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December 2, 2014

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 20, 2014 / 18 Adar II, 5774

The desperate need for liberal compassion

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Rep. Paul Ryan recently said the wrong kind of welfare can breed dependency, and liberals are beating up on him but good. They are saying that he is once again showing how conservatives do not care about the poor when in fact liberals are the ones who continuously assault them. They repeatedly practice cruelty in their politics, as many so obviously did with Aid to Families with Dependent Children.

This major federal welfare program was a mess, encouraging family dissolution as one way of devastating the disadvantaged, but a slew of liberals were up in arms when Democratic President Bill Clinton joined with a Republican Congress in 1996 to reform it, adding work requirements among other changes.

Two members of the administration resigned as other liberals joined in arguing ferociously that the reform would throw a million children into poverty. Instead, as scholars of the subject observe, millions of children were lifted out of poverty along with poor single mothers who got jobs in record numbers and still received other subsidies as needed.

Leftist commentators are getting everything wrong about Ryan, pathetically calling him a racist because of a reference to the inner city and almost making it sound in some nearly dishonest diatribes as if he is against any public aid to the poor at all. They thus help fend off further welfare reform that could be among the best things that ever happened to Americaís poor, which is hardly unusual for leftists forever wreaking havoc as they strut their moral superiority.

Maybe some of their intentions are indeed good, but they do not grasp the invisible-hand beneficence of free markets, they havenít figured out that central planners donít have the omniscience their task requires and some of their intentions are not good. Take a hard look at elected officials on the left, keep in mind how reelection and popularity are their holy grails and then contemplate the following:



  • Demagogic, anti-capitalist, envy-mongering politics. Consider the Democratic chant that greedy, rich businesses are cheating workers and President Barack Obamaís new move to expand overtime pay. Businesses are thus pushed against the wall and, as some astute critics note, there will be less overtime, there will be reductions in base pay and there will be more automation replacing workers.

  • Special-interest politics. Consider how Bill de Blasio, New York Cityís new ultra-leftist mayor, is playing kissy-face with teachers unions that supported him by playing games with the future of non-unionized charter schools. These schools happen to be making a genuine, positive difference in the lives of needy minority children.

  • Vote buying politics. Consider Obama joining with congressional members of both parties aiming to win student loyalty at the polls through making student loans more attractive at lower interest rates even as they feed tuition inflation and leave college graduates with horrendous debts.

You get all of these ulterior motives rolled into one in Obamacare that does do a few worthy things that could have been done more simply and inexpensively and many unworthy, hurtful, overreaching things done complexly and with massive cost. Thereís a long, long list of liberal programs that contradict their stated purposes by their infamous actions, but letís get back to welfare reform and Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who chairs the House Budget Committee.

He has put together a massive report on federal welfare programs, showing how ineffective and wasteful many are. No one answer will fix all the problems, but a major answer is to emulate the reform of Aid to Families with Dependent Children, figuring out ways to help get people into jobs. Liberals somehow see it as a horrendous insult to suppose giving people free things can make them dependent on getting free things, but people of common sense know it happens and always has, sometimes even happening to the children of the rich.

The compassionate thing in the case of the poor is to help them escape the trap, and someday maybe even leftists will catch on to that.


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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.



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