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 Jan 10, 2012/ 15 Teves, 5772

' Difficult Romney question

By Robert Robb

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney's success in Iowa and probable victory in New Hampshire confronts Republican primary voters elsewhere with this difficult question: Does it matter that Romney seems to lack core conservative political convictions?

Romney and his supporters will protest, of course, that he does have conservative convictions. That, however, is difficult to accept.

Bill Buckley, the founder of modern American conservatism, came up with a useful distinction he first used to describe Richard Nixon, if memory serves. Nixon was conservative, but not "a conservative."

By that, Buckley meant that conservatives were the political team that Nixon instinctively identified with, but that he lacked a philosophical commitment to conservatism as a guide to his actions.

Buckley made the same distinction about the George Bushs and I borrowed it to explain where John McCain fit in the world of political ideology.

It is not at all unusual for Republicans to nominate someone who is conservative but not a conservative. In fact, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan are arguably the only true conservatives the Republicans have nominated in the post-World War II era.

Romney clearly isn't "a conservative." Moreover, it's not clear that he's even "conservative," as Buckley defined it.

Social conservatives worry about Romney's flip-flops on their issues. I think that worry can be set aside.

The fairest guess is that Romney just doesn't care that much about social issues, such as abortion. If elected president, Romney will also be the titular head of the Republican Party and social conservatives are the dominant force in the party.

Romney won't want trouble on issues he doesn't really care about. There's little danger he will flip back to the positions he advocated when running in Massachusetts.

More revealing, and disturbing, was Romney's repudiation of Reagan when running for U.S. Senate in 1994. He defiantly proclaimed that "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush." At that time, conservatives clearly weren't the political team with which Romney instinctively identified. In fact, he apparently found them repugnant.

That was a long time ago. But there continue to be indications that conservatism is a political suit Romney is wearing to fit in.

The most obvious this election cycle is his proposal to eliminate investment income taxes for those making less than $200,000 a year. This makes no economic sense. If reductions in investment income taxes are intended to stimulate investment, they need to apply to those with surplus income to invest, which is mostly those making more than $200,000 a year. Those making less already tend to have their investments in tax deferred programs, such as 401(k)s.

So, this is a political statement by Romney. And the statement is that he will abandon conservative tax principles if he finds them politically inconvenient.

The fairest guess is that Romney doesn't instinctively identify with any political team. Instead, at root, he's a problem-solving technocrat. And a pretty good one at that.

A strong argument could be made that a problem-solving technocrat is what the country needs right now as president.

The Republican Party owes the country a presidential nominee who will try to fix the federal government's finances. Romney could be such a nominee. But, at present, he's not.

Romney says he wants to cut spending, but is vague about where. He's better on entitlement reform, but in general is running on fixing the economy rather than the federal government's finances.

The pessimistic view here is that the federal government's finances won't get fixed until credit markets require it, as is happening in Europe.

Romney, of all the candidates in either party, would be best equipped to deal with that crisis if it happens. The hope was for more.

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