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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/ 29 Sivan, 5772

Mitt Romney's chances look better

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's not unusual for a sitting president to blame his predecessor for the nation's ills, particularly when it comes to the economy. The Democrats ran against Herbert Hoover for decades. Franklin Roosevelt, his successor, survived three elections on the strength of that, despite the fact he had little success in turning things around until war loomed.

Barack Obama has spent his first 3 1/2 years telling Americans the economy's continued sluggishness is all George W. Bush's fault, not his. Is that going to be enough to win him another four years? Even some of his party brethren don't think so.

While the president has been sounding that familiar refrain from coast to coast, it sounds less and less convincing amid new signs of domestic as well as global economic turmoil. The best example that things still aren't right: the recent figures on unemployment, which show only 69,000 new jobs created, a dramatic shortfall.

Obama is a candidate long on charisma but woefully short on experience, who roared to victory on a theme of change that, as far as millions of voters are concerned, hasn't materialized. What now? If he is to overcome the obstacles to a second term, experts believe he must go back to the political easel and depict his accomplishments in new ways. The election is more and more a referendum on him.

There still are five months to go, not a short time in politics if American pocketbooks are flush and the growth numbers are solidly positive. But turning around a resistant economy in that amount of time is not easy, especially when it is subject to pressures from the rest of the world. Even the dynamo that is China is feeling the impact of the eurozone's woes and U.S. markets are wiping out gains made in the first five months of the year. Clearly, couple of decent job reports would help the president's fortunes.

Adding to his woes, Obama looked utterly out of touch with reality when he commented that the private sector is "doing fine" as he attacked Republicans for not pushing for more government jobs. That prompted an outcry of derision from his opposition. He later tried to clarify his remarks, but the damage had been done.

A few months ago, when the Republican presidential nomination looked to be in disarray and Romney was seen as a poor threat, Obama seemed to be on track to win a second term.

But the former Massachusetts governor's chances appear much better. The once-fractured Republican Party has pulled together and Romney has been able to aggressively challenge the president on a number of issues. There is nothing like a real prospect of winning to heal old wounds.

Obama's attack on Romney's management skills - as a venture capital manager that helped make him one of the wealthiest presidential candidates in history - don't seem to have worked all that well. It was, even Obama's supporters agreed, a chancy strategy. Romney, on the other hand, has been lambasting his opponent with figures showing what everyone knows: that the national wallet is still losing much of its heft despite Obama's claims of success.

The smart money still is on the incumbent at this stage, but there are fewer experts who would want to bet. Veteran political observers agree that a 47 percent national approval rating for the president would cost him re-election. Those numbers aren't too far off, according to the latest polls. Another indicator of Romney's growing status is the fact his presidential campaign has raised more money lately than Obama's.

Obama stumped the nation the last time, making promises he probably knew he couldn't keep. Fewer Americans are willing to accept excuses that are rooted in the Bush era. It now looks as if the president is in the fight of his life, and what appeared to be a close but distinct victory is no longer there - at least if the election were held tomorrow.

A few more gaffes might not be easy to overcome.

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06/08/12: Pakistan not an ally worthy of the name

06/05/12: Americans have a right to be bloated

06/01/12: Quota system would dilute school's quality

05/27/12: Even now, Memorial Day means summer camp

05/18/12: Is there a public right to know too much?

05/09/12: American exceptionalism --- exceptional generosity

05/04/12: The Edwards trial is a sorry affair

05/02/12: Common sense needs to be taught . . . to school administrators

04/30/12: We must deal with college student debt rate

04/10/12: At least Ryan has a deficit-cutting plan

04/05/12: Celebrate one-year rent-a-teams?

03/12/12: A kinder, gentler day when fists settled disputes

03/05/12: Do conservatives want a victory or a statement?

02/27/12: Hillary vs. Jeb?

02/17/12: Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

02/17/12: Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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