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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 16, 2011 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The old truism about rank having its privileges probably still applies in many endeavors -- but not so much these days among the top-echelon retirees in the military who just aren't receiving the same fiscally deferential treatment from their old pals as they once did.

At least that's what the retired generals and admirals who used to make up the Pentagon's "senior mentor" service seem to feel about restrictions on the amount of money they can make, disclosure of their personal income, and other troublesome intrusions. The Defense Department's inspector general has released a report showing that where there were 355 generals and flag officers earning tidy sums for their advice a year ago, there are now only four.

This sort of "double dipping," it seems, has lost its cachet because one can now only make $86.10 an hour or a paltry maximum of $179,700 a year to counsel the current crop of Army, Navy or Marine Corps brass. A couple of years ago, according to a study done by USA Today, these dudes were dragging down $330 an hour. But that was before congressional and civilian watchdogs took exception and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates put a cap on the spending and made the mentors sign up as government employees instead of contractors who aren't subject to federal ethics laws.

Within a short time, most of the "retirees" had run for the nearest bunker or joined a military contractor from whom many had been receiving consulting pay anyway in addition to their government mentoring fees. In fact, before Gates' action, some mentors reportedly were paid to run war games that involved weapons systems made by the companies for whom they consulted. Do you remember President Dwight Eisenhower's warning about the military-industrial complex?

Obviously, all that new transparency, including having to file public financial reports, has not been worth the potential embarrassment it caused them. The Pentagon resisted pressure to disclose those in the program and preferred to keep the financial statements private but relented largely because media exposure brought congressional objections.

In his review, the inspector general found that in 2010 the Navy and Marines and three additional commands had 194 mentors. But by early 2011, only 11 had become government employees. Since then, seven of those have resigned, according to the IG report and USA Today. The Navy has no mentors today.

The military retirement pay and benefits for general officers is not unsubstantial, ranging from an annual $100,000 to $200,000, and most retire from active duty young enough to have lucrative careers after service. They often retire from high-paying civilian jobs with second pensions. Clearly, their expertise and contacts make them highly valuable and much in demand by defense contractors. Many earn enough to make their last military paycheck look paltry.

The retirees are also sought after as consultants by a variety of think tanks and, of course, the media. Top-ranking military officers frequently have been appointed to major civilian government posts. Gen. David Petraeus now runs the CIA, an assignment awarded other retired military officers in the past.

With national unemployment stubbornly running at the 9 percent level, $86 an hour has to look good to the average wage earner. Many would salivate. In fact, there are tens of thousands in the jobless category who possess qualifications in their chosen fields equal to that of the generals and admirals in theirs. Everyone has a couple of highly educated friends or acquaintances or relatives who are having trouble putting food on the table, often depending on a spouse's meager income while they hunt for a job.

Certainly the mentoring program is useful as long as it follows the guidelines established for transparency and pay. But the real problem lies in its potential for ethical abuse. Conflicts of interest and cronyism are clearly built into the system. Representing your new employer who does business with your old one and getting paid by both should raise everyone's hackles. It sounds like a scheme worked out by Tony Soprano.

The inspector general's report, with its startling statistics, makes it pretty clear that when the flares went up, the cry reverberating around the Pentagon was "incoming!" -- and the response was predictable.

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11/14//11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08//11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31//11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10//11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04//11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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