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 Feb. 18, 2009 / 24 Shevat 5769

Do bureaucrats really know the best use of private property?

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Americans were outraged in 2005 when a bare majority of the U.S. Supreme Court struck a dangerous blow against private property rights and economic self-determination. In Kelo v. City of New London, the high court delivered an expansive new interpretation of the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause.

Historically, the Takings Clause had been interpreted to give government the power to exercise eminent domain in order to build streets and sidewalks or establish public utilities. Later, the high court expanded that understanding to include the power to condemn private property that contributed to economic or social blight.

But in Kelo, five unelected justices determined that government could take property not to make room for a highway and not because the structures that sat on it were irredeemably dilapidated and being used as crack houses. They weren't — these were middle-class homes.

No, the justices said the government was justified in taking private property and giving it to another private entity simply because it — the government — could divine more productive uses for it.

"All private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to another private owner, so long as it might be upgraded — i.e., given to an owner who will use it in a way that the legislature deems more beneficial to the public," Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warned in a stinging dissent.

"The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms."

The stimulus plan that President Obama and Democrats rammed through Congress using fear and sleight of hand is Kelo writ large, nationalized and on steroids. Set aside the fact that Obama's own Web site,

Change.gov, maintains a pledge to "end the practice of writing legislation behind closed doors" which is exactly how this monstrosity was constructed every step of the way.

And set aside the fact that the House — including 236 Democrats — had previously voted not to consider final passage of the stimulus until it had been available for review "in an electronic, searchable and downloadable form for at least 48 hours." The House voted on the 1,071-page conference report within hours of its release. No one who voted for it knew what was in the bill.

The fundamental problem with the spending provisions of the so-called stimulus is that it is based on two highly dubious propositions. The first is that — just as the liberal justices ruled in the Kelo decision — government bureaucrats and lifers in Congress can put your money to better use than you can.

And despite Obama's pledges to the contrary, the stimulus is laden with gifts to the rich and well connected, just as Justice O'Connor predicted. One of the worst pieces of pork is $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, including a magnetic-levitation line connecting Disneyland in California, home to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with Las Vegas, represented by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The second dubious proposition of the spending stimulus is something called the multiplier effect. Ifyou save or spend a dollar, it's just a dollar. But according to this theory, if the government borrows and spends your dollar, it's worth more.

In this instance, the White House's lofty claims about job creation and economic impact are based on an economic multiplier of around 1.5 — that is, for every $1 the government takes from you, the economy will receive a benefit of $1.50.

It's like magic. And if it really worked as advertised, the government would be justified in taking every private asset, redeploying it, and presto — a 50 percent increase in GDP! There's a name for that, and it isn't democratic capitalism.

Of course it doesn't work that way. And the multiplier effect, like the effectiveness of a fiscal stimulus, is simply a Trojan horse argument for a massive expansion of government. John McCain called the stimulus a case of "generational theft." He's right. But it's more than prosperity that's being stolen.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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