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 31, 2012/ 7 Shevat, 5772

When abstinence is irresponsible

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Congress has a constitutional duty to prepare a budget, but hasn't for more than 1,000 days because the Democrats who control the Senate fear it would embarrass them to put down in black and white how much they plan to spend, and how large a deficit their spending will create.

Democrats plan to shirk their obligation for another year, to give credence to President Barack Obama's plans to run against a "do nothing" Congress…even though the half of Congress that's doing nothing is run by Democrats.

Not so long ago, such blatant political maneuvering would have prompted howls of outrage from press and public. But few in the news media mention it.

If constitutional duties can be shrugged off so easily, may we -- since it is merely a tradition -- also dispense with the State of the Union address?

Presidents from Thomas Jefferson (1801-09) through William Howard Taft (1909-13) delivered to Congress in writing what was then known as the Annual Message. It was chiefly a report on how Executive Branch departments were performing their duties.

To rally support for his legislative agenda, Woodrow Wilson revived the practice of delivering the Annual Message in person. The politicization of the SOTU accelerated rapidly with the advent of radio and television, and after Lyndon Johnson began the practice of delivering it in prime time.

With rare exception, SOTUs today are partisan events masquerading as affairs of state. They consist mostly of two laundry lists: one of the president's accomplishments; another containing his wish list for the next session of Congress.

SOTUs typically last about an hour, but rarely contain memorable phrases. This year President Barack Obama spoke 7,059 words in 65 minutes, but said less about the state of the union than Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who delivered the Republican response, did in ten.

The 10th longest SOTU ever was noteworthy mostly for what Mr. Obama didn't say.

  • Obamacare has roiled the health care industry, but only 44 of those 7,059 words were devoted to health care reform.

  • That was 44 words more than Mr. Obama said about his $823 billion stimulus bill.

  • The national debt has risen from $10 trillion to $15.2 trillion during Mr. Obama's presidency, is now equivalent to the value of all the goods and services produced in a year. He made no mention of it in the SOTU.

    . Much of what Mr. Obama did say was fanciful, hypocritical, or false.

  • He opened and closed the SOTU with paeans to American military personnel, but neglected to mention his plans to fire nearly 100,000 of them; cut Air Force fighters by half, and reduce the Navy from 300 to 238 ships.

  • Through last summer, the Obama administration had imposed 75 major new regulations, with an estimated compliance cost of $38 billion. Since then, the EPA has issued a rule which could destroy 1.65 million jobs in the coal and electric utility industries, one study indicated. Obamacare rules are the chief reason they're not hiring, business leaders say. New banking regulations may force hundreds of community banks to close. Yet Mr. Obama claimed in the SOTU he was cutting red tape.

  • "Let's make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can't lobby Congress," the president said, after denouncing the "corrosive effect" of money in politics. He made no mention of the tens of billions of dollars in subsidies and loans his administration has given to bundlers for his campaign.

  • Mr. Obama has thrown one roadblock after another in the path of the fossil fuels industries, most recently when he cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline. But in the SOTU he claimed credit for a boom in exploration for oil and natural gas.

    Mr. Obama figures he can lie so brazenly because the news media rarely call him on it when he does. But Americans seem to be catching on. This SOTU drew just 37.75 million viewers, down from 48 million for his first, 42.8 million last year.

  • Or maybe Americans just don't like reruns. The president used virtually the same lines in this year's SOTU as he did in his two previous ones.

  • Barack Obama has dragged the state of the union address down to unprecedented depths. Let's bury it there. If submitting it in writing was good enough for Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, that ought to be good enough for future presidents.

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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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