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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 June 11, 2012/ 21 Sivan, 5772

Delusion can be comforting, but it's still delusion

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If after 17 months of turmoil during which you spent upwards of $50 million and are left only with the taste of wormwood and gall, you should be more careful about the fights you pick.

The news media downplayed the blow labor unions and Democrats suffered Tuesday. "Walker survives recall in Wisconsin," read the headlines in newspapers and the Chryons on the cable news channels.

Yeah. And Reagan edged Mondale, Nixon nipped McGovern. In a state Democrats have carried in every presidential election since 1984, Republican Gov. Scott Walker won by a margin as big as Barack Obama's over John McCain (53-46).

The high profile battle has made the soft-spoken preacher's son a hero to conservatives; shined a spotlight on how much higher on the hog government workers live than do the taxpayers who pay their salaries; made Gov. Walker's reforms a blueprint other states are now certain to follow, and jeopardized President Obama's hold on a state he won by 14 percentage points in 2008.

Gov. Walker heavily outspent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the weeks after he defeated labor favorite Kathleen Falk in the May 3 primary -- a fact emphasized by journalists, who didn't mention that labor and liberal groups spent much more than conservatives in last year's recall elections, in their attempt to oust a conservative state Supreme Court justice and in the petition drive to force the election Tuesday.

Delusion can be comforting, but it's still delusion. Scott Walker won big because none of the bad things unions said would happen did, and good things have. He closed the $3.6 billion budget deficit he inherited without raising taxes. His reforms will save state and local taxpayers up to $1.03 billion a year, according to the Beacon Hill Institute, a free-market think tank in Boston.

The reforms required government workers to contribute more to their health and pension benefits; restricted collective bargaining to wages only and made union membership voluntary. Public employee unions fought the reforms as if there were no tomorrow, because for them, there isn't. Since the reforms went into effect, the Wisconsin branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has lost 54 percent of its members; the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers, 35 percent.

They fought dirty. Government workers neglected their jobs to protest. Protesters trashed the state capitol. Death threats were made against the governor and GOP legislators. Unions threatened to boycott businesses that didn't side with them publicly. Democratic state senators fled the state to try to block a vote. On election eve, a liberal group claimed, falsely, that Gov. Walker had sired a child out of wedlock.

The Government Accountability Board (six former judges, five of them liberals) made little effort to check recall petitions for duplication or fraud; rejected help from outside watchdog groups; cut short the time for the candidates to review them and reneged on a promise to post the petitions online. About a third of the several hundred thousand signatures it examined were invalid, said a conservative watchdog group.

A Dane County (Madison) judge who'd signed a recall petition issued a sloppy injunction (he misquoted the state constitution) against Wisconsin's new photo ID law. He's all but certain to be overturned on appeal. But because it couldn't be adjudicated before the election, he had, in effect, issued a license to cheat.

Of which some may have taken advantage. A caller to a Washington D.C. radio station Tuesday said he was on his way from Michigan in a union-organized four bus caravan to vote in Wisconsin.

Passage of the Walker reforms was to public employee unions what Stalingrad was to the Nazis, I wrote last year. Tuesday was Kursk, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, rolled into one. In California, voters in San Jose and San Diego voted overwhelmingly to cut benefits for municipal employees. There is no more money. Unions must learn to live within our means.

Here's another sign of how far the worm has turned: When the turmoil in Wisconsin began, President Obama renewed his pledge to unions to "walk the picket line with you." As he shuttled between fundraisers in Minnesota and Illinois last week, the president flew over Wisconsin several times -- but never found time to stop.

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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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