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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 May 22, 2009 / 28 Iyar 5769

Shattering illusions in California

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | California is the beta state, where everything new is tried and then exported, true or not. Rap, rock, lavender love, student riots, Arianna Huffington, hot rods and the Hula Hoop. Ronald Reagan and the tax revolt. The illusion that you can have it all, and somebody else will pay for it. This week California's voters offered a view of what happens when big government finally grinds to a noisy halt. Barack Obama could take note.

The state of California, alas, is busted. Broke. Down and out in Beverly Hills. Empty pockets in the sunshine. The Golden Gate, once the magnet that sent millions of Americans rattling westward, first in covered wagons, later in jalopies or "riding the thumb," opens now only to the prospect of the bankruptcy court.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put five proposals to "solve" the state's $21.3 billion budget deficit on the ballot for a decision by Californians, a bilious stew of new and "enhanced" taxes, some called taxes and other taxes called "user fees." Californians voted down all five of them. The only ballot initiative to survive, the sixth of the day, was a mandate to prevent elected officials from helping themselves to raises during times of "fiscal distress," or what the rest of us call "hard times," or times such as these. You can be sure that this one was not put on the ballot by elected officials, because on the sobering morning after the state Citizens Compensation Commission promptly approved cutting salaries of elected officials by 18 percent.

The vote was not close. All five government-issue proposals were knocked down by margins of 2 to 1. The proposal to limit raises to elected officials was approved by almost 3 to 1. But the effect of this slap in the face of the elected officials, accompanied by a swift kick in the pants, was only semi-salutary. The Democrats who control both houses of the state Legislature said the right things.

"Whatever needs to be done, you do it," said the speaker of the assembly. "We're going to put everything on the table." Her counterpart in the state Senate glumly agreed: "The people were telling us, 'Don't bring this problem to our doorstep.' We're going to cut. We're not shying away from that." What else could they say?

But there was quickly a move put afoot to show uppity voters a thing or two. Some of the pols think the solution to the California dilemma is to fix it so the voters will no longer have a say about the when, why and wherefore of raising taxes. California's scheme of referendums, enabling citizens to put questions on the ballot, is enshrined in a state constitution adopted 130 years ago, long before political officeholders came to imagine themselves as American royalty, tempted to rule by decree when they can get away with it.

The Public Policy Institute, which describes itself as "a nonpartisan polling organization," quickly stepped up with a poll that it says shows that 2 out of 3 Californians want to "alter" the state constitution. "The majority of Californians say the state is headed in the wrong direction," the president of the institute told the Los Angeles Times. "I think we could be at a crossroads here. People in California don't feel they have the government we need in the 21st century." But nothing in the results of actual voting suggests that such a think-tank prescription is what angry Californians have in mind for direction-changing.

Everybody expects to be "stimulated" now, and Mr. Schwarzenegger is counting on the feds to bail him out. He fled California on the day of the vote to be in Washington as part of the backdrop for President Obama's announcement that he will henceforth design cars for Detroit, to mandate fuel economies for which there is no technology available short of putting us all in cute little cars built by Fiat.

The governor, clearly affronted by the public spanking, retreated to the traditional threat of cornered pols to close the fire stations and orphanages and cancel Christmas. Specifically, he announced plans to terminate 5,000 of the 235,000 state employees, terminate spending for schools by $5 billion, terminate certain state-owned real estate, terminate a shortfall by borrowing $2 billion from city and county governments, terminate eligibility for certain health care programs, terminate the prison sentences of 19,000 illegal immigrants and send them home and terminate the residence of 23,000 state-prison inmates and transfer them to county jails.

That's a lot of terminating, even for The Terminator. But when the chickens straggle home, somebody has to find them a roost.

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