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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 July 1, 2013/ 23 Tamuz, 5773

Both sides lie, because they're concealing their real motives

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | National service can heal our divided nation, said Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, who was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

"A rite of passage in which young people — rich and poor, liberal and conservative, of every racial background — work side by side to address public problems would create, at least, a vivid, lifelong memory of shared national purpose," Mr. Gerson wrote.

But the sharpest division in America isn't between rich and poor, liberals and conservatives, racial groups. It's between all of the above, and our leaders.

The "central cleft" in our politics today is "the widening gap between the government and the governed," said Democratic pollster Pat Caddell.

Each year Gallup asks Americans to rank institutions by our degree of confidence in them. The military ranked first, as usual, in this month's survey, with 76 percent saying they have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence. Small business, (65 percent), was second. Confidence in both was higher this year than last.

Only 36 percent had confidence in the presidency, just 10 percent in Congress.

Confidence in both has declined.



The "central cleft" is illustrated most starkly by the distinction pollster Scott Rasmussen makes between the views of Americans generally, and the "political class" (those connected to politics and the federal government).

In a Rasmussen poll June 9, "likely voters" opposed PRISM -- the program in which the National Security Agency may be monitoring the telephone calls, reading the emails and tracking the credit card purchases of American citizens -- 69 percent to 21 percent.

The "political class" supported PRISM, 71 percent to 18 percent.

"The political class supports the program by a 53-point margin, while everyone else opposes it by a 48-point margin," Mr. Caddell noted. "If you add up those two margins, 53 and 48, you get 101. That's a vivid indicator of the gap between the government and the governed."

Most members of Congress don't care what their constituents think, said 64 percent of respondents to a Rasmussen poll June 7. That Congress is debating immigration reform now is proof. When Gallup asked Americans in May on which of 12 issues we want Congress to focus, immigration was a distant last.

It's scandalous that more than 11 million people are in this country illegally, but how much harm their presence does is in dispute.

What's indisputable is that Republicans have been getting killed among Hispanic voters. That's why the Senate is debating immigration now.

In poll after poll, we've said by overwhelming margins we want the border secured, and that once it is, otherwise law abiding illegals should be granted legal status.

Supporters of the "Gang of 8" bill -- which would grant legal status right away, secure the border basically never -- pretend not to hear us about security.

Opponents pretend not to hear us about a "path to citizenship." Granting legal status would cost taxpayers as much as $6.3 trillion, some claim. Most economists -- including most conservative economists -- think it would give the economy a boost.

Both sides lie, because they're concealing their real motives.

Democrat supporters salivate, and GOP opponents tremble at the prospect of adding possibly millions of likely Democrats to the voter rolls. But some Democrats think they'd benefit more by keeping the issue alive. Republican supporters of the Gang of 8 bill agree. Unless this issue goes away, the GOP will never be able to compete for Hispanic votes, they think.

If we built in high traffic areas along the border (400-800 of 1969 miles), a fence like the one Israelis built to keep out terrorists, and guarded it, we could reduce illegal immigration from a flood to a trickle. If the Israeli experience is a guide, big gains could be made quickly. Illegal immigration is a major problem not because it is too hard to solve or too expensive to solve, but because our leaders have been unwilling to solve it. With good reason, most Americans don't trust the government to do the right thing, or to tell them the truth. Can our leaders increase trust by imposing compulsory service on young people they've already saddled with a mountain of debt? I wouldn't bet on it. A better way to "cultivate civic responsibility and shared identity," I would suggest to Mr. Gerson, would be for our leaders to stop lying to us, and start listening to us.

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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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