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December 2, 2014

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 Aug 14, 2012 / 26 Menachem-Av, 5772

A man of ideas, and who is clear about them

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This Mitt Romney means business, in more than one sense of the word. He has just chosen the most businesslike member of Congress as his running mate. Not only is Paul Ryan a serious man, a man of ideas, but he's had the courage to put them into specific form, complete with numbers and goals, and let the American people be the judge. And invite the opposition to take its best shot.

This must be why Paul Ryan is regularly described as "controversial," which is supposed to be a criticism. As if anybody with ideas, convictions and the courage to fight for them wouldn't be controversial. Ronald Reagan was controversial, too. So was Winston Churchill, who could recognize a mounting danger when he saw one. It was Neville Chamberlain who was the safe choice, when of course his kind of "safety" was the riskiest course of all to follow.

It was only fitting that Paul Ryan's selection for the vice-presidential slot on his party's ticket should be announced aboard a battleship -- the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk harbor. The man fights for what he believes, and, at least as important, explains just how he would put those beliefs into practice. And turn this country around. Back to basic ideas -- prudence, patience, economy, constancy of purpose, faith in freedom....

Putting out clear ideas, complete with goals and numbers, is no way to court public favor. Not when cagier politicians stick with platitudes, take no chances, drift with the times. But not Paul Ryan of Janesville, Wis. A seven-term congressman, he's chairman of the House Budget Committee, which figures. He'll be the only candidate on a national ticket who's actually proposed a serious, detailed federal budget within the past three years. This president certainly hasn't, let alone passed one.

The federal government continues to operate budgetless under this president, which is clear enough from the record $15-trillion-plus national debt. Something's got to give, but all our president seems to do is give speeches, the gist of which is that it's all somebody else's fault, usually those dratted Republicans.

Paul Ryan dares talk not just sense to the American people but dollars-and-cents. As in the Ryan Plan. You may not like what you hear -- fiscal reality isn't always easy to face. You may not agree with his ideas, but there's no denying he's been up-front about them. Clear, specific, detailed. Nor is there any denying where the country is headed if current trends continue. Right over a fiscal cliff.

Fiscal trends aren't just fiscal in their effect. They have social, political and moral consequences. Essential programs -- from defense to Social Security and Medicare and everything in between -- grow unsustainable. Passing on vast debt to future generations isn't just irresponsible but immoral. Wasn't there a time when the purpose of government in America was to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" -- but who now mentions posterity, or considers the size of the burden we're saddling it with?

Instead, we're supposed to settle for things as they are and are becoming, to act as if there's really nothing to be done but to stay the disastrous course. That's not Paul Ryan's way, never has been. Which is why he's been a constant affront all these years to those politicians who would rather drift than reverse course. As he put it aboard the Wisconsin when he made his first appearance as his party's vice-presidential nominee to be:

"No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his first two years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn't make things better. In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair. This is the worst economic recovery in 70 years. Unemployment has been above 8 percent for more than three years, the longest run since the Great Depression....

"Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuses, this is a record of failure. President Obama, and too many like him in Washington, have refused to make difficult decisions because they are more worried about their next election than they are about the next generation. We might have been able to get away with that before, but not now. We're in a different, and dangerous, moment. We're running out of time. ... I hear some people say that this is just the New Normal. High unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is not a new normal. It's the result of misguided policies."

Anyone can sense how this administration has failed and is now only flailing, how it is substituting the politics of resentment for the politics of ideas, personal attacks for civil discourse. Hope and Change gave way some time ago to fear and inertia.

But some of us still believe in the American Dream, and we don't believe that America was built by some vague collectivity -- rather than individuals with their own individual ideas, talents, dedication, successes and, yes, failures.

For whatever America is now or will be in the future, whatever it has meant or will mean, we built it, not some blank collection of Julias, that cartoon figure the Obama campaign has chosen to represent the American people. Much like Julia, we are to be assured of security from the cradle to the grave, and guaranteed a life unmarked by struggle, protected at every stage of a cushioned existence from the dangers and terrors of freedom.

The message of Julia's story is clear enough: Who would want to subject this poor girl to the rigors of life in the wilderness, where there's no guarantee of safety, where wild beasts prowl and she might have to find her own way, cross deserts and climb mountains, and, worst of all, make her own decisions? Better to stick with the fleshpots of Egypt, and know she'll always be taken care of. Why take risks? Better to accept what is, and drift.

Paul Ryan says different, thinks different. He understands that the safety net so long and arduously built by previous generations is now endangered not by some direct, frontal assault but by the slow creep of our own dependence on government for all the answers. We grow passive in the warm embrace of bureaucracy, with more of the same ahead. This has been going on for years now. Do you like the results? They're certainly plain to see. Or have you had enough?

This election year the American people have been given a choice, not one more echo of a failed policy. Paul Ryan made his choice years ago. The American people will make its Tuesday, November 6.

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