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 19, 2013/ 12 Menachem-Av, 5773

The part-time horror show

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Everything about President Obama's grand takeover of everyone's aches and pains puts the pain in a new place. The only relief he can promise is that the pain is more tolerable today that it will be tomorrow.

If the failing economy doesn't kill you, Obamacare will. The only good news is that the abundant bad news in the land beyond the seas might take your mind off your troubles over here. The jobs market here, such as it is, is likely to continue in the dumps. Come back soon.

Many business firms, some large and some small, are moving toward an ever-larger part-time roster of workers, all with no health insurance. Employers are rarely happy with a part-time arrangement, employees never are. Employers get workers only 50 percent loyal to the company, and employees are often expected to perform full-time work at half pay. Everybody usually thinks he's getting cheated, and for once everybody is usually right. Employers complain that part-timers are often not available when the job needs them and the part-timers complain that work schedules are erratic and subject to last-minute change.

"Part-time work is a lot better than no work," says a 23-year-old waitress in an upscale California restaurant. "But it's not what I expected two years out of college. I can't believe I voted for this. This is not the change I wanted and it feels like there's no hope."

The number of part-timers who say they can't find full-time work has doubled and doubled again since the Great Recession first jumbled everything. "There has been a surge in part-time work," Apana Mathur, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute, tells NPR News. "You want to maintain flexibility so you can respond to the economy without having to carry the costs of hiring and firing full-time employees."

Many businessmen are still shell-shocked by the effects of the recession, both by its severity and the reductions in numbers of workers required to survive. Since January companies have added 93,000 part-timers a month, and just 22,000 full time. Part-timers are easily hired and easily dismissed. A year ago these numbers were reversed.

The harsh reality in the June unemployment figures was hidden in the headlines over the news that the unemployment rate held steady at 7.6 percent and that the economy added 195,000 jobs. The small type tells a different story. The "gains" were all in part-time jobs.

Mr. Obama can continue to blame this on George W., though almost nobody any longer believes it. For decades the Democrats identified every hic and burp in the economy on Herbert Hoover, who was even held responsible for an shortage of rabbits. The out of work and hungry were said to have eaten the wild bunnies faster than rabbit romance could restock the meadows and woods. Such excuses eventually wear out.

Mr. Obama wasn't responsible for the recession, only for making it worse. But the health-care train wreck called Obamacare is all his. Mitt Romney, in the first presidential debate last year, apologized for adopting the term "Obamacare," coined in the newspapers. The president waved the apology away, saying he liked the term. He should take his pleasure in it now, before the train collides with reality.

Many employers are looking to hire even more part-timers before Obamacare kicks in with the requirement that employers with more than 50 full-time workers must offer "affordable insurance" to employees working more than 30 hours a week. It's this approaching reality that dampens prospects for a full economic recovery. If an employer thinks the economy won't get much better right away, he will become one of the "49ers," limiting his payroll to 49 employees.

Grateful as they may be for a job, part-timers feel too much at the mercy of their employer's needs. "Workers can get called in at any time," says Michael Wilder, a co-ordinator at Wisconsin Jobs Now, a union group that advocates for low-wage workers, "and sometimes you only get a couple of hours of notice before you have to start work. That makes it harder to deal with child care, transportation, doctor appointments and so on."

There's a sure cure for everyone's blues, but it will require nothing less than a Damascus road epiphany at the White House. Only a robust economic recovery - just what Barack Obama promised five years ago - will cure what ails us. More of the same won't do it, but more of the same is all this White House can offer. Excuses are all Mr. Obama and his men know, and that's a full-time fright.

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