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 7, 2014 / 9 Tammuz, 5774

Regulations for the rich: Crony capitalism infects Washington, especially Dems

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | They were “dead broke” when Bill left the White House, Hillary Clinton told Diane Sawyer of ABC News. That raised some eyebrows, because she’d just gotten an $8 million book advance and the couple owned mansions worth $12 million (though Bill had racked up a lot of legal bills).

The Clintons are “dead broke” no longer. Hillary has raked in about $5 million in speaking fees since she left government. Bill’s been paid more than $100 million for his speeches. They’ve got what they have “through dint of hard work,” she told a British newspaper, while suggesting that they “aren’t truly well off.”

A speech isn’t what first comes to mind when most Americans think of “hard work.” Including Q&A, it rarely takes more than two hours to deliver one.

The $225,000 Mrs. Clinton will be paid for speaking at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas is eight times what median-income Americans will earn all year. Perhaps it would have been worth that much to hear Demosthenes or Daniel Webster. Nobody puts Hillary in their league. But it isn’t for her oratory that Goldman Sachs et al pay her big bucks.

“Large financial institutions have benefited greatly from regulations which guaranteed their survival while allowing for increased concentration of financial assets,” said Joel Kotkin. “Wall Street grandees, many of whom should have spent the past years studying the inside of jail cells … are only bothered by how to spend their ill-gotten earnings.”

It pays to buy friends in Washington, where so many are for sale.

At the start of his political career, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was a man of modest means. After a lifetime in “public service,” he has a net worth of up to $12 million.

Sen. Reid often sponsors legislation that benefits firms represented by lobbyist sons Rory and Key, according to Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute.

Between 1998 and 2002, firms connected to the Reid family earned more than $2 million “from special interests that were represented by the kids and helped by the senator in Washington,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Corruption in Washington is driven more by extortion than bribery, Mr. Schweizer says. Bills have been introduced, “crises” manufactured primarily to extort contributions.

They should spend at least four hours a day dialing for dollars, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee advised new members last year.

“We need to somehow break the back of the ability of politicians to leverage their position to extract donations,” Mr. Schweizer told CNN.

Both parties depend heavily on the wealthiest 0.1 percent. And if you judged by how Barack Obama spends his time, you’d think a president’s primary duties are to hobnob with the rich at $32,800-a-plate fund-raisers, and play golf.

During his presidency, “we have seen a rapid concentration of wealth and depressed conditions for the middle class,” said Mr. Kotkin, who teaches at Chapman College. “The stimulus, with its emphasis on public sector jobs, did little for Main Street. And under the banner of environmentalism, green cronyism has helped fatten the bank accounts of investment bankers and tech moguls at great public expense.”

Obamacare has forced millions to pay more for health insurance and cost taxpayers billions. But it’s been a bonanza for Obama “bundlers,” Mr. Schweizer said.

“Renewable” energy firms, which produce little energy at exorbitant cost, profit immensely from federal subsidies.

When you have friends in Washington who’ll write you a check from the taxpayers or sandbag your competitors, it’s easier to make money.

But when businessmen focus more on greasing the palms of politicians than on pleasing consumers, innovation is stifled, prices rise, employment falls, the economy stops growing.

Only the free enterprise system has ever produced wealth for ordinary people. All government need do to restore prosperity is provide a level playing field, with taxes and regulations that are simple, clear, fair and stable.

But it’s when things are complex and chaotic that politicians get rich.

Opposition to crony capitalism has come mostly from the Tea Party, joined by a few lonely voices on the left. For most Republicans and nearly all Democrats, it’s business as usual.

Twice before, when the economy served the vast majority so poorly, “a political prairie fire” was ignited, Mr. Kotkin said. It could happen again, soon, “if the corrupt bargain between the oligarchs and the political class goes unbroken.”


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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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