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December 2, 2014

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 June 8, 2012/ 18 Sivan, 5772

Scott Walker's win should propel big reforms, stiffen pols' spines

By Deroy Murdock




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory over Milwaukee's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday's recall election, by a margin of 53 to 46 percent, is this century's Proposition 13.

In 1978, California's famous property-tax-cut referendum ignited the supply-side tax-relief movement. Similarly, Walker's win will encourage elected officials to demand that taxpayer-funded government employees earn realistic wages and pay their fair share for benefits. Likewise, Walker's triumph should stiffen politicians' spines so that they insist that government union bosses live by the same rules as the rest of us.

Leaders who are inspired by Walker's mix of principled policy and prize-winning politics should enact these proposals:

  • Government workers should pay their fair share for health and pension benefits. On an hourly basis, private-sector employees' benefits cost their companies $2.15. State and local government workers cost taxpayers $4.72 an hour -- 219 percent more. For retirement benefits, the private-sector figure was $1.02 an hour. The state and local workers' sum: $3.37 an hour -- a 330 percent premium.

    These figures also are staggering in Washington. In 2009, according to USA Today, total wages and benefits among private-sector employees stood at $61,051. Among federal civilian employees, it was $123,049 -- almost precisely double.


    • Government workers should stop pension-spiking. Their retirement payments often are based on their last two or three years of earnings. So, many work maximum overtime hours to send those amounts sky-high. Public pensions should be based on career-long compensation. Period.

    • Government workers should be fired for inefficiency, incompetence and criminality. Short of raping or killing someone on camera, it seems nearly impossible to fire government employees. If private-sector workers can get sacked in seconds, so should those who serve taxpayers.

    • Government workers should trade defined-benefit retirement plans, with artificially guaranteed returns, for defined-contribution plans, like 401(k)s. True, private-sector employees face the potential gains and losses of the financial markets. But if those who pay taxes confront such risks in their own pensions, so should those who consume their taxes.

    • Government workers' retirement ages should rise to match those in the private sector, especially as life expectancy grows. As the Manhattan Institute's PublicSectorInc.org website observes, some truly brave California cops and firefighters can retire after 20 years of service while earning 90 percent of their salaries. Average taxpayers in their 40s do not see such sweetheart deals, nor should average tax consumers.

    • Government workers should pay unions dues only if they wish, and only after unions bill them directly. Walker stopped Wisconsin's automatic dues collection on behalf of unions such as the Wisconsin Educators' Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Private bosses do not collect rent for their employees' landlords. They do not subtract auto dealers' car payments from their staffers' paychecks, nor do they deduct workers' credit-card obligations from their wages and transfer them to Visa or American Express. So, why should unions grab dues money even before workers see their paychecks? Unions should bill members for their services, without their employers' assistance, just as every other vendor does.

    • Government workers only should belong to unions voluntarily. AFSCME's Wisconsin chapter, for instance, has plunged from 62,818 members pre-Walker to 28,745 today. This strongly suggests that, of its previous head count, 34,073 (54.2 percent) were hostages rather than members. Like unlocking the doors at a rap concert, those who feel like guests can remain. Those who feel like captives can leave. This is called freedom. Government-union bosses should look into it.

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    Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.



    Previously:

    06/01/12: Regulators regulate, and that's a problem

    05/25/12: WWII hero Karski to receive U.S. Medal of Freedom

    05/18/12: Not the behavior of normal Americans

    05/18/12: Spacemen to NASA: Cool it on global warming

    05/04/12: Libs want to plunge the penthouse

    04/27/12: Obama and company are pushing hard on the pedal for deadlier cars

    04/20/12: We don't need no stinkin' budget?

    04/14/12: New Reasons to Hate Obamacare

    04/06/12: Team Obama plays energy policy for laughs

    03/30/12: Twitchy Dems need to let workers put tax-cut money in retirement funds

    03/23/12: Why not $100-an-hour minimum wage?

    03/15/12: The real (high) cost of Obama's health care act

    03/09/12: Race-baiting Dems oppose voter ID

    03/02/12: Forget kids --- today's debt hurts adults

    02/24/12: Dems arise against Obamacare

    02/17/12: The voting dead are understated

    02/10/12: Holder takes on 'racist' photo-ID cards: Prejudice is widespread --- even Obama backed them

    02/03/12: On tax plans, Gingrich trumps Romney

    01/27/12: Photo IDs can protect elections, let dead rest

    01/20/12: Romney runs hot and cold on global warming

    01/13/12: Economic freedom declines in U.S.

    01/06/12: Time to yank off Mitt's mask

    12/23/11: Boehner hands Dems a gift

    12/15/11: The U.S. could learn much from Hong Kong

    12/09/11:$687 billion is available to Congress free of strings

    12/02/11: Obama criticizes Wall Street but takes money from it

    11/18/11: Puerto Rico shows Washington the way

    11/11/11: Take heed, America: In Ohio even left-wing unionists voted to repeal ObamaCare

    10/28/11: Thanks, Netanyahu, for surge of hardened terrorists

    10/24/11:The Obama Spend-O-Rama

    10/17/11: Cain stakes his viable claim just by showing up

    10/07/11: Green jobs are national scandal

    10/04/11: Obama proudly declares class war

    09/23/11: Obama wrong about ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress

    09/16/11: Obama needs Ryan's vision on jobs

    09/09/11: Reaganomics trounces Obamanomics

    09/02/11: Labor leaders to Obama: Stop killing jobs

    08/26/11: Pro-market Perry vaults over Romney in GOP race

    08/19/11: Some rich Americans will not rest until Washington boosts their taxes

    08/12/11: Hope, change and free birth control for all

    08/05/11: Debt deal does virtually nothing

    07/21/11: Dems pro-choice on abortion but little else

    07/15/11: Debt deception: If only Dems were honest and GOPers were courageous

    07/08/11: Congress' war on light bulb blows up





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