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 27, 2012/ 7 Tamuz, 5772

Romney 'Between Fear and Greed'

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Each week, the Mitt Romney campaign helpfully provides evidence to reporters of how America is going to hell in a handbasket under the administration of Barack Obama.

The Romney campaign sends out an email titled, "Not the Week of Headlines President Obama Was Looking For."

Last week, the email contained 13 stories that included:

CNBC: "Job Openings Report Shows Market Is ... Really, Really Bad."

Bloomberg News: "Americans Hold Dimmest View on Economic Outlook in Five Months."

The Washington Post: "Everybody's Moving Into Their Parents' Basements."

The Obama campaign similarly posts negative stories about Romney.

The campaigns like to use the media's reporting under the (possibly dubious) theory that people trust the media more than they trust campaigns.

If so, the last few days have been far rougher on Romney than on Obama. Three major news organizations published major stories calling into question Romney's behavior while running Bain Capital.

Even though, as I pointed out recently, businessmen historically have made lousy presidents, Romney's main qualification to be president rests largely on his performance at Bain, a private equity firm (it bought other companies) that he co-founded and ran for nearly 15 years, making a fortune in the process.

Romney also ran the 2002 Winter Olympics, which he often talks about, and served a single term as governor of Massachusetts. He rarely talks about the latter, largely because of the health care plan he instituted there, which became a model for Obama's health care plan and is today unpopular with Romney's Republican base.

While Romney would like to make the election about Obama's performance as president, Romney must also make the case that he would do better. He tries to make that case by stressing his accomplishments at Bain and all the good he did there by creating jobs for Americans.

"The president's a nice guy, but he's never had a job in the private sector," Romney often says. "He's never created a job. I think it helps to have had a job to create a job."

But did he create jobs? And where did he create them? Here or in Asia?

Last Thursday, Tom Hamburger wrote a story in The Washington Post headlined, "Romney's Bain Capital Invested in Companies That Moved Jobs Overseas."

The story began: "Mitt Romney's financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India."

The next day, Michael Luo and Julie Creswell published a story in The New York Times under the headline, "Companies' Ills Did Not Harm Romney's Firm."

The key paragraph in the story stated that of the 40 U.S. companies in which Bain held a majority stake during Romney's tenure, "at least seven eventually filed for bankruptcy while Bain remained involved, or shortly afterward. ... In some instances, hundreds of employees lost their jobs. In most of those cases, however, records and interviews suggest that Bain and its executives still found a way to make money."

Two days after that, Michael Kranish and Beth Healy of the Boston Globe published a story headlined, "The Story Behind Romney and the Junk Bond King."

The junk bond king was the infamous Michael Milken, who headed Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. and ended up being sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $600 million in fines and restitution for securities fraud.

At the time of Romney's financial dealings with Milken, the Globe reported, "it was widely known that Milken and his company were under federal investigation, yet Romney decided to go ahead with the deal ... saying, "It was fun while it lasted."

Romney used the money he got from Milken's company "to turn a $10 million investment into a $175 million profit for himself, his partners and his investors."

The killer quotation in the story comes from Marc Wolpow, "a former Drexel employee who was involved in the deal and later was hired by Romney to work at Bain Capital."

"Mitt, I think, spent his life balanced between fear and greed," Wolpow said. "He knew that he had to make a lot of money to launch his political career."

The Romney campaign has mounted a defenses to these stories, but its greatest luck so far is that the public often does not focus on stories that are both lengthy and deal with complex financial matters.

People often demand that the media dig out the "truth" rather than just deal in "he said/ she said" stories, but the public has to be willing to read, listen and absorb the truth.

You can lead the public to water, but you can't make it drink.

Yet the Romney campaign has to be worried about how many more shoes are going to drop. After a while, the public develops an impression of a candidate, even if it doesn't follow the details behind that impression.

Those people who think this election is going to be determined by the unemployment figure released on the Monday before Election Day are wrong. You can't beat an incumbent president with a statistic. You have to beat him with a better choice.

And if that choice is between Obama and the guy who balanced his life between "fear and greed," then Obama has a real chance.

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