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 Feb. 25, 2013/ 15 Adar 5773

Spending Junkies and Their Shameless Scare-mongering

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In Friday's Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan compiled a nice list of "horrors" that will befall our nation, should the latest, never let a crisis go to waste "calamity" known as sequestration come to pass. "Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start," she writes. "Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won't be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier. Troop readiness will be disrupted, weapons programs slowed or stalled, civilian contractors stiffed, uniformed first responders cut back."

That's a remarkable list, and for the sake of argument, let's suppose it's all true. (Before you get started, anyone with a brain knows this manufactured hysteria is just that, but bear with me). If it is true, what occurs to me is that people are looking at this whole drama one hundred and eighty degrees out of phase.


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The total amount of spending cuts that will occur in FY2013 come to $85 billion. That's $85 billion out of approximately $3.5 trillion in irresponsible, deficit-driven, national debt-increasing spending that will take place over the same period. I say approximately because, once again, Senate Democrats have punted on crafting a budget, despite their legal requirement to do so.

So here's the thing: if a mere $85 billion in cuts, which is approximately 2.4 percent of a $3.5 trillion budget, can cause such "devastation," how is it that the federal government needs another $3.415 trillion to make ends meet?

Look at that list again, and remember that all of it supposedly costs $85 billion. Now multiply the number of job losses and cuts by a factor of ten. A couple of examples: instead of seven thousand layoffs of TSA workers, customs workers and air traffic controllers, make it seventy thousand. Make it seven million children dropped from head Start instead of 700,000. Now realize that, using the same Calamity Calculation Index cited by the Community-Organizer-in-Chief--and again, flipping it one hundred and eighty degrees out of phase--we could have ten times as much government employment, Head Start, troop readiness paid civilian contractors, etc.,etc. for $850 billion.

So why are we spending anywhere near $3.5 trillion?

I'll tell you why. Because we have a Marxist/socialist Democrat party supported by takers on both ends of the economic spectrum, from entitlement junkies to crony capitalist, no-resignations-necessary-for-the-TARP-bailout bankers, for whom the status quo is just peachy keen. At the top of this unholy alliance we have a president completely comfortable whacking middle class America because, despite four years on the job, he remains little more than the rabble-rousing shakedown artist that forms the essence of every community organizer.

That in and of itself is rather remarkable when you think about it. It takes an almost willful resistance not to grow into any job, much less the most important job in the nation, after experiencing it for four years.

And to reiterate, this is a president quite comfortable with whacking middle class Americans, who haven't quite figured out that "taxing the rich" is an elastic euphemism sitting atop the most slippery of slippery slopes. When the entire tax increase Obama extracted from the fiscal cliff deal gets completely eaten up by the Sandy relief effort/porkfest, it's pretty clear that the definition of "rich" will be sliding lower and lower down the pay scale. Ever-expanding government demands nothing less, all protestations to the contrary notwithstanding.

As for the ultimate in one hundred and eighty degrees out of phase thinking, it is critical for Americans to remember that these socialist utopians believe government comes first, and we get to keep whatever's left over. That's why these hacks can wax hysteric about "draconian" spending cuts that total $1.2 trillion over a decade, even as we've run more than $5 trillion of budget deficits over the last four years.

Ergo, the sky is falling. Ironically that's true, but for exactly the opposite reason than the one being promulgated Democrats and their media lackeys. Quite simply, government spending has reached unsustainable levels, maintained only by the grace of those still willing to lend us money. Yet even that reality is misunderstood. Ask a hundred people who finances the lion's share of America's debt and one hundred of them will say the Chinese do. Wrong answer. The right, and most frightening answer, is that seventy percent of the nation's debt is being underwritten by us. The Federal Reserve is printing money to buy American debt that nobody else wants. In the process it is destroying the currency, and encouraging the kind of commodity speculation that is driving up the cost of gas and food. In the process, America is engaged in one of the most despicable acts any society can perpetrate: we are literally robbing our children of a viable future in order to avoid any of the consequences of our current infatuation with unbridled irresponsibility.

Yet the "Forward! Folks" claim we can't cut 85 billion bucks without calamity. That's beyond shameful. It's apparently also beyond the comprehension of a majority of Americans for whom economic literacy will be an eternally elusive concept.

Until, amidst the wreckage of a once great nation, it isn't.

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