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 August 16, 2013/ 10 Elul, 5773

Can GOPers choke off ObamaCare and win in '14?

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the first Godfather movie, Michael Corleone is teased by his older brother Sonny about his suggestion that he, the youngest Corleone, murder the crooked police captain. This cop was aiding the mobsters who tried knocking off their dad, the Godfather. Michael adroitly pointed out that in this case the copperhead was dirty and could easily be tied to the drug trade. Michael reminded Sonny that they had people on the payroll in the press that could savage the departed chief with stories of his corruption. (Wow! Doesn't that sound familiar!?)

The rookie gangster gets away with this brazen revenge, blasting the captain and the man who tried to kill his father in a double murder in an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn. The Corleone family and the Godfather are saved and go on to kill and maim their enemies, while taking over a good portion of the gambling business in Vegas. Don't you just love happy endings?

I come from a neighborhood so tough we have drive-by cheerleaders

Such is the dilemma of the Republican Party. The RINOS whine that Obamacare (OC) must be replaced with a Republican plan, as Rush adroitly pointed out today or funded in the next budget so it will be left to fall on its own obvious demerits.

Tea Partiers, heeding the pledges they were elected on in 2010 and 2012, insist on defunding OC in the budget they send to the Senate. RINOS, led by Senators McConnell, McCain and Graham argue that if the Republicans are seen as shutting down the government, they risk losing the House in 2014 and the presidency in '16. Worse, the President and Democratic Congress once again would govern without any balancing offset as they did the first two years of the Obama regime.

Most don't lose too often as much as quit too soon

But there are differences this time. The government shutdown of 1995 took place before Clinton's second term. The salient issues of spending too much on Medicare and education just don't measure up to the poll-proven hatred of OC. Then there's the fact that the Republicans ran Bob Dole, another nice guy veteran who was a terrible presidential candidate, just like Bush 1, McCain and Romney.

In fact, one of the requirements to run for the presidency and/or not be challenged in a primary should be whether or not a Congressman voted to defund OC.

Sometimes you have to put your foot down to get a leg up

To fund OC or not—that's the question. I realize that philosophically one might not want to upset the applecart. After all, it is the law. But that's the mastery of our Founding Fathers in their intricate structure of our checks and balances. Despite our power-philandering President, the Congress still maintains the right to fund the government — or not.

Like Michael Corleone, we can all see that circumstances beg for someone, anyone to have the common sense and cojones to put OC to sleep with the fish. Listed below are some of these current developments:

1. The senator who had the most influence on OC passing the Senate was Max Baucus. As recently as April, he referred to his bill as a "…train wreck." In an unrelated matter, Max announced he wasn't going to run for office again.

2. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed with Baucus and said a trillion dollars more taxes above what is called for in the bill itself will be needed to fix it.

3. Unions have figured out that being subject to OC was a terrible thing. They want out. If my memory serves me, unions were a large part of the base for Obama and the affordable health care plan.

4. In a Fox News Poll, 57% referred to the way OC is being rolled out is a joke.

5. Also, 63% of voters believe OC needs to be changed. That's up from 58% just a year ago.

6. Republicans who think the law should be changed remained steady at 84%.

7. Voters call OC either "disastrous" or "a step backwards" at the rate of 53%.

8. OC will raise taxes according to 71% of those polled.

9. Sixty-two percent believe OC will increase their premiums.

10. Sixty-five percent believe OC will add to the federal deficit.

11. There is no way the exchanges will open as scheduled on October 1 of this year as up to 26 states have legally opted out of participating.

12. Major insurance companies like Aetna, United and Blue Cross/Blue Shield have declined to be included as options for the exchanges.

I could go on, but I think even those in Normal, Illinois get the idea.

Ever the manipulator, President Barack Hussein Obama has decided that he and only he can take over for Congress and break the law by making whimsical changes to it. Large corporations have been granted a two year delay in OC's installation,

while individuals need to enroll now. Further, over 93% of federal employees want nothing to do with OC.

Stick a fork in it: OC is done!

We know the IRS have enough bad press on their hands to cause further headache. The tax collectors are in charge of enforcing OC. Yet, according to the new acting director no one he knows in the agency wants anything to do with it—including him.

Well, for sure Congress would go along with a bill that they foisted upon us regular peons. Right? Wrong! They whined so much, King Obama decided to help these poor legislators out by subsidizing their HC with---wait for it---our taxpayer money!

Oh and if you think our Supreme Court will fix the problem, FUGETABOUTIT! John Roberts was about as effective at protecting our Constitutional rights as Freddo was in defending The Don from being ripped by five bullets.

Time for the Republicans to ACT LIKE A MAN and make the President an offer that would make his reign of criminality hasten to an end, no matter what his answer is.

Can Republicans win in the elections of '14 and '16 if they refuse to fund OC?

I can't see how they win if they fund it.

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