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 Jan. 4, 2011 / 28 Teves, 5771

For those in government there are few consequences for failure, or even for deliberate sabotage

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The blizzard which crippled New York City last week brought at least momentary humility to the billionaire mayor, who could use some.

"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg admitted on Wednesday that his administration's response to the blizzard that buried New York this week had been inadequate, and he pledged to hold himself and others accountable as the city continued to work its way to normalcy," the New York Times reported.

Among those he ought to hold accountable are city workers whose sluggish response caused massive inconvenience and economic loss, and may have been responsible for the death of a newborn infant.

"Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts," the New York Post reported Thursday.

A Brooklyn resident posted on You Tube a video of three garbage trucks equipped with snow plows parked outside a Dunkin Donuts. He claimed the workers were inside for at least five hours.

Perhaps for a moment Michael Bloomberg wished he'd spent less time hectoring New Yorkers about how much salt they put on their food and how much soda their children drink, and more time attending to his duties as mayor.

But I don't put much stock in his pledge "to hold himself and others accountable." For in government these days, nothing succeeds like failure.

That's because for those in government there are few consequences for failure, or even for deliberate sabotage.

The bursting of the housing bubble has devastated our economy. It was caused in part by lax monetary policy by the Federal Reserve, which fueled the bubble; in part by government policies which encouraged banks to make loans to people who couldn't pay them back; in part by crooks like Angelo Mozilo of Countrywide Mortgage, who deliberately made bad loans because he knew he could sell them to "government sponsored entities" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and in part by greedy Wall Street bankers who repackaged the loans into risky financial instruments, then misled investors about the risk.

What happened was fraud. Those who committed it should be punished, though they haven't been. Angelo Mozilo is a free, rich man. The Wall Street firms at the heart of the crisis have been bailed out with billions of dollars of taxpayer money.

Now let us consider the Securities & Exchange Commission, whose job it is to detect and punish financial fraud. Obviously it didn't do so in the subprime mortgage crisis. But it is worse than that. A Ponzi scheme is the simplest form of financial fraud. But the SEC failed to detect the enormous Ponzi scheme Bernie Madoff was running, despite the fact that a whistleblower had come to the agency twice with detailed proof of how Mr. Madoff was bilking his investors.

You'd think a failure of this magnitude would cause heads to roll at the SEC, and trigger a serious examination of its procedures. But you'd be wrong. Thanks to President Barack Obama's financial "reform" bill, the SEC has been rewarded for its monumental incompetence with a bigger budget, and substantially increased powers.

In its brief history, the Transportation Security Administration has had no successes, and many failures. The shoe bomber and the underwear bomber were permitted to board aircraft. Tragedy was averted by vigilant passengers, not by the TSA. According to ABC News, in annual tests at some major airports, TSA fails to detect guns, knives and bomb parts nearly 70 percent of the time. Yet TSA's budget and its authority to harrass air travelers keeps growing.

Government grows despite repeated failures to serve the public well because government's purpose no longer is to serve the public. Government now serves primarily the interests of those who work for the government. The pay and benefits package for federal employees is now more than twice as much as the typical private sector worker receives. Many state and local governments are going broke not because they've spent too much money on us, but because they've spent too much on pensions for their employees.

President Obama reportedly is planning to permit workers in the Transportation Security Administration to unionize, which could make them as responsive to the public interest as New York City's sanitation workers have been.

The biggest lie in the English language today is: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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