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. 5, 2013/ 2 Kislev, 5774

Hubris has met Nemesis

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's the most breathtaking lie in the history of American politics, the dirtiest trick a president and his political party have ever played on the people they were elected to represent.

In June of 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that as a consequence of Obamacare, 66 percent of those covered by small employer plans and 45 percent of those covered by large employer plans would have their health insurance cancelled. So would "40 to 67 percent" of those who had individual health insurance policies. That adds up to 93 million Americans, calculated Avik Roy, the health care expert for the Manhattan Institute.

President Barack Obama knew. So did senior Democrats in Congress. Yet both promised Americans over and over that "if you like your health insurance, you can keep it."

This was a bald-faced lie.

Remember when President Obama said Obamacare would reduce insurance premiums for the average American family by $2,500 a year? That was a lie, too.

Most who'll keep their health insurance will have to pay more. Rates for young men will rise, on average, by 99 percent, a study by the Manhattan Institute in September estimated. For young women, rates will climb between 55 and 62 percent.

A more recent study by the American Action Forum indicated premiums for Americans aged 18 to 35 will rise from an average of $62 a month to an average of $187.08 a month, a 202 percent increase. (Increases vary considerably from state to state, depending on how the state regulates insurance companies.)

For some, the rate hikes are much higher. NBC News broadcast an interview with a small businessman in North Carolina whose new premium will be 400 percent more.

Jennifer Most, a disabled mother in Allentown, Pennsylvania who lives on a fixed income, will have her health insurance premium rise from less than $200 a month to $947.63. It'll force her to choose between health insurance and "putting food on the table," she told a local tv station.

Often before, political leaders have made mistakes which inadvertently have caused Americans pain. Never before has a president and his party conspired to do deliberately so much harm to so many.

Mr. Obama had to lie, his defenders in journalism say, because if he told the truth, Obamacare never would have passed.

Obamacare has so many serious, apparently irreparable flaws some suspect it was designed to fail.

"For all of the Affordable Care Act's technical problems, at least one part is working on schedule," said the editors of the Wall Street Journal. "The law is systematically dismantling the individual insurance market, as its architects intended from the start."

Those who share the Journal's suspicions say the president's secret goal is to have a health care system run completely by the government, as in Britain. Most Americans oppose this, so he can obtain his goal only by subterfuge.

I'm skeptical, in part because I doubt a president with such enormous self regard would subject himself to the scorn and ridicule Mr. Obama is receiving now on purpose; in part because I'm guided by Occam's Razor. Her "mortifying" testimony to the House Energy & Commerce Committee indicates HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius knows next to nothing about the law she's supposed to administer. The simplest explanation for why someone says and does stupid things is stupidity.

After offering additional reasons for skepticism, Bloomberg News economics writer Megan McArdle said: "Perhaps they did want single payer all along, in their secret heart of hearts, but it's ludicrous to think that they were capable of designing and pulling off a conspiracy of that magnitude."

I agree -- but Mr. Obama and his "team of sycophants" may have thought they could. Those more arrogant than intelligent tend to imagine themselves to be much more clever than in fact they are.

"Obamacare was supposed to be so utterly complex as to hide the blame for all of its failures, therefore allowing the government and its partners in the mainstream media to place all of the blame on the private insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, technology firms, and anyone that does not work for the federal government," said James Edwards, a medical malpractice attorney in Texas.

But "the rollout and website were such huge failures up front that even the old and sick who will tolerate the massive inconvenience of dealing with bureaucrats for endless hours can't buy coverage."

If Mr. Edwards is right, Hubris has met Nemesis.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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