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December 2, 2014

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 April 15, 2005 / 6 Nisan, 5765

A happy face on a gloomy second term

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A politician should have three hats, the poet Carl Sandburg once said: "One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected." Judging by the polls three months after President Bush's inauguration, he is keeping a happy face, but quietly looking for rabbits.

As he celebrated his re-election in November, Bush told reporters that he earned political capital and he intended to spend it. But polls are showing that Bush's approval ratings and presumably his political capital have evaporated, almost as quickly as the budget surplus he inherited the beginning of his first term.

Although Bush received 51 percent of the vote in November, only 44 percent of Americans approved of the job Bush is doing in a poll released last week by the Associated Press and Ipsos-Public Affairs. Fifty-four percent of those polled disapproved of the job he was doing.

And if, by now, you are one of those readers who is warming up your fingers to send me a fresh "Bush won! Get over it!" message, save your fingertips. Bush's dip appears not to have come from liberals, Democratic partisans or chronic Bush-haters.

It appears to be coming from a mixture of loyal Republicans and disenchanted independents who are less than enthused about his domestic agenda. A lot of folks who voted for Bush as a statement against "Hollywood immorality" and "gay marriage" apparently are not pleased to discover they also were voting for private retirement accounts, relaxed immigration enforcement and congressional intrusion into a family's private and painful right-to-die dispute.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released the same day as the AP poll found that 32 percent of Republicans opposed Bush's proposal to let workers invest part of their payroll taxes in the stock markets.

Half of Republicans and 55 percent of independents opposed the president's proposal to grant legal status to some illegal immigrants residing in the United States.

Like most of the country, 39 percent of Republicans said that the court-ordered removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was the right thing to do, despite emergency efforts by Bush and Congress to have it reinserted, while 48 percent said it was wrong.

Although 87 percent of his fellow Republicans approved of his job performance overall, about 18 percent said they lost respect for Bush after he butted into the Schiavo family dispute.

Iraq, the war on terrorism and making Americans feel safer were central themes of the 2004 presidential campaign, but recent hard-won successes in the long, painful process of democratizing Iraq actually may have nudged the war and other foreign policy issues to the back burner in many minds. On the front burner are the bread-and-butter issues that touch Americans and their pocketbooks.

But Bush gets off easy in recent polls compared with that other perennial target of abuse, Congress. Approvals for the Republican-led Congress in the AP-Ipsos Poll dropped to a measly 37 percent from 41 percent in January. Congressional Democrats found little to gloat about as their approval ratings were about the same as Republicans.

Backlash makes Congress nervous, which explains Bush's continuing road trips across American to sell his Social Security plans. His problem? He's a lame duck. Since he can't run for president again, Bush can spend political capital more freely than Congress.

As most members of Congress will face midterm elections next year— and Bush will be an even lamer lame duck after that— he needs to get ambitious-yet-controversial ideas, such as his Social Security proposals, passed this year.

Regarding Bush's proposed Social Security reforms, Democrats reasonably respond that the looming Social Security crisis is decades away, if then, while the growing woes of Medicare and Medicaid are headed toward a financial train wreck in the next few years. It's an argument they appear to be winning.

Sooner or later, Democrats will have to produce some bold leadership if they're going to reverse their losing streak in elections.

For now, as Bush tries to salvage his legacy, congressional Democrats seem to be following the old Machiavellian adage: Never interrupt your enemy while he is destroying himself.

Second terms can be humbling.

Yet, when he was asked about his low polls, the president stayed characteristically upbeat. "You can pretty much find out what you want in polls," he said.

Perhaps. But, as Sandburg might wonder, can he find some rabbits?

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