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 Aug 17, 2012 / 29 Menachem-Av, 5772

Letting Granny Speak for Herself

By Suzanne Fields

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We remember Granny. She's the helpless old lady in a wheelchair that Paul Ryan, or somebody who was supposed to look like him, pushed over the cliff. That's the way an Obama campaign commercial attempted to demonstrate the heartlessness of the mean ol' Republicans.

But a funny thing happened on the way to November. When Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, a lot of people put that video on rewind. Granny turned out to be alive and well, capable of looking at things for herself, seeing things as they really are, and she's alarmed at what she sees ahead for her children and grandchildren. That's what the Romney-Ryan ticket is gambling on.

But something is going over the cliff, as Ryan has said many times. "It's health care inflation that's driving us all off the cliff." Medicare is facing a $38 trillion unfunded liability — 38 trillion in "empty promises" on the way toward bankruptcy.

Two years ago, Ryan was accused of wanting to change Medicare "as we know it." That's true enough. Whether he has anything to do with it or not, Medicare will change "as we know it" because not even America, the richest nation or earth, can afford numbers like that. Seniors know it, too. When Marco Rubio embraced Ryan's road map to Medicare survival in 2010, many of those Florida seniors sent him to the U.S. Senate.

What the Republican campaign promises, if the Democrats can become more truthful — a big if — is a forthright debate about how the economy of health care can be put on a path to provide security for Granny's children and grandchildren, while keeping it going for everyone over 55. The seniors actually have no selfish stake in the reform, since the reforms won't apply to them. Ryan is determined, but not inflexible.

After Democrats decried his first Medicare reform plan, characterizing it as "Mediscare," he refused to fly away on a broomstick borrowed from a wicked witch. Instead, he tweaked his plan, improving the recipe to make the brew more palatable. As a result, he got Sen. Ron Wyden, an influential Oregon Democrat who sees a dark future, too, and doesn't like it, to join him. Ryan's boyish looks and polite demeanor make him appear like a candidate for president of the senior class, but he's a sophisticated thinker, a quick learner and not stubborn in the way of so many Washington pols, eager to see issues in only their way.

"Ryan is a new kind of combatant," James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute observed earlier this year in Commentary magazine. "He does not panic. He adjusts. And he takes the long view."

In a close analysis of the Ryan ideas, he shows how the congressman's revisions of Medicare became the default Republican budget policy. His 2012 budget won 242 House Republicans, losing only 10 members who reckoned it didn't go far enough. He demonstrated he's not radical. He's practical.

Since Mitt Romney reintroduced Paul Ryan to the public, you can hear those who have recently discovered his ideas facing reality and echoing his criticism of the status quo, that Medicare is "unsustainable," and our deficits are creating "fiscal instability." With his bold choice, Romney forces grown-ups of both parties to think less about entitlement and more about what America's future will look like if something isn't done, and soon.

Liberals profess to be delighted. They think conservative principles and ideas make a fat and easy target. They live in a comfortable bubble where every idea but their own seems alien. Ryan has a special ability to make his argument understandable, and the Internet enables him to be heard in his own clear voice.

Gil Troy, a history professor at McGill University, writing in the Wilson Quarterly, urges voters not to worry that campaigns have become equal part carnival and equal part obnoxious reality television. Ultimately the campaigns develop a legitimate conversation that serves the best interests of the nation of 300 million. With Paul Ryan at the ready with facts, figures and cogent argument, that will be easier to do.

Democrats no less than Republicans understand these are serious times, and often even say so. What Mitt Romney has offered is a serious man with serious arguments about the future of our health — not only the health of the individual, but the health of the economy and the health of the country. Granny may yet get to speak for herself, and not from the rocks at the bottom of an ad man's cliff.

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