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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 July 8, 2011 / 6 Tamuz, 5771

Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Reports of his death, Mark Twain once humorously said, were greatly exaggerated. And so are reports of America's decline.

But there's an obvious difference. Death is final and definitive and has either happened or it hasn't, which means you cannot really exaggerate it. Decline is a process, and even when dismal predictions go overboard, they can be plausible enough not to be funny.

One shut-up-and-smile response is to point to some encouraging facts. Pre-recession, the International Labor Organization reported that an American worker left every other nation in the dust in wealth produced per year ($63,885), and came in second only to Norway in wealth produced per hour. For more than 100 years, we have manufactured more goods than anyone else in the world,.

Yet isn't the middle class shrinking? Yes. Guess why. As economist Stephen Rose has led the way in reporting, it is shrinking because so many are graduating, not because they are dropping out. Just a few years ago, he was writing how the numbers in households enjoying $100,000 and more a year had leapt from 12 percent to 24 percent in the past quarter century while there was no jump in households making under $30,000.

There's more good, such as the possibilities of free trade lifting us to new economic heights, but whoa. Let's look at the other side, starting with how lots of American politicians do not understand trade -- how every job lost to industries that do better overseas than here is replaced (and then some) in industries that do better here than overseas. They don't understand how trade combats inflation and saves families huge amounts of money each year.

They may do us terrible harm, consequently, and meanwhile, President Barack Obama and Democratic chums are making their political living disrespecting all businesses, big and small. We desperately need jobs, and their answer is to punish the chief supplier of those jobs -- small businesses -- with higher taxes on the owners.

That's just for starters, because Obama just cannot stop denigrating our corporations even though, without them, we would be a Third World kind of place. If big is what worries you, worry most about government that also has the coercive power to take your money whether you want to give it or not. Corporations cannot force you to buy their products, but your government right now wants to force you to buy health insurance on penalty of offending Obama, along with a fine.

Please, please remember that as much as Wall Street misplayed its hand in the financial crisis, it was government that took us there, pressuring banks to extend mortgage loans to people who could not afford them, as one means.

There's lots more: an administrative state that is now more in control of our lives than any past generation could have dreamed of and is stifling entrepreneurship while providing a huge percentage of us with large portions of our income so that we look to it more and more for succor. This administrative state has run up a debt that could produce economic mayhem of a kind the recession only hinted at. At the same time, we have a retiring secretary of defense telling us he does not want to be part of a government stepping back from engagement with the world.

Don't look too closely at the citizenry because then you'll see a genuine crisis of unwed motherhood that largely cheats children of a chance in life.

Let's stop before we make the case that there really is no exaggerating the decline. There is truly much that remains good and there are ways of halting that which endangers us, including elections and community leadership.

We're still a spunky place. Let's do our thing.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:

07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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