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 March 24, 2010 / 9 Nissan 5770

Triumphal March Atop Rumbling Volcano

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Have you ever seen a more gleeful bunch of politicians than the Democratic leadership of the House as they prepared to ram the health-care bill or bills into law? Nancy Pelosi, Speaker and Precinct Captain of the House, led all the rest, swinging an outsized gavel as if it were an ax. A picture is worth a thousand words — no, make that 400,000 — words. Which is roughly the size of the health bill and encyclopedia just enacted into confusing law.

The smiling faces brought to mind a group of Roman solons marching triumphantly toward Vesuvius. Because this debate in Congress, which finally closed in the midnight hours Sunday, has just begun out in the country. Can you hear the rumbling underneath the political surface? And the electoral tsunami waiting to be unleashed?

The long night was over at the Capitol, but in America dawn was coming. By its early light we'll all be able to explore more of the nooks and crannies, special exemptions and sweetheart deals in this rambling hodgepodge of a bill. Waiting to be uncovered: more taxes, fees, regulations and extra-special favors for selected locales, labor unions and pet projects. Is the Louisiana Purchase still in the bill? The Cornhusker Kickback? The special exception for this bank or that special interest? It may take months or even years to find them all. What other delightful surprises lay hidden in the wrapping of this ticking package?

And what additional feats of parliamentary legerdemain await in the U.S. Senate? Will there be one or two bills for the president to sign at the end of the process? Or do I hear three from the next bidder? Why not? The rails are greased. There was a time in the republic's ancient past when the Senate was still considered a deliberative body. It is long past.

The die was cast, which is how the Romans might say the fix was in, once the 60th vote cut off debate in the Senate. After that, everything was over but the shouting and deal-making in the House. And now those blue-dog Democrats who voted for it will get to spend most of this election year defending and/or explaining away their role in this dodgy production.

Oh, the twists and turns and head fakes and political feints to come! The blue dogs who went along with this gigantic sleight-of-legislation will outdo old Crazylegs Hirsch of the Rams at running around the opposition.

Letter from JWR publisher

The crucial votes in Congress may be over, but the public debate has just begun. And maybe the blue dogs who went for Obamacare will wind up on the winning side of this debate, too. You can fool a lot of the people a lot of the time. Who knows, Americans may be just dying to have government take over our health care. Stay tuned. Especially come Tuesday night, November 2nd, as the results of the congressional elections begin to pour in.

A lot of funny figures were used to get this bill past the scrutiny of the Congressional Budget Office. How long before they become, to borrow a Nixonian term, inoperative? Is the same Congress that passed this piece of work really going to slash Medicare and reimbursements payments for doctors and hospitals across the country? That'll be the self-defeating day.

This health-care reform could prove even more popular than HIPAA in medical circles. (That's the great reform that keeps you from finding friends and relations once they've entered the recesses of a hospital.) Slowly, more and more is sure to be learned about just what is contained in this health-care bill in a poke. Welcome to the age of deem-and-pass, pronounced Demon Pass.

The nation has a new guiding principle: Vote first, debate later. The words of Speaker Pelosi could serve as the motto of this Congress: "We have to pass the bill, so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy."

Away from the fog of controversy. Beautiful. What a perfect encapsulation of the spirit — or spiritlessness — of this whole effort to reform, deform and mainly complicate the country's health-care system. Open, democratic debate now is just a fog to be brushed away. Our betters have decided what is best for is. And we'll all be thankful they did. We citizen-patients are to adopt an air of quiet resignation; it's time to brush away any controversy.

But something about that deep rumbling out in the country says We the People have only begun to controvert. To quote a prominent Republican, "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it." — A. Lincoln. The House now has cast its vote. We the People get to cast ours in November.

Paul Greenberg Archives

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Send your comments by clicking here.

© 2006 Tribune Media Services, Inc.