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 June 4, 2014 / 6 Sivan, 5774

Sanders' Bill Sandbags Vets

By Betsy McCaughey

JewishWorldReview.com | Richard Wilson, age 64, survived two tours in Vietnam, but he's afraid he won't survive the wait at his local Veterans Affairs hospital. Warned seven months ago that circulation blockages in his legs put him at imminent risk of a fatal heart attack or amputations, he called and emailed the VA daily. He's in pain, unable to walk, his big toe recently turned black, and his wife is living in fear. Half a year went by before the VA even contacted him, and he's still waiting for his surgery.

Eric Shinseki's resignation as head of Veterans Affairs last Friday didn't get Wilson the care he needs. And if the Restoring Veterans' Trust Act of 2014, a bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, which will be debated Thursday, passes, it is likely to make the situation for waiting vets worse.

Based on the summary Sanders released, it should be called the VA Employee Protection Act. Sanders is a mouthpiece for organized labor. Nine of his top 10 contributors are unions. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Sanders stands in the way of holding VA managers accountable for the VA hospitals' lethal secret waiting lists.


On May 22, Sanders scuffled with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, over Rubio's legislation to allow the VA to fire those linked to the secret lists. The legislation already had sailed through the House with bipartisan support. The American Legion and other vet groups backed it.

Sanders objected that he hadn't read it. Rubio offered to wait while he did. Rubio could have held his breath. The bill is only 351 words long.

Rubio insists a new VA director should be able to "fire executives underneath him if they haven't done their job — a power he doesn't have right now." But Sanders killed the bill, saying he wants to keep the "due process" rules — months of hearings and paperwork — that currently make firing federal workers and teachers a long, costly ordeal.

In February, Sanders introduced legislation to protect VA workers from productivity benchmarks on how many claims they process. Sanders is pushing to expand VA health care enrollment to include even vets with no combat-related problems and no financial hardships. Why? Because the VA's health care budget is based on enrollment. More vets enrolled means a bigger budget and more union jobs. But it's not an improvement for vets.

Stewart Hickey, executive director of American Veterans, said: "You have an already stressed bureaucracy, then you're going to throw more on it for them to do. You're just going to compound the problem."


Sanders' bill calls for emergency funding. No question there's an emergency at the VA. But it's about malfeasance, not lack of money. Congress has increased funding faster than the growth of VA patients. Generally, the VA has had about half a billion dollars left over at the end of the year.

Like in "Field of Dreams," Sanders envisions more VA hospitals and clinics. He is calling for a presidential commission on building to report within 90 days. Sorry, Senator. No more reports needed. The General Accountability Office has issued report after report on cost overruns and delays at construction sites. The Denver VA hospital project, launched in 2004 and budgeted at $328 million, passed $800 million by 2010, due to mismanagement and bungled designs, and is now estimated to cost $1 billion, if ever completed. Same stories in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Orlando, Florida. Like a field of nightmares.

To help vets like Wilson, wiser voices are proposing insurance cards or vouchers that would enable vets to seek care from the private sector. Most VA hospitals have relationships with nearby teaching hospitals where older vets could get cardiovascular and cancer surgery with better survival rates than at the most Vas.

But Sanders' union allies oppose using the private sector. Sanders' legislation favors sending waiting vets to community health centers — federally funded clinics that Obamacare is transforming into mini-Tammany Halls. The National Association of Community Health Centers lists voter registration as part of its core mission. Vets won't get top-notch specialty care at these clinics, but funneling money to them serves the Democratic Party.

Sanders' bill helps union organizers, VA bureaucrats and Democratic Party cronies, not people who have served their country in war like Wilson.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and the author of "Beating Obamacare." She reads the law so you don't have to.

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