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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 May 27, 2013/ 18 Sivan, 5773

It's not 'racist' to point out intellectual difference like Jason Richwine did

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I cry "foul" on both sides in the immigration debate.

Jason Richwine, who resigned from the Heritage Foundation May 10, was the co-author of a study that claimed granting legal status to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants here would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion over their lifetimes.

Conservative economists Tim Kane, Jim Pethokoukis, Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Alex Nowarasteh noted that to reach that preposterous number, among other things Heritage:

• Assumed illegals make no positive contributions to the economy (CATO estimates immigration reform would grow GDP by $1.5 trillion over 10 years); that virtually all would go on welfare; that there currently is no cost to providing public services for them.

• Counted the cost of Social Security benefits, but not what illegals would pay in payroll taxes. (Social Security's actuary estimates the "Gang of 8" bill would add $300 million in net revenue over the next decade.)

The study is so badly flawed that Heritage's reputation may never recover from it. But these flaws aren't why Mr. Richwine was forced to resign. In his thesis at Harvard University in 2009, he wrote: "the average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations."

Liberals, as is their custom when confronted with an uncongenial fact, accused Mr. Richwine of "racism."

To their everlasting shame, some conservative supporters of immigration reform also piled on.

It is incontestably true that Asians score higher on intelligence tests here than do whites, who score higher than Hispanics, who score higher than blacks. This fact must be acknowledged, and put into context.

When the Army began testing the intelligence of draftees in World War I, blacks in several Northern states scored higher than whites in several Southern states. Among whites, Jews today score higher than gentiles. But on those WWI Army mental tests, Jewish draftees -- most of whom then were recent immigrants from Russia -- scored much lower than native born whites.

A person's IQ is pretty much fixed at birth. But when cultural and socioeconomic factors change, the average IQ of groups can improve significantly in a single generation.

I think Mr. Richwine and thesis advisers George Borjas and Charles Murray overestimate the importance of intelligence and the role of genetics in determining it, and underestimate the economic contributions of the low skilled but industrious. High intelligence is essential for rocket scientists, but success in most jobs depends more on character and good work habits.

Professors Borjas and Murray are distinguished scholars who think highly of Mr. Richwine. Their views are honestly held, and they have a point. Mr. Richwine suggested in his Harvard thesis preference in legal immigration be given to the intelligent. Evidently the "Gang of 8" agree, because this would be the effect of the provision in their bill which would lower the priority of family reunification for issuing visas, and raising it for immigrants with special skills.

The dishonest are those who pretend there are no differences in IQ among ethnic groups, or that these differences have no consequences.

When University of Texas law professor Lino Graglia, who is Hispanic, said blacks and Hispanics do worse in college admissions because so many come from poor, single parent homes, liberals accused him of "racism."

One could argue Mr. Graglia is wrong. (He isn't.) But his argument is the opposite of racism, because he attributes differences to cultural, economic and sociological factors, not genetics.

Liberals make personal attacks to conceal intellectual bankruptcy -- and thereby reveal moral bankruptcy. The differences in academic performance among the races have profound economic consequences for the nation. Scholars must be able to explore the reasons without fear of being smeared.

Name-calling is not "debate." It's time we made that clear to liberals.

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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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