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 July 30, 2014 / 3 Menachem-Av, 5774

The 'Free Lunch' President

By Betsy McCaughey

JewishWorldReview.com | On Monday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress to provide more resources for the exploding number of people on permanent disability. It's part of the Obama administration's "give away the store" mentality, encouraging the masses to sign up for government programs at taxpayers' expense.

Even without Congress' complicity, the administration is doing everything it can to expand government dependence, getting people on Obamacare subsidies, food stamps, earned income tax credits and disability payments. Federal workers routinely ignore — even blatantly violate — the laws that established these programs in order to maximize giveaways.

The number of people collecting permanent disability has soared to 8.9 million, up 20 percent since President Barack Obama took office. And virtually all will stay on the program for life. As a result, the Disability Fund will run out of money by 2016. Lew wants to tap more of your payroll taxes to keep the dependence money flowing.

When you and your employer send in payroll taxes, the lion's share (5.4 percent of payroll ) goes to the Social Security Old Age Fund, but a small portion (0.9 percent of payroll ) goes to the Disability Fund. Under Lew's proposal, Grandma and Grandpa will be the losers. The move is predicted to shorten the solvency of the Old Age Fund by at least a year.

Congress should say no to Lew's proposal. And the public should demand to know why 8.9 million people are collecting disability. It's inconceivable that so many — more than the population of New York City — are truly incapacitated. Americans are healthier than ever before, and jobs require less physical exertion.

The answer to that riddle is that the Social Security administrators encourage all comers. Stephen Goss, Social Security's chief actuary, told Congress, "disability is by nature a very subjective concept." He said it depends "on a myriad of issues related to a person's residual functional capacity, past job experience, desire to work, and availability of suitable jobs."

Ah! Desire to work. If you don't have that, you may qualify. No wonder disability rates are higher here than in France, Germany or Italy, countries known for their welfare culture.

And get ready for even more claims, now that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just defined pregnancy as a "disability."

Obama health officials are working just as hard to give away your tax dollars. A General Accountability Office report disclosed last week that virtually anyone can get a taxpayer-funded subsidy for health insurance. If your income doesn't qualify you, or you're not a citizen or a legal resident, not to worry. The GAO sent out 12 investigators to enroll in health plans with fake identities. Astoundingly, 11 of the 12 applicants succeeded in enrolling, with taxpayers footing the bill. Applicants claiming they had no documents succeeded and so did applicants using fraudulent documents. Contractors employed by the Department of Health and Human Services to process enrollments passed buck, saying they are not obliged to authenticate any paperwork presented.

HHS reports that so far about 2.6 million out of the 5.4 million federal marketplace enrollees have not had their income or immigration status verified. Last month the Obama administration announced that anyone enrolled in the federal marketplace will get an automatic re-enrollment this fall. That should be good news for the fraudsters.

Under Obama, this "free lunch" mentality has caused dependence on food stamps to nearly double. Once reserved for the truly poor, now almost 48 million people are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dole.

Sadly, when it comes to conserving taxpayer money to help those truly in need, Congress doesn't expect much. In 2010, Congress unanimously passed the Improper Payments Elimination Act, which tries to cap mistaken payments by any federal department at 10 percent. Of course, almost any business would go belly up if it sent 10 percent of its funds to the wrong customers or suppliers.

But even that low bar is too high for the Obama administration. The IRS estimates that 21 percent to 25 percent of earned income tax credits were paid out in error in fiscal 2012.

How recklessly government bureaucrats spend our hard-earned tax dollars. Don't count on Washington, D.C., to fix this. Only public outrage can put a stop to it.

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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