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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 Oct. 19, 2010 / 11 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

The poisonous elixir from the Europeans

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The French like to think their country and culture is unique, though no one has ever called it, as Lincoln did of the United States, "the last best hope of mankind." Nobody does cuisine, couture and the can-can better than the Parisians, but the dreaded work ethic smacks of the hated Anglo-Saxons.

Goons have pretty much shut down Paris, with the cops and students trading volleys of tear gas and gasoline bombs. The only bright spot Monday was the dwindling supplies of gasoline; when the pumps run dry, there won't be any more Molotov cocktails to throw at the cops.

The foreign airlines have been told to top off their tanks before taking off to France because they won't find fuel for a return trip. Thousands of gasoline stations have already run dry. "Youths," as young goons (some of whom look to be decades beyond their barefoot years) are referred to in the kind and gentle way, are turning violent, as they are always eager to do when they can manufacture a provocation. In Lyon, they fought for social justice on Monday by smashing bus shelters, tossing a gasoline bomb at a school in the Paris suburb of Combes-la-Ville, blocking traffic at the Paris Town Hall and on the Champs-Elysees, looting restaurants and burning cars. Burning cars has become the national sport of France, uniting Muslim and infidel in pyrotechnic solidarity, if only for the moment. (The national soccer team is usually bounced out of the World Cup early, but nobody can torch a Citroen better than a French layabout.) Truck drivers and railway workers are joining the protests, and France will soon be isolated to marinate au jus. (But who marinates better than a French chef?) The riots are expected to go nationwide Tuesday, and already many trains have been canceled, and half the flights to Paris have been deleted from the arrival boards at Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports.

What could unite the fractious French nation in such a pious fury? A foreign army must be marching at the gates of Paris, a government is about to fall to a revolutionary mob and the guillotines have been filed to a razor's edge, or a foreign visitor has innocently mispronounced the name of a celebrated sauce for the Christmas goose. Alas, it's far worse than that: They're rioting in the streets for the right to retire early from jobs they don't have. The rioters, led by the Socialists, want to continue to retire at 60 and start drawing generous government welfare benefits, despite the fact that workers are living longer and the pension system is creaking and cracking under the financial strain. The government wants to raise the minimum retirement age to 62 and the full retirement age to 67.

"We have a prime minister who thinks he is a Churchill," complains the deputy leader of the Socialists, "but he is only Thatcher." (This was probably not intended as a compliment to the Iron Lady, who turned things around in Britain in that other century.) "He is trying to make us think he is carrying out great reforms to save our economy, but in fact he is smashing our social model."

It's the social model that's the problem, of course, and the Socialists want to fix it by raising taxes and punishing capital. President Nicolas Sarkozy vows that the reform of the retirement scheme will be enacted, strikes and riots or not. But the French, addicted to the narcotic of government largesse, react to reform with the mindless rage of a crackhead.

This is the social model beloved by Barack Obama, who speaks wistfully of turning America into a little Europe, only more so. The president is looking to Europe for a model, just when bills are coming due in Paris and Berlin, and the Europeans can't figure out how to pay them. Mr. Obama wants to improve things by spending more money he doesn't have just when Europe is realizing that it has been there, done that.

The fundamental belief that Mr. Obama neither shares nor understands is that Americans from the founding have understood that economic prosperity is fundamentally the responsibility of the individual. This goes sharply against the mishmash multicultural collectivist tax and tax, spend and spend European worldview from which the president sprang. Most Americans, as this congressional campaign eloquently demonstrates, are terrified at the prospect of losing this pact of head and heart that has bound us together as a nation. Once we lose that, and become just like Europe, we'll have to learn to mix a Molotov cocktail and start burning cars.

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