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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 August 15, 2011 / 15 Menachem-Av, 5771

Union supporters strain to find a silver lining

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The passage of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill in Wisconsin was like Stalingrad for public employee unions, I wrote in April.

Stalingrad was the Nazis' first major defeat. But it was still possible for Germany to win the war. Hitler thought he could regain the initiative with a carefully planned offensive to pinch off a bulge in the Russian lines at Kursk.

But the Nazis were defeated. They lost the cream of their panzers, which they could not replace. After Kursk, it was impossible for Germany to win. On Tuesday in Wisconsin, public employee unions suffered their Kursk.

First, a recap. The unions pulled out all the stops to defeat the budget repair bill. Democratic state senators fled the state to delay a vote. A mob occupied the state capitol. Death threats were made against GOP lawmakers.

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued an injunction to keep the budget repair bill from being implemented. Her legal grounds were specious, so unions spent millions trying to put on the state Supreme Court a liberal who would ignore statutes and precedents. They failed.

Unions no longer could prevent the bill from going into effect. But they thought they could so punish Wisconsin Republicans that lawmakers in other states would be too frightened to pass similar measures.

They forced recall elections against six state senators. If Democrats won three, they would take control of the state Senate.

Barack Obama carried all six targeted districts in 2008. Democrats and unions outspent Republicans, 2-1. Their head start in organizing should have given unions an edge, because turnout usually is low in special elections. It didn't. Democrats took only two seats.

One win was in a district in which Mr. Obama received 60.8 percent of the vote. In the other, the GOP incumbent had moved out of the district to move in with his mistress. His estranged wife supported the recall. But he still got 49 percent of the vote.

Overall, Republicans received 53 percent of the vote, slightly more than Gov. Walker got in last year's Republican landslide. Democrats strained to see a silver lining.

"I feel strangely energized and elated," said blogger Markos Moulitsas (Daily Kos). "We took the fight into red territory, and took two seats."

"I can't imagine that if I were a state legislator in another state that I would want to go through what these six Republicans just went through," said AFL-CIO political director Mike Podhorzer.

Behind the brave faces, reality was sinking in. "This was about as hard as we could possibly fight, and it still wasn't enough," said Daily Kos campaign director Chris Bowers.

The unions say they'll go forward with a plan to recall Gov. Walker even though the results Tuesday indicate they'll fail. The unions fight on because they know they're doomed if what happened in Wisconsin spreads.

What unions objected to most in the budget repair bill was a provision limiting collective bargaining to wages only. Many saw this as union busting. Gov. Walker was likened to Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini.

The restrictions were necessary, Gov. Walker said, because union featherbedding threatened to bankrupt school districts. Particularly egregious was a requirement that districts buy health insurance from a firm controlled by the teachers' union.

Thuggish tactics have cost unions some support. More is being lost because "as the abstract debate over collective bargaining collides with reality, it's becoming clear just how big a lie the Big Labor line was," wrote John McCormack in the Weekly Standard. "Now that the law is in effect, where are the horror stories of massive layoffs and schools shutting down?"

In fact, the budget repair bill has saved several school districts from bankruptcy, and prevented teacher layoffs in many more.

"It turns out the sky isn't going to fall on local governments in Wisconsin," acknowledged the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which opposed the collective bargaining restrictions.

Despite this, Democrats think they could oust Gov. Walker if former Sen. Russ Feingold runs against him. Scott Walker has balanced a budget that was $3.6 billion in the red without raising taxes. He's kept school districts solvent and prevented teacher layoffs. Half of all private sector jobs created in June were created in Wisconsin.

Sen. Feingold would be running to overturn that. I don't think much of his chances.

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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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