestimable.

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