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 Sept. 7, 2011 / 8 Elul, 5771

Uncertainty is enemy No. 1

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | All who realize how disastrous Obama's economic policies have been and what a terrible effect they are having on our economy expected August's net job-creation numbers to be low. Few thought they would be nil.

Buried within the data is a micro-statistic symptomatic of what is happening in all sectors of the economy. In August, the economy lost 30,000 healthcare jobs, a drop from its recent monthly increments of 10,000 to 15,000 and well down from historical norms of 30,000 new healthcare jobs each month.

Why should healthcare jobs be down? It cannot be due to lax consumer demand. People are still getting sick and most healthcare is funded by third-party reimbursement: half from the government and half from private health insurance companies. Weak personal income, the unavailability of credit or a lack of confidence in the economy's future — the usual suspects when a sector loses jobs — are not relevant to this industry. People are still getting sick and needing care, and government cutbacks in reimbursement have yet really to set in. So why are jobs down?

It is simply because the industry is traumatized and terrified by the impact of ObamaCare. No one knows what the reimbursement rates will be or what restrictions will be imposed on facility construction or utilization. Nobody can plan ahead. This regulatory nightmare is the direct result of the ambitious scope of ObamaCare. So no new jobs are being created, and 30,000 were lost last month.

Healthcare is but a microcosm of what is happening throughout the economy.

Manufacturing is not hiring because of the threat of EPA regulation.

The energy sector is paralyzed by federal restrictions on drilling, looming federal regulation of fracking and possible restrictions on the pipeline for tar sand oil.

The small-business sector can't get credit because community and small banks are afraid to lend. With the FDIC closing these banks at the rate of over 200 a year and forcing their merger into larger institutions, local bankers are fearful of lending to local businesses. Ten percent of the nation's community banks are on the FDIC watch list waiting for their turn at the financial guillotine. This is no environment for encouraging lending.

Businesses of all stripes live in fear of unionization. With 93 percent of the private sector union-free, the new rules being imposed by the National Labor Relations Board induce hesitancy and great trepidation among private employers in all sectors.

And consumers, particularly those in upper brackets, are afraid of possible federal tax increases once the Bush tax cuts expire in December 2012. With the top 2 percent of earners accounting for one-third of consumer demand, their insecurity is a significant drag on the economy.

In area after area, the efforts at social reform this administration has undertaken are blocking recovery from the recession. And at the same time, the macro policies of the Obama presidency are getting in the way of micro stimulus programs. He may propose, in Thursday's speech, incentives to small-business lending, but the Dodd-Frank regulatory environment will stop businesses from taking advantage of it. He might offer favorable tax treatment to manufacturers, but fear of the EPA and the NLRB will force employers to remain on the sidelines.

Particularly worrying is Obama's coming proposal for an infrastructure bank that would be able to borrow money without congressional approval to fund allegedly revenue-producing road and bridge construction. Even though these bonds would not be federally guaranteed legally, they will live in the in-between netherworld that Fannie Mae pioneered. But with highway mileage down and gas prices up, toll revenues are not likely to keep pace with construction activity. So defaults on the debt of the new agency are likely and, again, as with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the taxpayers will end up paying off the debt.

In each sector of the economy, Obama's policies are contradicting one another and vitiating any effort at economic recovery.


Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.


Click HERE to purchase it at a 46% discount. (Sales help fund JWR.).

Comment by clicking here.

Dick Morris Archives

© 2009, Dick Morris