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 13, 2012/ 20 Shevat, 5772

Prosperity grows under Republicans: Two theories net different results

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness," said Charles Dickens (1812-1870) in one of the most celebrated passages in English literature. "It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."

"A Tale of Two Cities" illustrated how starkly different were the views in London and Paris of the French Revolution. There's a similar gulf between Democrats and Republicans on economic policy.

To get the economy moving again, increase spending, bail out failing businesses, invest taxpayer money in "green" technologies and redistribute wealth, Democrats think.

Reduce government spending and debt, lower tax rates, slash government red tape, Republicans think.

What is Light to Democrats is Darkness to Republicans, and vice versa. Both approaches have been tried. They've produced very different results.

The economy grew 1.7 percent in 2011, down from 3.1 percent the year before, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Jan 27.

The recession officially ended in June 2009. It took until last August -- 15 quarters -- for the gross domestic product to exceed pre-recession levels. That's three times longer than the average for the recoveries following the 10 previous recessions since World War II.

This recession was very bad, Democrats note. The only one comparable was in 1981-82.

Usually, the more severe the recession, the more robust the recovery. In the first 10 quarters after the 1981-82 recession, GDP grew 15 percent. The president then was Ronald Reagan. His economic policies were the opposite of Mr. Obama's.

The most dramatic difference is in job creation. About 790,000 jobs have been added since the Obama recovery began. In the first 10 quarters of the Reagan recovery, the economy gained 7.5 million jobs.

The unemployment rate declined from 9.5 percent when the Obama recovery began to 8.3 percent in January. But there'd have been no decline if the Bureau of Labor Statistics counted discouraged workers. Even though the working age population has increased by about 4 million, the labor force, according to the BLS, shrunk by 850,000. If the labor force were the same size as when Mr. Obama was inaugurated, the unemployment rate would be 10.9 percent.

In the first 24 months of the Reagan recovery, the unemployment rate fell from 10.8 to 7.2 percent -- even though the labor force grew by about 4 million.

The Obama recovery, such as it is, has come in spite of his policies. Much of the improvement in the unemployment rate that is not the product of statistical manipulation is the result of reforms instituted by Republican governors.

The four states where the unemployment rate declined most in 2011 -- Nevada, Florida, New Mexico and Michigan -- are all states where a Republican replaced a Democrat in 2010.

The six states where jobs grew fastest all have Republican governors and right to work laws. Of 28 states the Bureau of Labor Statistics said had statistically significant job growth last year, 17 have Republican governors.

Democrats control the state house and the legislature in three of the four states where unemployment rose.

Mr. Obama was blocked from implementing fully his economic policies when Republicans won control of the House of Representatives. To see what America would be like if he had, look at his home state of Illinois.

People in the Land of Lincoln pay a lot in state and local taxes, but government spends much more. Illinois is $128.4 billion in debt. Its credit rating is the worst in the nation.

Rather than cut spending, the Democratic governor and Democratic legislature raised corporate taxes 46 percent, income taxes 67 percent. Thousands of people and hundreds of businesses -- including Sears, Caterpillar and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange -- made plans to leave the state. The economy ground to a halt. Unemployment rose from 9.2 percent to 9.8 percent.

Many fleeing Illinois are headed for Wisconsin, where the business climate has improved from 43rd to 17th since Scott Walker was elected governor, according to Chief Executive magazine. Gov. Walker closed the $3 billion deficit he inherited without raising taxes.

The evidence makes clear which method makes the economy grow. But for Democrats, ideology and self- interest trump evidence.

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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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