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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 Nov 4, 2011 / 7 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Political tipping point is coming

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's hooey all over the map, mainly from President Barack Obama, but from Republicans, too, and the tipping point cometh if there's not some give someplace soon, starting with the White House. The politicos there have great compassion, at least for their chief, seemingly putting his re-election over national recovery.

Thus it was that Obama made it sound like Congress was loath to pass trade treaties with Colombia, Panama and South Korea that would add thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the economy. Truth, anyone? While Congress was eager to get going, the president had been sitting on these treaties for almost three years, looking over his shoulder at some union friends who didn't like them one bit.

From their perspective, there was reason to gripe. While trade gives a lot, it also can take away. Almost inevitably, some people will be left at least temporarily jobless by major exporting, importing and investment initiatives.

But the only way to keep everything in place forever is to stagnate -- no more new technology, no new trade, no growth, no net job gains, just limp-along status quo, if you're that lucky. For the economy, the treaties were going to mean an overall boon, and they probably still will. But the delay has had South Koreans fighting over ratification while Colombia has entered deals with China, meaning somewhat fewer opportunities may flow our way.

Nevertheless, Obama did climb out of bed one morning and sent the treaties to Congress for action. Now he is finally getting serious about our debt, isn't he? If we don't reduce it over the next 10 years -- substantially, with spending cuts at the heart of it -- the chances for a turnaround are somewhere between meager and zilch, and it will be his leadership that left us wanting.

He's got to know that, especially since he once shrugged his shoulders at his own debt commission's recommendations, putting forth a totally inane, irresponsible budget that even he quit defending prior to the Senate voting it down 97 to 0. Members of that commission were at it again before Congress the other day, saying that, at a minimum, we had to reduce deficits by $4 trillion and come up with some bold moves to accomplish that end.

Not the least of them was flattening the federal income tax and reducing the corporate tax. At the same time, we'd get rid of many deductions (aka loopholes) for both tax systems, a reform raising revenues to accompany a start on revamping Medicare and Social Security. It's a grand compromise that ought to bring everyone to the table, except that too many Democrats and Republicans are scooting their chairs backward.

Ultimately, either they care about America and are prepared to do something, or they ought to return to private affairs. The same goes for a president who seems to think repeating the word "infrastructure" over and over again will win him the mama-and-apple-pie vote. Maybe we should spend more on roads and bridges and maybe that will put more people to work, but the reason infrastructure is such a mess is that we've repeatedly had the same kind of klutzy pork spending that kept Obama's trillion-dollar stimulus from stimulating much of anything.

One conservative suggestion is yes, let's spend more, but let's take the money from some of the silly, pointless projects out there and let's make sure this money is directed wisely. Yes, let's do that -- a good way to get the Republican votes you want, Mr. President. If that's too much to ask, could you at least abandon ethanol subsidies and mandates that contribute to high food prices while a record 45.8 million Americans are on food stamps? Or maybe get rid of that health-care program scaring businesses from expanding?

I guess not. Is that the tipping point I see?

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:

11/02/11: Idealogues versus 7 billion

10/28/11: Obama games on student loans

10/26/11: Wit and quick moves v. humanity and thoroughgoing honesty? It's no contest —- or at least shouldn't be

10/07/11: Baptists, bootleggers and Wall Street protesters

10/05/11: Federal law will get you even if you watch out

09/28/11: Leftist bugbears on the march

09/23/11: Still hope for coal to help us

09/21/11: Obama's Madoff ploy

09/19/11: U.S. can't afford to wait until it happens

09/14/11: Defending -- and strengthening -- gung ho collectivism

09/12/11: A pipeline to better times

09/08/11: Obama just keeps destroying jobs

09/06/11: Ultra-feminists thwarting justice

08/31/11: Corporations are people? Yes, Count the ways

08/26/11: What an earthquake tells us about debt

08/25/11: The tyranny of scientific consensus

08/23/11: Fracking hardly a public health threat

08/17/11: Why Obamacare won't control births

08/15/11: Balanced budget amendment unbalanced idea

08/10/11: Kerry's war on citizen speech

08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers

08/03/11: The people who may save America

07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ

07/27/11: The threat behind the debt

07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing

07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse

07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling

07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly

07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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