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 Nov. 19, 2012/ 5 Kislev 5773

Beware of gifts and grand bargains

By Charles Payne

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The stock market continues to send a message to Washington that it's not going to tolerate a protracted battle over the fiscal cliff. Memories of the debt ceiling battle, which ironically gave birth to this fiasco, are haunting investors.

The year began with gusto with the Dow coming into 2011 at 11,569, and moving mostly straight up to 12,724 by July 21. Then anxiety overcame the market. There was talk of America not paying its bills. There was talk of America not providing vital services. There was talk of disaster and calamity. The talk turned into screams.

July 31, an agreement is reached; August 2, agreement signed into law by President Obama;

August 5, S&P downgrades America's debt rating from AAA (the Dow closed earlier at 11,444); August 8, the market opens to a bloodbath finishing the session at 10,802

The rest of the summer was marked by violent volatility in stocks, anger and confusion on Main Street and Wall Street. The market didn't come out of it until a dip on November 23 left the Dow at 11,257 after the index dipped down to 10,655 in October.

According to Gallup, 71% of Americans are following the fiscal cliff somewhat to very closely. It's hard to believe we are actually beginning to relive that summer. The Dow is now not only serving as a harbinger of things to possibly come, but also acting much like the bond market used to act as a mechanism to force the hands of Washington and to push lawmakers over their own personal cliffs before they allow the nation to tumble over the fiscal cliff.

On that note, action must be taken on spending more than anything else.

I simply think increasing revenue, a euphemism from Democrats to raise taxes, isn't going to make things "right" nor get to the heart of the matter. This isn't about helping the masses, but a punitive action that will only help to build an all-powerful federal government that we could worship and succumb to at the same time.

I get that most Americans don't understand, or see beyond the simple rhetoric of fairness, but there has to be a stand against more "gifts" in these grand, and not-so-grand, bargains. So the stock market tries to force Washington to do something, yet there is nervousness about an outcome that severely harms investments, the profit-motivation and, of course, the overall economy.

Two days ago Governor Romney pinned his presidential-election loss on Obama's "gifts" to blacks, Hispanics, and young people.

"In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,"- Romney

I think his conference call underscores why he lost and why the GOP is in trouble. This constant chatter about certain people wanting free stuff is silly, everyone likes free stuff, and everyone likes "gifts." The thing is to evaluate those would-be "gifts" and understand if they're really good for you or not. In other words, Romney had to explain to the public how those wooden horses in the end aren't "gifts" but are really curses.

"a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift"
Using taxpayer money to reward any particular group establishes precedence that repeats itself over and over. If you get to skip out on $20,000 in interest now, in ten years you'll pay someone else's loan, and that might be $40,000.

"anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people"
Staying in your parents' basement until age 27 means the youth will lack the development of skills and spunk, which will hurt their earning power for a lifetime-it is really a curse.

"getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity - I mean, this is huge,"
Would you rather live a life of qualifying for free health care or live a life earning too much to get such aid, and do you want your children growing up wards of the state?

There is a difference between being generous and loving as a nation and creating traps that make us less competitive and mask the inability of government to provide the right kind of backdrop that allows all Americans a shot at economic independence. These gifts are the same that trapped Greece into becoming a fraction of what it was, a place living off the psychical ruins of its past because all those goodies doomed the future.

In the end, they say G0D bless the child that's got his own. America will always be there to help the unfortunate, but the biggest help is teaching them how to fish, giving them a big lake, and saying go live life. Go enjoy real independence, and beware of gifts that leave you at the mercy of government.

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Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.

© 2012, Charles V. Payne