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 15, 2011 / 15 Menachem-Av, 5771

Pray for miracle from debt committee

By Dan K. Thomasson

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The odds of anything serious coming out of the so-called Super Committee -- the 12 -member bipartisan panel to solve the debt crisis -- have never been very good but looking at the appointments so far to this entirely unusual body about the only thing left to do is pray for a miracle.

All six of the Republicans previously have pledged to oppose any new taxes in the effort to lower the deficit by $1.5 trillion by Thanksgiving. How encouraging is that? These are some of the same guys whose stubbornness over raising the debt limit brought on one of the worst congressional debacles in recent memory. That disgraceful performance helped bring about Standard and Poor's outrageous decision to lower the nation's credit rating, a major factor in the current market crisis that has cost American investors billions of dollars over the last few days.

Utterly ignored by leaders of both sides in their Senate appointments to the committee were the "Gang of Six" Republicans and Democrats who had worked so diligently for compromise during the debt limit negotiations. How tragic for all of us.

In the House, the GOP co-chair of the panel will be a champion of those who believe the huge deficit requires only severe spending cuts. His name is Jeb Hensarling and he is from Texas. Ever hear of him? Probably not. For all anyone knows his name may mean "head in the sand." He will be joined by two men from Michigan, Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Fred Upton, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, both of whom also take a dim view of the word "taxation."

The Senate's three Republicans named to this august body by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky include John Kyl of Arizona, Rob Portman of Ohio and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania who the Tea Party helped elect last year. Want to guess how they are going to come down on such issues as raising revenues even slightly? I'll give you a hint and let you decide. Toomey was the only member of the panel named so far who actually voted against raising the debt limit, a position that ultimately would have left the nation in default of its financial obligations.

If that isn't enough to turn the drinking water toxic in the Capitol Hill fountains, good old Democratic majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada, that glorious statesman who got reelected last year only because the Republicans nominated a novice opponent with the political acumen of a desert rattler, named as co-chair Patty Murray of Washington, who also is charged as the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee with raising funds for her party's candidates next year.

In that uber-partisan capacity, Murray regularly tosses verbal bombs at her Republican opponents, accusing them among other things of plotting to destroy Medicare and Social Security. How's that for a good starting point for bipartisanship? She is as much committed to the status quo in the entitlement programs as the GOP members are to fighting tax increases.

The other Democrats from the Senate will be former presidential nominee John Kerry of Massachusetts and Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who at times definitely has shown a proclivity for compromise.

The projections for success have been slim to none from the beginning, but if these appointments can be used as any indication, they will never reach the seven votes needed to prevent an onslaught of automatic cuts that few Americans will like. That is the worst-case scenario.

The best is that they will come to their senses, put away their special interests, and do what is desperately needed to head us toward a growing economy, solvency and most of all, jobs. If you are a betting person, be careful before you put your money down, either way.

There are few experts, if any, who don't agree that a solution to all this only can be found in a combination that includes pursuing more revenue, slowing the growth of entitlements and cutting spending. It isn't rocket science as much as the fiscal gurus would like you to believe it is. It's a foreign word -- compromise.

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