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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 June 7, 2012/ 17 Sivan, 5772

The Meaning Of Scott Walker's Win

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Great Scotts! Just as Scott Brown's 2010 victory in Massachusetts foretold the Republican rout later that year, so Scott Walker's win is but a foretaste of the November election's likely result. Polls come and go. But when a Republican governor, in a Democratic state that Obama carried by 14 points in 2008, wins by seven points (Walker 53% - Barrett 46%), it shows how overwhelming our victory later this year will be. Add to these facts the high turnout in Wisconsin (over 60 percent, compared with less than 50% in 2010) and the handwriting is clearly on the wall for Obama.

But the real meaning of the Walker victory goes far beyond its obvious role as a predictor of the fall elections. It marks the same kind of catalyst for a downward decline in state and local public employee unions that the air traffic controllers' strike in the 80s signaled for federal and private sector unions in general. It is the beginning of the end of their reign of power - or terror - over our states and localities.

While only 7% of the private sector labor force is unionized, 41% of state and local government employees are. A majority of union members are now public employees. After foreign competition has decimated private sector unions, the labor movement has found new power in using it leverage over complicit legislators to prey on helpless taxpayers.

But, in Wisconsin, Walker flung down the gauntlet to public employee unions and they accepted the challenge only to go down to a total defeat. Their power will never be the same. Already, the National Education Association (NEA) has experienced a 150,000 decline in its 3.2 million memberships this year and expects another 200,000 falloff in the next few months - more than a ten percent drop. As states follow Wisconsin's example and stop automatically deducting union dues from their employee's paychecks, the funds available to unions will continue to drop - and with it will go much of their political power.

But even the fall of the power of public employee unions fails to capture the full extent of the impact of the Walker victory.

Its most important impact is on America's schools. By elbowing teacher unions aside and permitting local school boards to abolish teacher tenure and insist on merit pay and school choice, the Walker reforms open the door to a vast and rapid improvement in educational quality throughout the nation. No other education reforms have worked. Now we have no choice but to insist on competition at every level of our educational establishment to improve the product. Teachers must compete for jobs and higher pay even as their schools compete for students. It is the only way we have left that can raise student performance.

The sun is shining and Walker won!

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