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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

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 21, 2011 / 15 Adar II, 5771

The Duke of Wisconsin: Dems might find themselves on the wrong side of Waterloo

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The day after Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill sharply limiting collective bargaining for public employee unions in Wisconsin, there was a massive protest. Capitol police estimated the crowd at 50,000. The Madison police department put it at 85,000.

"Gov. Walker's overreaching has brought us to this moment to talk about jobs," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "This is the debate we wanted to have. … In your lifetime, have you ever seen this much solidarity, this much excitement, this much activism?"

Wisconsin is shaping up to be the Republicans' Waterloo, said E.D. Kain, a liberal who blogs at Forbes magazine, referring to the famous battle in which Napoleon was defeated by the Duke of Wellington.

Democrats have filed recall petitions against eight GOP state senators. Millions of dollars are being poured into the effort. Republicans have filed recall petitions against eight of the 14 Democratic state senators who fled the state to try to prevent a vote.

If Democrats can recall three GOP senators, they'll take control of the state Senate. They have 60 days to gather in each district signatures equivalent to 25 percent of those who voted for governor last November.

Most recall efforts fail to meet that threshhold.

Scholars "could cite only three times in American history when more than one state legislator has been recalled at roughly the same time over the same issue: two in Idaho in 1971 over a pay raise; two in Michigan in 1983 over a tax vote, and two Republicans in California months apart in 1995 over their collaboration with Democrats," said the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Democrats think they can make recall history because the base is so fired up, and because polls indicate a substantial majority opposes restrictions on collective bargaining.

But Democrats and labor may be overly optimistic. Their base is energized, but so is the Republican base. There are twice as many conservatives as there are liberals in the state, according to Gallup.

A Rasmussen poll March 8 indicated likely voters in Wisconsin opposed weakening collective bargaining rights, 57 percent to 39 percent. But the same poll showed support for Mr. Walker on specific provisions. For instance, only 19 percent think school districts should be required to buy health insurance from a union-owned company.

This suggests the more voters learn about the issues in controversy, the less they support the unions. A Gallup poll Feb. 22 showed 61 percent opposed weakening collective bargaining for public employee unions. But in a Gallup poll March 9, Americans supported, 49 percent to 45 percent, "changing state laws to limit the bargaining power of state employee unions," although the question was worded a bit differently.

Protesters predicted apocalyptic consequences if the budget repair bill were passed. Recall elections won't be held before June. If the sky hasn't fallen by then, steam could be drained from the recall effort.

Even if Democrats gain a majority in the state Senate, it wouldn't avail them much. Republicans would still control the Assembly. And Scott Walker would still be governor. But Democrats must do what they can to punish GOP lawmakers for their vote, lest what happened in Wisconsin spreads to other states.

Public employee unions are doomed, thinks a college professor in New Jersey who supports them.

"The surest way to ensure the survival of any program is to spread the benefits of it as widely as possible -- give everyone a reason to fight for its continuance -- but hide the costs by either concentrating them on a small but unsympathetic group (maybe trial lawyers), or by tacking them onto a cost that is already tolerated (like sales taxes)," Thurman Hart wrote on the website of the Newark Star Ledger.

"The fastest way to kill a program of any kind is to concentrate the benefits but to make everyone pay for them. There is no reason for 90 percent to rally for benefits that accrue to only 10 percent of the work force when they themselves are cut out of those benefits," Mr. Hart said.

"The primary purpose of public unions today, as ugly as it sounds, is to work against the financial interest of taxpayers," said Mark McKinnon, a self-described "centrist" who's worked for both parties.

Taxpayers are catching on. In Miami Tuesday, 88 percent voted to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez because he raised taxes and then gave public employees a big raise.

So if Wisconsin does turn out to be the Republicans' Waterloo, it may be because Gov. Walker is Wellington.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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