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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

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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

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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

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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 31, 2006 / 2 Nissan, 5766

We're getting ripped off

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Given the importance and emotions surrounding immigration, you'd think Washington would want to get to the heart of the problem. But then you'd be guilty of living in a fantasyland.


The last thing either party wants to do is solve the crisis. Both much prefer pretense to the risky business of actually dealing with the facts.


The biggest illusion, embraced by President Bush and many Democrats and Republicans, is that America must somehow first legalize the 11 million-plus illegals here before closing the borders. Right, let's clean up the water on the floor before we plug the leaky pipe. You don't have to be a plumber to know that's not going to work.


The shocking truth is that nobody in Washington has a real and humane plan to stop the flow of illegals coming into the U.S. An estimated 3,000 people from Mexico alone scramble over and under the border each day, yet the bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday would merely double the number of border agents over five years. With about 1 million illegal immigrants coming here each year, any legislation that doesn't bring border control is doomed to fail.


Indeed, the situation now is a direct result of Washington's last "solution." Twenty years ago, with as many as 6 million illegal immigrants in the country, Congress passed and Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty bill that also had guest-worker provisions and sanctions against employers. What it didn't have was effective border control, or real enforcement. You see the result.


The reason nobody wants to tackle border control is ... I don't actually know the reason. Especially after 9/11, it should be a no-brainer, both good policy and good politics. But the war on terror is ignoring not only the back door, but the front door, too.


Undercover investigators recently smuggled into the U.S. enough radioactive material to make two dirty bombs, The New York Times reported yesterday. Using forged documents, truck drivers got through checkpoints on both the Mexican and Canadian borders even though radiation detectors sounded.


Those detectors should be a wakeup call, but Washington keeps hitting the snooze button.


Eyes wide shut, the pols and an army of advocates are consumed with the details of legalization proposals for those already here. Stereotypes are running wild, with the bleeding hearts seeing every immigrant as a hardworking, churchgoing, law-abiding victim. The hard-heart extreme sees the same people as lazy, shifty thieves stealing services and jobs. The latter view dominates in a bill passed by the House that would make it a felony to live in the U.S. illegally, instantly turning 11 million immigrants into criminals. The bill's provision that would make it a crime to assist illegals is an easy target for protesting opponents, including the Catholic cardinal of Los Angeles.


The Mexican government is also at fault: It openly backs legalization and winks at its citizens' exodus. Our porous borders are a boon to Mexico because the remittances illegal immigrants send home are a huge source of consumer capital. Bush is meeting with President Vicente Fox in Cancun tomorrow, but he shouldn't expect much help. Despite millions of dollars in direct U.S. aid, Mexico, according to a study by the Heritage Foundation, voted against the U.S. about 65% of the time in the United Nations.


I'd say we're getting ripped off.

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