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 July 13, 2011 / 11 Tamuz, 5771

A preview of what may happen if President Barack Obama and House Republicans don't resolve their impasse

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Was that the moment when former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty blew his chance to be president?

It was the day after Mr. Pawlenty coined the clever (and accurate) term "Obamneycare" to highlight similarities between President Obama's health care plan and the one Mitt Romney imposed in Massachusetts when he was governor (2003-2007).

Mr. Pawlenty was languishing in the polls despite a sterling record as governor, thanks to low name recognition and a demeanor often described as bland or boring.

But in the weeks preceding the GOP debate in New Hampshire June 13, Mr. Pawlenty made tough, articulate speeches detailing his policy positions. He denounced ethanol subsidies in Iowa, called for Social Security reform in Florida, and made the most comprehensive statements on foreign policy of any candidate. Conservatives who'd overlooked him looked again with new respect.

After throwing down the gauntlet the day before, Mr. Pawlenty refused to confront Mr. Romney during the debate. This revived concerns he may be too nice to be president.

It's too soon to pronounce Mr. Pawlenty politically dead. But if he falls short, his big mistake was not running for a third term.

With Washington gridlocked, action on the fiscal crisis has moved to the states.

In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich cut $2 billion from the $8 billion deficit he inherited from his Democratic predecessor without raising taxes.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels gave Hoosiers a small tax cut when he balanced his budget. He weakened the power of teacher unions, and greatly expanded school choice.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won approval from a legislature controlled by Democrats for a measure which requires public employees to pay more for health care and pensions.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker erased the $3.6 billion deficit he inherited without raising taxes. His budget requires public employees to contribute more for health care and pensions, restricts the power of public employee unions, and expands school choice.

The new law has saved at least one school district from bankruptcy.

Massive protests by public employee unions made the budget fight in Wisconsin a national story, Gov. Walker a national figure.

"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appears to have the makings of a national GOP rock star fighting the growth of union influence and trimming the fat from state government to get Wisconsin's fiscal house back in order," said Glenn Beck producer Phil Rizzuto.

Democrats controlled at least one house of the legislature for all of Mr. Pawlenty's eight years as governor. But Republicans won both houses last year. So if Mr. Pawlenty had run again (he surely would have won; a much weaker GOP candidate fell just 9,000 votes short), he could be doing what Gov. Walker is doing next door in Wisconsin, and winning similar plaudits for it.

Instead, Minnesota offers a preview of what may happen if President Barack Obama and House Republicans don't resolve their impasse over raising the ceiling on the national debt.

The legislature passed in nine separate bills a budget that would raise Gopher state spending to its highest level ever, six percent more than in the last biennium, but do so without raising taxes. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed all nine. He wants to increase state spending 24 percent.

The legislature passed its budget bills with six weeks to go in the legislative session, but Gov. Dayton didn't veto them until the very end, triggering a shutdown of state government July 1.

The governor intentionally caused the shutdown, because "if it were broad-based and painful enough," Minnesotans could be persuaded to support his big spending ways, said Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten.

Gov. Dayton -- with the assistance of biased reporting, chiefly from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune -- blames the shutdown on Republicans. Things aren't working out as he planned.

Hardest hit have been members of public employee unions. But "many of us not dependent on the government have found the shutdown a minor inconvenience at worst," said Minnesota blogger Scott Johnson (Power Line).

A Survey USA poll June 20 indicated 87 percent of Minnesotans oppose increasing state spending. The resolve of Republican legislators is strengthening, Mr. Johnson said.

President Obama doubtless will blame Republicans if no deal is made on the debt ceiling. Let's hope House Speaker John Boehner has as much gumption as do the GOP legislators in Minnesota.

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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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