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 31, 2014 / 29 Adar II, 5774

Dems' deception won't shield them from voters' wrath in the midterm election

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | "Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad,” said the Greek playwright Euripedes.

Euripedes could have been thinking of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Ms. Pelosi held a news conference last week. to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

The law is a “winner” for Democrats, who are “standing tall” in support of it, she said.

“Pelosi’s celebratory event in the Capitol on Thursday -- ahead of Sunday’s anniversary – stood in stark contrast to the muted embrace from other congressional Democrats,” said CNN.

She scolded a reporter who referred to it as “Obamacare.”

“It’s the Affordable Care Act, the Affordable Care Act, the Affordable Care Act,” she said over and over.

Obamacare is anything but affordable. Health insurance premiums are 39 percent higher this year for individual policies, 56 percent higher for family policies, on average, than they were last year, according to a cost report from eHealthInsurance, a nationwide online private insurance exchange.

Average premiums increased 37 percent for individual plans, 31 percent for family plans between 2005 and 2013, eHealthInsurance data indicate. The premium hikes this year are greater than the premium increases for the last eight years combined.

They’re a pittance compared to what Obamacare has in store for next year.

“Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country,” The Hill newspaper reported March 19.

Premiums will skyrocket chiefly because enrollment is far below what’s needed to make Obamacare economically viable, and too many of those who are signing up are old and sick.

When a reporter asked Ms. Pelosi about the premium hikes, she left the podium without responding.

Ms. Pelosi insists upon calling Obamacare the “Affordable Care Act,” when it plainly isn’t, because Democrats rely on deception to shield them from the voters’ wrath in the midterm elections.

She may not be honest, but she is consistent. Everything Democrats promised about Obamacare has been false.

*Thousands of Americans -- many of them seriously ill -- have learned that no, they may not keep their doctor if they want to.

*Obamacare will reduce health insurance premiums for the typical American family by $2,500, the president said. The average family will pay $2,844 more this year, according to eHealthInsurance.

*Obamacare will create 4 million new jobs, Ms. Pelosi predicted before it was passed. Obamacare will force them to cut the hours of their workers or lay people off, said half the small business owners polled last year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In politics, perception is reality, because people vote on the basis of how they think things are, not on how they actually may be.

So Democrats treat every problem as a “messaging” problem. Truth is what the people believe. Confident their friends in the news media never will call them on it, Democrats think they can lie with impunity.

President Obama won re-election by portraying Mitt Romney “as a heartless, woman-hating one percenter,” so their confidence in “messaging” is understandable, noted Eric Felten in the Weekly Standard.

“Messaging” worked then because “few voters have any direct and meaningful contact with candidates,” Mr. Felten said.

But when people have firsthand knowledge of the reality being spun, “messaging” loses effectiveness. The cancer patient who lost her doctor, the worker whose hours have been cut, the family whose health insurance premium has soared won’t be mollified by spin.

The administration is spending $17 million a month of taxpayer money on ads to entice young people to sign up for Obamacare. But nothing kills a bad product faster than good advertising, Mr. Felten said.

“The more people those ever-so-clever ads send to the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the more people will discover that the plans involve radically limited choices of doctors and hospitals, gob-smacking deductibles, and, for many, dismaying premiums,” he said.

Democrats have an Obamacare problem. The longer they treat it as a “messaging” problem, the more likely they’re headed for an epic thrashing in November.


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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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