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 December 11, 2012/ 26 Kislev, 5773

Voting 'Present,' Part 3

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It seems that my idea of Republicans voting "present" and allowing Democrats and Obama to impose their socialist/Marxist agenda without restraint,
published November 9, is catching on.

From columnist Ann Coulter,
Nov. 28: "Republicans have got to make Obama own the economy. They should spend from now until the end of the congressional calendar reading aloud from Thomas Sowell, Richard Epstein, John Lott and Milton Friedman and explaining why Obama's high tax, massive regulation agenda spells doom for the nation. Then some Republicans can say: We think this is a bad idea, but Obama won the election and the media are poised to blame us for whatever happens next, so let's give his plan a whirl and see how the country likes it."

From ABC News, Dec. 3: "Under one variation of this Doomsday Plan, House Republicans would allow a vote on extending only the middle class tax cuts and Republicans, to express disapproval at the failure to extend all tax cuts, would vote 'present' on the bill, allowing it to pass entirely on Democratic votes."

From a Real Clear Politics interview with Senator Ran Paul, Dec. 6: "I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the party of just almost as high taxes."


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From BizPac Review, Dec. 7: "On his Friday radio broadcast, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh discussed the concept--to Vote present and let the Democrats take the heat. He first considered the idea as early as Nov. 29. 'The only leverage that I can see that [the Republicans] got," Limbaigh (sic) said on his radio program, 'is to back out of this and make sure that whatever happens, they don't have any fingerprints on it.'"

Limbaugh doesn't have a good memory. Jewish World Review published my column entitled, "Changing Demographics? More Like Enduring Ignorance" on
November 9th, along with a follow-up, Enduring Ignorance, Part 2 on
Nov. 14. Although I did not personally hear the show, several letter-writers who responded to the initial column told me Limbaugh discussed it on the air that same day. Here's a couple of paragraphs from that piece, just to refresh peoples' memories:

"...I have a suggestion for the Republicans, one they won't hear from anyone else: give Barry and Company everything they want, without an iota of resistance. Let 'em raise taxes and the debt ceiling, gut the military, and run up trillions of dollars of additional deficits and debt. Then stand back, and let an utterly corrupt media chronicle the demise--without being able to pin an ounce of the ensuing socialist catastrophe on an 'obstructionist' GOP."

"Harry Reid wants to end the filibuster? Tell him it won't be necessary. For the next four years, Republicans will do what a certain Senator from Illinois made a career of doing: they will simply vote 'present' on every bill put before them in both houses of Congress."

On Saturday night, I attended a small Christmas party. Everyone there was intelligent, successful and, at various moments, interested in discussing something other than small talk. All of them know what I do for a living. All of them were willing to listen to what I had to say. One of them had never heard of the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. Most of them knew next to nothing about Benghazi, especially the fact that the battle there last more than seven hours. None of them knew about the White House intel leaks that cost the Pakistani doctor who gave us the location of Bin Laden 33 years in prison; outed the fact that America and Israel were behind the Stuxnet computer virus that set back Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons; or put in danger the life of the British-Saudi double agent who alerted us to a more sophisticated version of an underwear bomb that would have taken down a jetliner full of innocent people. And boy oh boy, try explaining the Federal Reserve's debasement of our currency via quantitative easing, or anything else related to the economic consequences of $16 trillion of national debt, even to people who graduated from college.

Every one of these people voted in the election. And make no mistake: every one of these people are what the media are currently referring to as a "high information" voter.

So what do the "low-information" voters know? They "know" that all of America's problems are only one tax hike on the "rich" away from being completely solved.

So Republicans should give it to them--but not by dignifying the process with a yes or no vote. As I've said before, even a no vote would lend credence to a president and his party who have made it completely clear they see anyone who disagrees with them, not as equals expressing a different vision, but as people beneath contempt. This is nothing new. For decades, progressives have made it plain that anyone who disagrees with them are not just wrong, but inferior, evil, stupid, racist, etc.

It is now the time for anyone with a backbone or integrity to stop dignifying that nonsense.

Now, I'm not kidding myself. Those two adjectives don't even remotely apply to a substantial portion of the GOP, or the chattering classes, including some on the right, who have the ridiculous notion that political relevancy, even if it means utterly compromising one's principles, is the Republican party's only salvation.

What a steaming load of b.s. that is. Substitute the word "Nazi" or "Communist" for "Democrat" and tell me what "reaching out in the spirit of compromise" would have accomplished with respect to those two ideologies. The murder of 3 million Jews instead of 6 million? Enslaving half of Eastern Europe for 70-plus years, instead of all of it?

The most laughable thing about this recent election is that Barack Obama and Democrats got away with blaming George Bush and Republicans for putting us in a "hole so deep, they couldn't possibly repair the damage in only four years." For argument sake, let's assume that they're right. But when you cut through all the blather about "unnecessary" wars, ramping up the debt and deficits, unnecessary tax cuts for the rich, etc, etc., you know what they've really been blaming Bush and Republicans for?

Acting exactly like Democrats.

It was JFK who cut tax rates more than any other president, even as he got America into a war that killed 58,000 troops. It was Democrats who established Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and their oh-so-unsustainable trajectories. It was Democrats who insisted on turning ownership of a home into a de facto affirmative action program, with all the attendant economy-wrecking consequences. And it was--and is--Wall Street fat cats who have donated far more money to Democrats than Republicans, to protect their crony capitalist agenda.

Yet above all, it was Democrats who took a decent public school system and turned it into union sinkhole, forever promising "reform," even as it continued to turn out legions of the aforementioned low-information voters--without whom Democrats and their socialist/Marxist agenda would already be consigned to the ash heap of history. An American Thinker column written by Glenn Fairman reveals just how far into the depths we have descended. Working one day as a substitute teacher twenty years ago, he made the following observation:

"In a dusty corner shelf of the room was a set of thirty-year-old textbooks from the mid-1960s...I was astonished to find what I would now consider an upper-level college textbook (that) contained a very detailed understanding of political theory, constitutional law, macroeconomics, American history, and comparative political systems. I spent the rest of the day in slack-jawed amazement, perusing what a student in a working-class town was expected to know before the mavens of education began tinkering with the curricula of our schools," he wrote. He asked the regular teacher what was going on. "The teacher related to me that the current texts had been scaled down to what used to be a grammar-school understanding, and they carried within them a jaundiced view of America, preferring to accentuate the warts and blemishes rather than the achievements of our political system."

There comes a time when the best one can do is preserve that which made a society great, even as the majority of that society yearns, knowingly or otherwise, for their own destruction. We have reached that time. Americans voted for "more," and they don't give a damn how they get it, or where it comes from. It is a runaway freight train of ignorance, and the thinking for many, is that Republicans should stand on the tracks in front of it waving a lantern, because the bridge is out just around the bend.

Step aside. The sooner we crash, the sooner we can pick up the pieces. And above all, do not legitimize the insanity by simply voting against it. Americans need to see progressives in all of their unrestrained excess--and in full ownership of the consequences.

Once again: give the people what they want, until they can't stand it anymore.

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