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 March 24, 2009/ 28 Adar 5769

The Unintended Successes of Big Government

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some folks worry that our government is getting too big. I worry that it won't get big enough.

Maybe I better explain.

The era of limited government is long gone in America — especially if the birds currently running the joint have their way.

I figure if we can't beat them, we may as well join them.

Sure, I'm aware of the law of unintended consequences — that government programs frequently achieve the opposite of their stated intent.

Take poverty. LBJ unleashed a flurry of government programs to eliminate it. The way he went about it, though, encouraged more people to be dependent — and poor.

Take ethanol. It is an alcohol made, mostly, from corn. Corn used to be bountiful and cheap — until the government began subsidizing ethanol, which perverted the corn market, which caused food costs to soar, which caused riots in the poorer parts of the world.

Take the housing bubble. The government decided people without good credit or steady incomes should have mortgages, too. Congress made Fannie and Freddie, quasi-government organizations, buy the risky loans these folks took out.

Such government meddling perverted the marketplace. The twits on Wall Street exploited the perverted incentives for short-term gain — until the bubble burst and the economy exploded, and now, all of us are in a world of hurt.

I'm fully aware of the damage big government can do — fully aware of the unintended consequences of big-government programs. Which is how I arrived at a master strategy to make big government work for us.

It would appear that President Obama and his team aren't fully sure how to unfreeze the credit markets. I offer a perfect big-government solution:

Obama needs to establish a new presidential task force whose mission is to further freeze credit markets. We'll give the group a $1 trillion budget to spend any way it sees fit to reduce economic output, increase unemployment, cause more bankruptcies and so on.

I'm confident the markets will thaw and the economy will boom inside of six months.

Once we get our first "unintended success" under our belts, we can begin picking off the other challenges our country faces, such as global warming.

Now I know the debate is not settled on whether man is causing the Earth to warm, but I have a novel idea to reduce the use of fossil fuels, anyhow: appoint Rep. Barney Frank to lead another government panel whose task is to dramatically increase the output of CO2.

Surely Frank will be as effective at that task as he was at protecting Fannie and Freddie, which he made buy the risky loans that turbocharged the rickety housing bubble.

I'm confident America will see a bigger reduction in CO2 emissions than we saw, as our plants were shuttered, during the other Depression.

By this point, Americans will start believing in big government again. That will give us a chance to finally attack poverty the right way.

We can appoint Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to head a new agency whose task is to grow poverty and create dependency. We won't mind spending another $1 trillion, though, because Pelosi will cause welfare rolls to drop faster than my 401(k).

That success will really bolster the spirit of the American people. Americans will be eager for big government to tackle a host of other matters.

Health costs soaring? We'll appoint a government task force to drive them up further.

Too many people in jail? We'll appoint a government task force to encourage theft, drug use and violent crime.

Too many out-of-wedlock births? We'll appoint another government task force to double the number.

As our successes mount, there will be no problem our big government solutions cannot fix.

All we need is a leader who is courageous enough to do what is really needed — a leader who believes in big government and is willing to spend like no president has ever spent before him.

I think we finally found our guy.

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