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 June 19, 2012

Dems: 'Do something'

By Ann McFeatters

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Like a tennis match, one minute the ball is in Barack Obama's court. His fans cheer wildly. Then Mitt Romney scores. His people jump up and down in exultation.

But for the first time Democrats are frightened. Nobody expects bleak job numbers to improve much before the election. Despite 27 months of economic improvement, millions of voters aren't optimistic.

If that feeling persists into November, as seems possible if not likely, conventional wisdom suggests Obama will be job-hunting come January.

A lot of Democrats are demanding, both quietly and publicly, that Obama "do something."

Some want him to announce a "bold" new job creation initiative, such as putting masses of people to work rebuilding America's crumbling infrastructure. But he tried that and got painted with the "big spender" brush. And the money ran out.

Bottom line: There is no money for a massive public works project.

The Pentagon is seriously warning that "disaster," in defense chief Leon Panetta's word, looms as the military faces $1 trillion dollars in cuts over the next 10 years unless Congress acts to prevent a "meat axe coupled with a chain saw" from being applied to defense. Most government programs will take a hit.

Some Democrats want Obama to force Congress to adopt his proposed policies to create jobs and make taxes fairer. But Republicans are clear it is not in their interest to work with Obama on much of anything.

Some Democrats want Obama to give more rousing campaign speeches. He's doing that but some complain that looks as though he's all about politics. Republicans say he should stay in Washington and do his job.

The president is between a rock and a hard place. His own base is disappointed, with some clearly demoralized. His opposition is fierce and certain to have a billion dollars to label his presidency a failure. The country's billionaires are lining up behind Romney, promising money whenever he needs it. Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate who funded Newt Gingrich, gave $10 million to help Romney and says he is willing to spend up to $100 million. So far, Obama's biggest backer has spent $2 million, although his campaign still hopes to raise a billion dollars.

Obama's strategy so far, reminding us he inherited an economic mess that turned out to be the worst recession since the 1930s, is proving to be no match for the belief that the concept of a strong American middle class died on his watch. He can say he saved the domestic auto industry but opponents say that was yesterday.

Obama also strives to tell everyone that Romney's plan -- lower taxes on the wealthy, a smaller government with less responsibility to help individuals and fund research, less regulation of big business -- is the same Bush plan that led to rampant Wall Street greed, the housing market's collapse and burgeoning government debt. Republicans brush that off, arguing that Obama's economic recovery is fizzling and that reinvigorating the private sector is key to recharging the economy. Romney's key argument? Forty months of unemployment over 8 percent.

Obama would like to remind us that he ended the war in Iraq and made the decision to kill Osama bin Laden. But foreign policy isn't on the voters' agenda despite enormous problems, such as what to do about Syria and Pakistan and Europe. Romney indicates war against Iran is a possibility and rattles his saber at Russia and China. But he never elaborates.

Democrats are right to be worried. Romney is working hard to make the election a referendum on the economy, and Obama's counter-argument that the recession could have been a lot worse is not resonating. Obama's job now is to build an effective argument that he has a workable vision to recharge the economy and create jobs, not that he deserves a second chance.

The court will see a lot more head-swiveling play before the game is over.

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