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 April 20, 2005 / 11 Nisan, 5765

Arnold is a California phenom, not a GOP star

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | At the San Jose airport, there's a black tee shirt for sale, sporting a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger in shades, over the caption: "The Govenator."

Now, Janet Napolitano is a quite popular governor in these parts. But I don't think there are tee shirts with her mug on them selling at Sky Harbor.

There's obviously more than politics behind the Schwarzenegger phenomenon in California. But when he was first elected a year and a half ago in a tumultuous recall election, some argued that Schwarzenegger also represented a new, winning Republican prototype: fiscally conservative but moderate to progressive on social issues.

I was in California last week to attend a conference on direct democracy at Stanford University. Since initiatives are Schwarzenegger's political weapon of choice, he was much a topic of interest to the assembled academics. I also took advantage of the proximity to discuss the Schwarzenegger phenomenon with veteran California political observer Bill Whalen, formerly a senior official in the Pete Wilson administration and now a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Schwarzenegger has certainly delivered on the fiscal conservatism pledge. He inherited a deep deficit and a large short-term debt. He got voters to approve a longer-term bond to cover the deficit and the debt, and also a measure cutting off such temporizing mechanisms for the future.

Voters were initially skeptical of both propositions, but Schwarzenegger campaigned vigorously for them and both ended up passing comfortably, adding to his political aura.

In addition to proposing tough-minded balanced budgets and declaring tax increases off the table, Schwarzenegger is now supporting an initiative that would allow formula-driven spending to be reduced if there is a revenue shortfall. It's an excellent idea, one Arizona should adopt. But, politically, the bloom is off the Schwarzenegger rose, if that's not too much of a girly-man metaphor for this subject.

The state's 2004 general election was a mixed bag for Schwarzenegger. He largely carried the day on ballot measures, and is thought to have made the difference on a couple of importance to the business community. But he had also fingered a handful of Democratic legislators for termination, complaining about a lack of cooperation on budget matters. All survived.

In fact, of 153 congressional and legislative seats in California, not a single one changed party hands during the 2004 general election. This has lead Schwarzenegger to call for removing redistricting from the legislature and giving it to an independent commission.

In any event, Democrats no longer fear Schwarzenegger. They have stiffed him on the state budget and his most recent reform agenda. They have responded to his threat to take the reform agenda to the voters in a special election this fall with initiative proposals of their own, many aimed at his business backers.

Long-time California political journalist Peter Schrag, a conference attendee, dubbed this a game of initiative "chicken."

There is also a sense that the public may be tiring of Schwarzenegger asking it to do the heavy lifting for state government.

As Whalen points out, only a faction of California's population lives in the capitol city, Sacramento, and most people just aren't used to the governor and the state government being that large a presence in their lives.

Californians have already been through four statewide elections in a year and a half. There doesn't seem to be much appetite for a fifth.

When a Republican politician starts falling in public esteem, it's usually the social right that provides the backstop. So, I asked Whalen whether that presented a problem for the socially progressive — pro-choice, not opposed to gay marriage — Schwarzenegger.

Whalen didn't see a problem for Schwarzenegger on the right. For one thing, he's acquiring all the right political opponents — Democratic politicians, liberal activists and public employee unions.

His fiscal conservative and pro-business credentials are impeccable. And he cheered the populist talk radio crowd by repealing legislation that allowed illegal immigrants to obtain driver licenses.

With respect to social conservatives specifically, Whalen said that they were content that Schwarzenegger respected them and didn't go out of his way to alienate them.

That may reflect California political reality, in which Democrats outnumber Republicans by nine percentage points, and Schwarzenegger's combination of fiscal conservatism and social progressivism is a pretty strong strand among Republicans.

But elsewhere, social conservatism is a more powerful force within the Republican Party and social conservatives want more from their politicians than simply respect. Even Schwarzenegger might have had trouble initially winning a Republican primary in California, rather than the short-fused, first-past-the-post recall election.

There is much to admire in Schwarzenegger's willful drive to impose fiscal sanity in California. But the best bet is that he's a California phenomenon, a product of some unique political circumstances and a larger-than-life personality, not a new national prototype for Republicans.

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