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 Feb 27, 2012/ 4 Adar, 5772

What Have You Done for Me Lately, GOP?

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As I watched Wednesday night's GOP presidential primary debate on CNN, I couldn't help but notice that the four surviving Republicans are old news. Three have been out of power for a political half-life. Mitt Romney hasn't been governor of Massachusetts for five years. Likewise, Rick Santorum hasn't been in the Senate since January 2007. Newt Gingrich hasn't been in Congress since 1999. If they weren't campaigning day and night, you'd think they were retired.

Ron Paul still serves in the House — he was first elected in 1976 — but he cannot point to a major initiative in which he played a leading role.

When Romney, Santorum and Gingrich talk about their records, they talk about — or run from — what they did last decade or two decades ago. As for Paul, he boasts about what he didn't do over the years.

Cynics say the American voter has no memory. In this primary, voters had better have a long memory if they want to understand what the candidates are debating.

Consider this Wednesday night quote from Gingrich on a border fence: "I helped Duncan Hunter pass the first fence bill in San Diego when I was speaker of the House." That would be in 1996. Hunter is retired from Congress. Hunter's combat-veteran son, Duncan D. Hunter, was elected to his father's seat in 2008.

Gingrich also talked up his ability to solve problems. He cited his "background of having actually worked with President Reagan." That covers the 1980s.

Gingrich also boasted that he could bring the price of gasoline down to $2.50 a gallon. Well, at least he didn't say 25 cents.

Paul hearkened back to the Cold War. He told the Mesa, Ariz., debate audience to forget about Iran and nuclear weapons. "If you want to worry about nuclear weapons, worry about the nuclear weapons that were left over from the Soviet Union. They're still floating around."

When he's not running from his record as the Bay State's governor, Romney boasts about his role in the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. Romney chided Santorum for endorsing former Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania in the 2004 GOP primary. The year 2004 — that's how far back a Republican has to go to find usable goods against a rival.

Romney tried to end the debate by talking about a "brighter future" for America. His problem is that he has been running for the White House for so long that he doesn't have a present.

It's not good when a candidate has to talk about himself in the past tense. "When I was speaker," Gingrich has been known to recall. You can practically smell the mothballs.

Santorum sounded far beyond his 54 years when he railed during the debate, "When I was in the United States Senate, there was transparency."

Here's another problem: When your record is dated, voters may not remember why decisions, which you now regret, seemed like a good idea at the time. When Santorum apologized for his 2001 vote in favor of President George W. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education package, the Arizona audience booed.

Were the candidates who dropped out of the race better? Sort of. There are three formers and two presents. Gone are former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Texas Gov. Rick Perry remain in office.

When dissatisfied Republicans look at today's has-been field and dream about a brokered or contested convention, they sigh longingly about Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Another man at the top of the list is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose tenure ended in January 2007.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona was 71 when Republicans nominated him in 2008, but he was in the thick of the action. He still is. McCain was in Cairo last week, standing up to Egypt's repressive new leadership.

Not this pack. They no longer represent anything. They only work for themselves.

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