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 April 2, 2014 / 2 Nissan, 5774

Reject the Ryan budget

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 1983, the British Labor Party issued its manifesto for the coming election, demanding a radical move away from the West, dismantling the United Kingdom's military and increases in taxes and more government regulation. The manifesto so alienated the British electorate that Labour Party Member of Parliament Gerald Kaufman called it "the longest suicide note in history."

The Medicare changes suggested by Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) proposed budget give it a similar flavor. Republicans would do well not to be recorded as voting in its favor.

The key line in the Medicare changes outlined in the program is the phrase "beginning in 2024." While congressional procedure demands 10-year budgeting, why should the Republican Party give Democrats ammunition for the next five elections? Why should House Republicans put their necks on the line every two years for changes that are proposed to take effect a decade hence?

Ryan's earlier attempts to rein in Medicare, while substantively admirable, cost the party dearly in the election of 2012. By then, he had retreated from his original position and, with the cover of some support from wayward Democrats, had amended his plan to allow seniors to continue the current Medicare program.

But nobody read — or will read — the fine print. The headline will be, as it has been: "Republicans propose Medicare cuts."

At a time when the Republican Party is newly attracting the elderly, as they feel the pinch of the $500 billion Obama cut to actual benefits, Ryan's prescription for long-term cuts a decade away will give them pause.

Democrats can easily counter the Medicare Advantage cut, which hurts one-third of all seniors, by saying that the GOP wants to cut Medicare too.

We must realize that the Republican Party is at a great innate disadvantage over the Medicare issue. Having opposed the initial program and pushed cuts in its rate of growth in 1995-96 — even closing down the government to achieve them — the party has not always been the darling of America's elderly. The Ryan budget will only serve to re-ignite fears that the GOP hasn't changed and still is gunning for the program.

The cuts President Obama is forcing on Medicare this year are drastic and have begun rippling through America's senior population. Gallup reports that "U.S. seniors ... have moved from a reliably Democratic group to a reliably Republican one over the past two decades," and have "shown an outright preference for the Republican Party since 2010."

Gallup notes that "today's seniors were once Democrats." In 1993, today's seniors voted Democratic +14. But they have shifted with time and age, driven by ObamaCare and his Medicare cuts.

House Republicans should not adopt a budget that will drive them back from whence they came.

Were the Medicare cuts on our immediate agenda, it would be different. But because they are to take effect only "beginning in 2024," why must we go on record voting for them now?

Eventually, the system must move toward a private one paid for by government vouchers and subsidies. But the elderly will still worry that the government payments will fall short and will be concerned that the system as a whole will be fatally weakened by making participation in traditional fee-for-service Medicare voluntary.

Ryan's plan is a good one and deserves passage some years hence, but why vote for it today? Indeed, Republicans can make a virtue of necessity and trumpet their votes against the proposal as they campaign around the country this year. Has Ryan done them a favor by giving them the chance to vote "no?"

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