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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review April 28, 2009 / 4 Iyar 5769

100 Days — a success, but …

By Rich Lowry


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If Barack Obama's presidency were to end on Day 101, it would be a smash success. He's popular, the nation's mood is lifting, he's adored abroad, and he's already put his stamp on economic policy.


Obama was primed for early success. He took office during an economic crisis attributed to his predecessor, whom the public had quit on long ago. Eloquent and possessing a genius for striking a tone of sweet reason, Obama is a walking rebuke to George W. Bush. That alone would make it hard to fumble his 100 Days.


It's the next 1,361 days that should be the worry. Obama's presidency will be defined by how he handles the stresses inherent in his ambition domestically, his humility abroad, and his polarizing approach politically.


Obama has made the financial crisis the occasion for massive spending that, if he were to do nothing else, would be a significant legacy. But if the fiscal flood isn't seriously restrained once the economy rights itself, inflation, onerous taxes or both beckon.


While exploiting the crisis atmosphere of the financial mess, Obama has floundered in addressing it directly. He's hoping to catch a virtuous cycle — a recovery begins that eases the banking crisis and provides the revenue to make his program look more affordable. This dynamic would probably recharge his store of political capital for the duration of his first term.


Then there's the opposite scenario. The fragile financial system lurches downward again. It requires even more taxpayer dollars to forestall a meltdown and delays or dampens a recovery. The long-term fiscal picture looks even bleaker than we can imagine, and Obama's ambition is transformed in the public mind into rank recklessness.


Both these outcomes are possible, and not entirely in Obama's control. He's made himself a hostage to fortune by slamming through so much spending before he has any notion of how the financial crisis ends.


Of course, he also has a sweeping policy agenda on education, energy and health care. There's little sign of an imminent reform of education commensurate with the additional dollars larded onto it. Alternative energy will get more subsidies, but the cap-and-trade system to tax traditional sources of energy faces a dubious future. That leaves health care, where Obama's chances are better. If he succeeds in further nationalizing the system, he will be a consequential liberal president no matter what else happens.


Abroad, Obama has been brazenly humble. It may eventually get him something, but hasn't yet. He has two foreign-policy crises hurtling toward him in the form of Pakistan and Iran, both of which are problems from hell that won't be solved just by American humility.


Pakistan can't be sweet-talked into suddenly building strong state institutions or crushing the Taliban. Nor will Iran be persuaded to abandon its nuclear ambitions solely by blandishments. In dealing with these and other troubles yet unforeseen, Obama will need finesse, luck — and mettle.


The risk Obama runs in alienating Republicans — inflamed by his spending and his talk of prosecution of former Bush officials — is less obvious. They are leaderless and a political rump so long as Obama keeps a strong hold on Democrats and independents. If Obama stays popular, the gap between the public's support for Obama and the right's alienation from him may only further marginalize conservatives. But Bush learned the political cost of an aroused opposition looking for every opportunity to needle and attack.


For all that he wants to use Bush as a foil, Obama shares one deep similarity with him — boldness. The period of the quiescent presidency ran from 1995, when Bill Clinton was chastened by the arrival of a GOP congressional majority, to Sept. 12, 2001, when Bush abandoned his stripped-down conception of the presidency to become a wartime leader.


Fired by the belief history was on his side, Bush made a play for the ages. Obama is doing the same. That much is clear after 100 Days.

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