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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

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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

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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 March 4, 2009 / 8 Adar 5769

Obama's bold. What did you expect?

By Roger Simon

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Obama presidency has started off in a whirlwind. It has been a headlong rush. This is not small-bite politics. This is not school uniforms.

With hardly a pause to take a deep breath, Barack Obama has presented an economic recovery plan, a bailout plan, a budget and a major foreign policy address.

All have been bold. But people who were surprised by that boldness have not been paying attention.

It was just a little more than two years ago, on a very cold day in Springfield, Ill., that Obama announced for the presidency by saying he was running "not just to hold an office but to gather with you to transform a nation."

And in his first few weeks in office, he has been practicing transformative politics. Without apology. Some of this has been forced upon him. Faced with the collapse of the economy, he could hardly afford to be timid in his response.

But making far-reaching changes in health care, education and energy policy in this nation is something he promised from the very beginning.

In his radio address last Saturday, Obama said: "I didn't come here to do the same thing we've been doing or to take small steps forward." He said he came to Washington "to provide the sweeping change that this country demanded when it went to the polls in November."

Nobody can say they were sold a pig in a poke. The differences between Obama and his agenda and John McCain and his agenda were very clear.

Obama never promised small government. He never promised tax breaks for the wealthy.

He promised to do big, sweeping, transformative things — and if it is going to take big, sweeping, transformative government to do that, well, that was part of the deal.

And there is no reason for him to wait. His popularity is high and his opposition is in disarray.

Michael Steele, who holds the title of chairman of the Republican National Committee, is understandably miffed at Limbaugh these days. Everybody knows Rush, but who knows Steele? "Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer; Rush Limbaugh's whole thing is entertainment," Steele sniffed to CNN over the weekend.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel thinks it is more than that. As Emanuel said Sunday on "Face the Nation With Bob Schieffer," Limbaugh "is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party."

Limbaugh would not disagree. He has a clear vision of America. And in his one-hour-and-15-minute speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, he outlined it.

"So here we have two systems," Limbaugh said. "We have socialism, collectivism, Stalin, whatever you want to call it, versus capitalism."

And that's it. Obama and the Democrats represent Stalin, and Limbaugh and the Republicans represent capitalism. Take your pick.

But doesn't it make you kind of wonder why the American people picked Obama and the Democrats last November?

How did that happen, exactly? Was it mass hypnosis? Were we bewitched?

Or were we just tired of the endless hyperpartisanship, the endless name calling, the endless demonizing of the opposition to "energize the base" and the endless refusal to develop real solutions to real problems?

Yeah, that could be it.

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