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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 May 12, 2012/ 22 Iyar, 5772

Big Problems for Small Pols

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is twilight in America. We stumble in the gloom. Our leaders do not lead. They scuttle.

Some say the coming election will be about the economy, stupid.

I wish. Pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV, click on a radio, check your Twitter feed. See how much time and space is actually devoted to a serious discussion of the economy.

A few days ago, the election was about whether President Obama should be tried for treason.

A wacko brought this up at a Mitt Romney rally in Ohio on Monday. Romney did not dispute the wacko. A reporter later asked Romney about his silence on the matter. "I don't correct all the questions that get asked of me," Romney said. "I obviously don't agree he should be tried."

But he didn't want to tell the wacko that to her face. Romney has no intention of risking the wacko vote.

On Tuesday, North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, even though a 1996 state law already banned such marriages. As a punishment, the Democrats will go ahead and hold their party convention in North Carolina in September.

Vice President Biden said Sunday he was all for same-sex marriage. President Obama opposed it in the past, saying he was "constantly evolving" on the matter. On Monday, the White House said Obama was still "evolving," but by Wednesday Obama told ABC News, "I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

Some will say Obama has done this because the gay and lesbian community supports him financially. But it actually took some courage. Same-sex marriage is not popular with older black voters, and Obama needs older black voters. (He needs all minority voters, in fact, since he is almost certain to lose the white vote in 2012, just as he did in 2008.)

Courage is currently out of favor in politics, however. Courage often gets you a one-way ticket to Palookaville.

Republican Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana has been a staunch conservative for his entire 35 years in the Senate. He opposed Obama both on his health care and stimulus plans. But Lugar also reached out to Democrats on matters he considered vital to U.S. security — making sure the nuclear warheads of the old Soviet Union did not fall into the hands of terrorists and rogue states — and also on matters of principle: He was the chief sponsor in the Senate in 1986 of a law to impose sanctions on the apartheid government of South Africa. When Ronald Reagan vetoed it, Lugar joined with Ted Kennedy to successfully override the veto.

Ten years later, I sat with Lugar in a hotel coffee shop in Austin, Texas. He was running for the Republican nomination for president. "I'm trying to be intellectually responsible," he told me. I resisted the urge to stop taking notes and scribble "Doomed" across his forehead.

Tuesday, Lugar lost his primary fight for another Senate term. Others who have reached their hands across the aisle, like Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine and Democrats Jim Webb of Virginia and Kent Conrad of North Dakota, are not even bothering to seek re-election. What's the use?

Lugar, understandably bitter, said of the man who defeated him: "What he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party. ... This is not conducive to problem-solving and governance."

Of course it's not. But Congress is not about "problem-solving and governance." Quite the opposite. Congress today is about making sure nothing gets done, because if something gets done, then one party or the other will take credit for it.

Rather than risk that, Congress has collapsed from its former state of sluggishness to one of paralysis. For example: A bill to keep the interest on loans to college students at 3.4 percent rather than have it rise to 6.8 percent was expected to have smooth sailing. Both Democrats and Republicans are fond of college students and especially their parents, and it is an election year, after all.

But the bill entered limbo Tuesday, when a party-line vote in the Senate meant Democrats could not get the 60 votes they needed to proceed on the bill. Neither party is actually against the bill, they differ on how to pay for it: Democrats want to raise taxes on the wealthy, and Republicans want to eliminate part of Obama's health care law.

If nothing is done by July 1, the loan rates will double.

Who will stop this? According to The New York Times, the vote on Tuesday was the 21st time Senate Republicans have successfully filibustered a Democratic bill since this Congress took office in January 2011.

Congress used to do things. Now it specializes in not doing things.

I am reminded of a famous exchange in the movie "Sunset Boulevard," starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson.

"You're Norma Desmond," Holden says. "You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big."

"I am big," she replies. "It's the pictures that got small."

America's problems are still big. It's most of our leaders who have gotten small.

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