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
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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 July 12, 2010 / 1 Menachem-Av, 5770

$33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week the NY Post ran a story about two late-shift, unionized public employees sleeping on the job. According to the Post, "(S)leeping workers are a familiar nighttime sight along the streets of NoHo and SoHo around the Angelika theater, which is next to the transit crew entrance." And what do these arrogant deadbeats get paid for shirking their responsibilities? $33-an-hour.

I'd like to tell you that this story is a new development — but it's not. Two years ago a supervisor and a mechanic were caught sleeping in a locked office at the same facility by the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Inspector General's Office, which conducted a surprise raid. The same supervisor was discovered to have been moonlighting as an electrician for 20 years — and ordering a subordinate to falsify his hours. A clear-cut firing offense? The MTA reportedly tried, but union work rules required an arbitration process.

The man received a 30-day suspension as his "punishment."

Outrageous? Here's the most damnable part of the story: when the NY Post looked in workers' cars parked near the facility, "several" of them "had pillows and blankets on the back seats."

It is stating the obvious to say that such behavior is utterly corrupt, but even then, a question must be asked: how does a human being rationalize such despicable behavior in his own mind?

Only one "logical" answer comes to mind: unchecked corruption leads to unchecked self-entitlement.

Once again, I'd like to say this is a local problem, but it's not. Public service employee unions suffused with the same sense of self-entitlement, are crushing state and local governments around the country. Early retirement, often at fifty years of age, coupled with lifetime pensions and health care benefits, are blowing budgetary holes so big, that bankruptcy may end up being the only viable option for hundreds of municipalities.

Here's hoping it happens, because abrogating union contracts couldn't happen to a "nicer" group — of cutthroats.

That's right, I said cutthroats. Only people suffused with a level of self-entitlement that is completely absurd could demand that their concerns be completely divorced from fiscal reality. The public service unions' mantra can be reduced to one phrase, as in "you can get blood from a stone." And their prevailing attitude is now quite familiar to most Americans:

Screw everyone else, give me mine.

Only a cutthroat — one whose average pay and benefits is almost double that of his private sector counterparts — would expect those making substantially less than he is to underwrite even more largesse for himself. And such is only possible when cowardly politicians cave to one unrealistic union demand after another, even when they know they're running their city/county/state into the ground.

Is their a stronger "marriage" in the world than union thugs and whore politicians?

And spare me the sob stories. We are long past the days of sweat shops, child labor and Woodie Guthrie songs. What started as a legitimate movement to protect the rights of workers has become a Frankenstein monster of over-paid, do-as-little-work-as-possible, self-entitled hacks, demanding more and more, while their fellow Americans live with less and less.

Hacks who aren't even fired for sleeping on the job. Hacks who consider it an affront to their dignity to accept a job freeze or even a modest contribution to their health and retirement costs, despite a severe recession which has put eight million of their fellow Americans out of work in the private sector — even as the public sector has been adding jobs. Or are we their "fellow Americans?" Never before has there been a greater disconnect within the American middle class than there is right now. Public service employees have generated a level of contempt so pervasive, many Americans consider them enemies. And if one defines an enemy as someone who would do harm to you and yours, such a sentiment is understandable. How many Americans would kill to make $33-an-hour, retire in their fifties, and get lifetime health benefits — along with pensions bloated up by working overtime hours in the last few years of employment? How many of those same Americans would never dream of sleeping on a job like that?

The job itself? Maintaining subway hydraulic pumps — which keep the system from being flooded by underground springs and rivers. Is there a scintilla of doubt in your mind that not a single one of these bums would be held accountable if a trainload of passengers drowned as a direct result of their malfeasance?

A recent interview on Fox regarding the subject infuriated me. For those in a coma, public service unions and the Democrat party are, for all intents and purposes, one and the same entity. How closely tied are they? According to opensecrets.com, between 1989 and 2010, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) gave ninety-eight percent of their campaign contributions to Democrats.

The National Education Association (NEA)? Ninety percent. The Service Employees International Union (SIEU)? Ninety four percent. Teamsters? Ninety seven percent.

The top of the heap? The United Auto Workers, who gave ninety-nine percent of their money to Democrats.

And what did they get in return? Bankruptcy laws flagrantly tossed aside by the Obama administration: private sector, first creditors were made subservient to union secondary creditors, and the American taxpayer was forced to bailout GM and Chrysler — or as one pundit accurately put it, Americans making twenty bucks-an-hour bailed out people making seventy.

This is one American who would ride a bike before I would buy a car from either of these contemptible companies.

Back to the interview. In typically predictable style, the Democrat union shill asked the Fox News interviewer whether he would be willing to "balance state budgets on the back of cops and firemen." In typically predictable style, the ostensibly conservative interviewer buckled. "Of course not," he answered.

Wrong answer, milquetoast. You bet your butt we should balance state budgets on the backs of cops and firemen — and teachers, janitors, trash collectors, transit workers and the millions of other public sector employees who are primarily responsible for the fiscal nightmares most states are facing. What in the world makes them exempt? Cheap, class-warfare rhetoric?

Nice try, but it's not flying anymore. Not when millions of Americans are struggling to stay afloat, while their union counterparts prosper. Not when those same unions are holding entire states hostage to their outrageous demands. Not when vital services are being cut to fund retirees.

By the way, why is it always "vital services" that are either cut or threatened to be cut? Americans are wising up to that scam as well. They know it's nothing more than a scare tactic designed to make them more "compliant" regarding union demands.

We are at yet another crossroad, my fellow Americans. We either re-trace a path towards fiscal sanity and personal responsibility, or we continue the journey towards national insolvency paved by those Americans more than willing to run the country into the ground as long a "they get theirs" in the interim. And make no mistake: interim is the upside on this path. There is absolutely no long-term sustainability when the takers outnumber the givers.

Finally, the names of the sleeping workers are Frank Ryan and Robert Malandrino. The names of the double-dipping supervisor and his fellow Rip-Van-Winkle mechanic are Edward Billitteri and Freddie Wright, respectively. It is my contention the people of New York should know their names.

Taxpayers deserve to know who they're paying to sleep on the job.

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