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 Aug 16, 2012 / 28 Menachem-Av, 5772

Ryan's Courage

By David Suissa

We can't ignore his 'Jewish values'

JewishWorldReview.com | "Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? I'm telling you this guy is amazing. He is honest; he is straightforward; he is sincere; and the budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget."

These words are not from a Tea Party accountant, but from Erskine Bowles, the Democratic co-chair of Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, praising Ryan and his budget plan during a lecture at the University of North Carolina last September.

If the Republican prospective vice-presidential nominee received this kind of praise from a high-level official of the Democratic party, all I can say is: We're in for an interesting few months until the November election.

At least, don't expect to see what we saw four years ago, when the mainstream media easily humiliated an inexperienced Sarah Palin, who, I may add, made herself quite easy to humiliate.

Now, we have liberal pundits like Roger Cohen of The New York Times calling Ryan a "genial guy" and writing things like: "I applaud the Ryan pick because it places front and center what the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, has called the greatest long-term threat to America's national security: its debt.


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"A country in ever greater hock to the Chinese, unable to invest in its schools, vulnerable to creditors pulling the plug, will not resist decline in the 21st century."

This election, Cohen writes, "is going to involve an ideological battle - over the size of government, the extent of Americans' obligations to one another, even the soul of the country - that is no less than the United States deserves."

As he puts it, "This election is about American revival, stupid."

The question is: Will we allow it? Will we allow ourselves to have the serious ideological debate this country deserves, or will we continue to throw mud at our opponents in order to undermine them?

I don't know about you, but I'm going for the mud.

For starters, I'm throwing mud at all those fear merchants who are trying to convince old folks in Florida that the Ryan budget will "end their Medicare as we know it." That's hogwash, and they know it. In the latest Ryan plan, everyone age 55 and older remains in the current Medicare system.

I'm also throwing mud at those class warriors who accuse Ryan of letting the wealthy off the hook, as if they don't pay their fair share of taxes. Actually, they pay more than that: According to the Congressional Budget Office, the top 1 percent paid 28.1 percent of the federal tax burden in 2007; and with Ryan's proposed elimination of tax loopholes, they'll pay even more.

I'd be remiss if I didn't throw mud at those fantasy merchants who harp against domestic spending cuts of any kind, without ever mentioning that current spending levels are unsustainable. As Yuval Levin writes in National Review Online:

"The United States government is now on track for an unprecedented fiscal disaster - with debt quickly surpassing the size of our GDP and reaching twice that size in the coming decades, crushing any chance for robust growth. It is also a fact that the rising cost of Medicare is at the very heart of that disaster."

Those fantasy merchants should heed the words of President Obama himself: "If you look at the numbers, then Medicare in particular will run out of money and we will not be able to sustain that program no matter how much taxes go up."

Of course, it is a Jewish value to care for the poor and the downtrodden. Liberal Slate editor Jacob Weisberg says that Ryan is not a "heartless ideologue," which might explain why Ryan says his plan "strengthens the safety net by returning power to the states, which are in the best position to tailor assistance to their specific populations."

In any event, we can't ignore other Jewish values, like living within our means and confronting difficult truths. You can disagree with Paul Ryan's budget and ideology, but you can't deny that this man has the courage to confront difficult truths.

That's why I have some mud left for commentators who always grumble that politicians are serial panderers who tell us only what we want to hear, but then, when they finally meet a politician with the courage to tell us the truth, all they can say is: Dumb political move!

Yes, it's certainly a dumb political move to remind America that it is broke, out of shape and has an advanced case of diabetes, and that if the country doesn't make drastic changes to its budget and lifestyle, we should expect a disaster down the road.

It's easy to assume that voters are like children - just promise them sugar without pain and you'll get their votes. I don't make that assumption. Perhaps it's time voters of all political stripes wake up and send a loud message to Washington: We can handle the truth, even if it means pain and sacrifice.

As far as those bubbes and zaydes in Florida are concerned, maybe we should ask them: Do you want to leave to your children and grandchildren a country that, as Roger Cohen says, is "in ever greater hock to the Chinese, unable to invest in its schools, [and] vulnerable to creditors pulling the plug"?

Paul Ryan, the man Erskine Bowles calls honest, straightforward and sincere, is sticking his neck out and forcing America to confront its chronic illness.

If you have a better prescription, let's see it. Just don't act as if it's only a headache.

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David Suissa is the founder and CEO of Suissa Miller Advertising, a $300 million marketing firm named "Agency of the Year" by USA Today that attracts clients like Heinz, Dole, McDonalds, Princess Cruises, Charles Schwab and Acura. Suissa's writings on advertising have been published in several publications including the Los Angeles Times and Advertising Age. He is also a columnist for the Jewish Journal in Los Angeles.

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