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 22, 2011 / 16 Adar II, 5771

2012: Our National Fiscal Armageddon?

By David Limbaugh

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The 2012 presidential and congressional elections are shaping up to be a referendum on whether the American people have the wisdom, the discipline and the will to save this nation.

The nation is on an unsustainable path to fiscal bankruptcy, whose leading long-term drivers are Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Yet at every turn, Democrats have obstructed reform with vicious, demagogic attacks on those genuinely trying to reform them.

George W. Bush deserves some credit for trying to propose reforms, but he was immediately savaged by scaremongers who claimed he was going after seniors and proposing a risky solution, mainly because his plan included a small privatization component.

But times have changed. We are at the proverbial crossroads. After two years of President Obama's reckless stewardship, this nation is in dire straits, and people are more informed and more alarmed. Also, new stars, such as Rep. Paul Ryan, have arisen to confront these challenges with the powerful arsenal of real facts and figures and the demeanor to command bipartisan credibility — for now.

I say "for now" because it is a virtual certainty that Ryan won't enjoy any semblance of respect from Democrats once he formally unveils his plan to move the budget back toward sanity.

This is despite the fact, nay, related to the fact that Obama's approach to the fiscal nightmare has been cynical, tragic farce. His self-description as being fiscally responsible is as insulting as his actual policies are horrifying.

Sen. Jeff Sessions illustrated the wide gulf between Obama's claims and the reality when grilling Heather Higginbottom, Obama's nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, during a Senate Budget Committee hearing. Sessions forced her into admitting that Obama's budget definitely would, contrary to his claims, add to the national debt. Of course, a mere cursory review of Obama's numbers also makes that clear, whether or not Obama's lackeys own up to the distortions.

But can you imagine how much worse it would be if Obama were to end up getting his way on cap and trade, further "stimulus" proposals and Obamacare? The Congressional Budget Office has already exposed how misleading the Obamacare projections were, and the administration's obscene thousand-plus waivers from its onerous provisions further reveal the unfeasibility of the plan.

In unveiling his 10-year budget proposal, Obama looked the American people in the face and told us he was bringing the budget under control, even as the hard figures he was presenting promised monstrous deficits that would only slightly decline in the middle years and explode again toward the end.

But that's not the worst of it. The CBO has since shown that Obama grossly understated his already abysmal projections. It reported that Obama's cumulative deficits over the next decade would be $2.3 trillion higher than Obama's projections and that the debt would increase $1.8 trillion more than the administration predicted. Under Obama's budget, federal spending would be at record postwar levels and would never fall below 23 percent of gross domestic product. The annual deficits would average $1 trillion. Yet Obama tells us he's not going to be adding to the debt. Not "deficit," but "debt," which means he'd have to average a balanced budget from here on out. Does he think we can't speak English or add and subtract?

After adding astronomically to the debt with his failed stimulus program, locking in higher levels of spending through many federal programs, and reversing welfare reform, he is turning a blind eye to the entitlement crisis.

Obama's fiscal road map is to continue increasing discretionary spending, to persist in fiscal policies destined to retard economic growth and thus reduce federal revenues, and to be utterly AWOL on entitlement reform. This, knowing that even if he employed a pure libertarian approach of fiscal austerity to the discretionary budget, the entitlements would swallow our budget and bankrupt us within the next generation. The numbers are indisputable.

Rep. Ryan, on the other hand, is on the verge of laying out his bona fide road map to long-term fiscal viability, which consists of: instituting true entitlement reform while making no changes to the benefits for those in or near retirement; improving the health and retirement safety net; real and lasting cuts to discretionary spending; and adopting policies that stimulate, rather than suppress, economic growth, which is an integral part of the budgetary equation.

I intend to get into more detail in future columns about the specifics of Ryan's plan and how Obama's policies have dramatically exacerbated our budgetary crisis. But for now, be aware that if you think you've seen demagoguery before, just wait until Ryan unfolds his road map.

If we don't decisively win this war — whose pivotal battlefield will be the 2012 elections — we will have to start looking at financial doomsday scenarios.

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