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

GOP wins in showdown

By Ron Hart

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The resounding win by the Republicans in November holds the promise of getting some control on spending in Washington. It seems, for the moment, that Congress is focusing on this goal, thanks to its members' feet being held to the fire by the Tea Party.

Like the 2006 election, the 2010 mid-terms were decided by the only growing bloc of voters, independents and libertarians (up from 19 percent in 1970 to about 29 percent in 2010), who swung the election decisively to the GOP this year.

Democrats did not get the message. They continued their pork-laden ways by stuffing the next two spending bills like Michael Moore's mouth on Thanksgiving. It is like getting caught stealing at Wal-Mart and, while being held in the security guard's office waiting for the police, trying to steal some of his stuff, too. And "Dingy Harry" Reid of Nevada keeps stealing even after the store alarm has gone off, knowing the cops won't be there till Jan. 3.

When the Democrats took over Congress in 2006, the approval rating of that august body was only 31 percent. Nancy Pelosi said she wanted to reverse that, and she did. It is now 13 percent.

Some call the Democrats socialists, but I think it is worse than that. Centrally controlled countries like Cuba guarantee everyone a job, a troubling prospect for most Democrat moochers who prefer to sit at home and get a check from the government. And no one will lend Cuba any money, so it cannot run up massive deficits while giving everything away to the hitchhikers of society.

Much of the Obama economic team has resigned. This shocked people; Obama has an economics team?

Even the head of his Budget Office, Peter Orszag, quit. Good riddance, since he squandered his credibility fiddling with Obamacare's costs so Congress would pass it. After that, he spent most of his time deciding whether "gazillion" or "bazillion" should come after "trillion."

Orszag accomplished what he came to Washington to do. He married a hot Good Morning America co-host who is four pay grades above his non-D.C. dating level. This is why I call Washington, D.C. "Hollywood for ugly people." Where else could this happen? I know Henry Kissinger said "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac," but Orszag must also have slipped his lady a mickey and some ecstasy.

Obama was forced to withdraw support for the biggest tax increase in history and agree instead to the Bush-era tax rate extension. As he always does, he blamed others by accusing the GOP of "holding the American middle class hostage." Since they are "holding Americans hostage," maybe Obama will say he voted for the measure because he suffered from Stockholm Syndrome. He, of course, is the hero in his own mind who rescued the fictitious hostages. I bet the Nobel Prize committee took notice. I smell an Oscar.

Poor leadership, rising gas prices, a poor economy and high unemployment make Obama seem just like Jimmy Carter. Now we have a "hostage" situation and problems with Russia over nuclear missiles. All that's left is a revival of Emerson, Lake and Palmer to make it deja vu all over again.

Running a $14 trillion dollar economy is much harder than community organizing. Obama is a product of the Illinois Democrat political machine that, per 60 Minutes on Dec. 19, rules a state on the edge of default. They owe many state vendors and are $5 billion in arrears.

Speaking of "in arrears," Barney Frank has dug a trillion dollar hole for us with his oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Democrats are awful economic stewards.

Taking a lesson from Bill Clinton, by backing the Bush-era tax rate continuation and not insisting on the biggest tax increase in history, Obama may have rescued his chestnuts from an open fire. The economy will recover, it always does, and Obama will try to take the credit. Always a revisionist of history, if it does not turn around by the 2012 election, he will once again blame the Republicans. Nothing would surprise me coming from a man who said he "created or saved millions of jobs" yet ran the unemployment rate up to 10 percent.

He is learning from Clinton and Bush to govern from the middle in order to be reelected. Next on his agenda is a sex scandal with an intern and invading the wrong country!



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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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