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 August 5, 2005 / 29 Tammuz, 5765

With regards to Big Government, the GOP is almost hand in hand with Dems

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before leaving for its August recess, Congress provided strong reminders that fiscal conservatives have little to cheer about Republican rule.

The transportation bill demonstrated spending indiscipline. The energy bill demonstrated market interventionism run amuck.

The federal government got into the transportation business in a big way to build a federal highway system. Knitting the country together with a smoothly flowing road system was a justifiable federal activity.

Maintaining that system would be a justifiable federal activity today. But the transportation bill these days consists primarily of subventions to state and local governments for local transportation projects. As such, it violates one of the fundamental principles of federalism: a higher level of government shouldn't usurp what a lower level of government can do.

Right now, the transportation bill is a political shell game. The federal government collects far more in gas taxes than it needs for truly federal activities. Local governments get funding for projects without having to raise the money for them. And federal politicians get credit for bringing home the bacon.

Lately, the politics have become increasingly transparent and shameless. There's an increasingly large number of earmarks, in which members of Congress designate money for specific projects in their state or districts. The bill just passed has some 6,000 of them.

There's a tradition of pointing to the earmarks in other states as pork. But the real issue isn't pork. It's the federal government doing something that should be a state or local responsibility. And you don't have to look beyond the borders of Arizona for a multitude of examples.

Why, pray tell, is it a federal responsibility to build a bicycle-pedestrian bridge at McDowell and 35th Avenue in Phoenix, or a foot bridge to connect trails across the western bank of Tempe Town Lake?

Now Democrats participate just as enthusiastically in this spendingfest.

But Republicans are supposed to believe in spending discipline and the principles of federalism. Moreover, the practice of earmarks has rapidly escalated under Republican rule.

Americans spend over $700 billion a year on energy. That's a big enough market to provide all the incentives necessary to produce it or to find cheaper or more reliable ways to make and deliver it.

And market mechanisms are working. In part as a protection against market volatility, U.S. businesses have retooled and now use less energy per unit of economic output. As a result of rising gas prices, consumer preferences have shifted from large SUVs to more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Moreover, the experience of the federal government attempting to shape fuel mixes is not encouraging. For example, it dumped billions into the dry hole of synthetic fuels.

It might be a useful exercise for the federal government to identify barriers it has created to energy production and consider whether to ease or modify them. But there is very little of that in this energy bill.

Instead, it offers subsidies for every form of energy known to man or his imagination: oil, natural gas, ethanol, nuclear, solar, hydroelectric, hydrogen, clean coal, wind, biomass and geothermal.

These measures are intended to increase energy supplies, which would reduce prices and encourage consumption. Yet the bill also tries to stimulate conservation through regulation and incentives.

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Arizona's congressional delegation offered honorable exceptions to the Republican abandonment of principle. Our two senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, voted against both the transportation and energy bills, as did Congressman Jeff Flake. Rep. John Shadegg joined them in voting against the transportation bill.

But, as a general proposition, the national Republican Party is increasingly a lost cause. Federal spending under consolidated Republican rule with President Bush continues to grow more than twice as fast as it did under divided government with President Clinton.

There remains an important difference between the parties regarding taxes.

Republicans want to cut them and Democrats want to raise them.

But with respect to spending and market interventionism, there's not enough of a difference between them to be worth fighting over.

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