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 16, 2014 / 18 Sivan, 5774

Cantor ran to serve the elites: Dave Brat's populist message may scare Hillary

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | On Tuesday, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., became the first House majority leader ever to be defeated in a primary election. No one in Washington saw this coming. Most try harder to spin the result than to understand why it happened. They will regret it.

Good candidates win. Bad candidates lose.

Eric Cantor, like Mitt Romney, is an intelligent man of good character and genuine accomplishment. But like Mr. Romney — and for essentially the same reasons — he was a terrible candidate.

The victor, Dave Brat, who teaches economics at Randolph-Macon College, could be in real life the character played by Jimmy Stewart in the Frank Capra film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” thinks screenwriter Roger L. Simon. “The professor seemed a bright man, refreshingly direct and honest, addressing ideas and issues in a, well, professorial manner rarely heard in politics these days,” Mr. Simon said. “He was also free of rancor toward Cantor, whom he judged a good man in a way that appeared authentic.”

Rep. Cantor spent as much on steakhouse events as Dave Brat spent on his entire campaign. But the professor made the most of his limited resources. The turning point may have come May 28, when he hijacked a news conference Rep. Cantor had called to get out of the hole he’d dug for himself on illegal immigration.

There was little difference between the candidates on most issues, but a considerable difference in how they were presented. Prof. Brat spoke clearly and simply about fundamental principles. Rep. Cantor seemed always to equivocate.

Many conservatives have wildly unrealistic expectations for what can be accomplished with control of just one-half of one-third of the government. But they’re right to be disgusted with the performance of GOP Congresses during the Bush administration and justified in demanding Republicans oppose more vigorously the Obama administration’s flagrant disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law.

It was chiefly the impression he was too close to wealthy special interest groups, too timid in defending the values his constituents hold dear that did in Eric Cantor.

Their fondness for cheap labor is why big business supports travesties such as the “Gang of 8” immigration bill. His constituents think Rep. Cantor cared more for their money, and Wall Street’s, than for them.

But those who say illegal immigration wasn’t an important issue are foolish, or think you are.

The majority leader might have won, or at least not lost so badly (he got creamed, 56 percent to 44 percent) if the primary hadn’t been held when illegal immigrants, invited by our lawless president, are flooding across our southern border.

Dave Brat speaks about illegal immigration in ways all Republicans would be wise to emulate. He expresses no animus toward those who sneaked into the country in search of a better life. He emphasizes how much illegal immigration depresses the wages of Americans who were born here.

Giddy Democrats think the majority leader’s defeat is a problem just for Republicans. But it isn’t only Republicans who notice that our obese, dysfunctional government serves mostly a politically connected elite.

Not many bus drivers or sales clerks attended the $32,400 a plate fundraiser the president spoke at Wednesday. When Goldman Sachs speaks, Hillary Clinton listens. Big bucks from billionaire environmentalists are more important than jobs for union workers for Democrats in Michigan, Colorado and elsewhere.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are poster children for post-achievement politics. They’ve reached the top without ever having accomplished anything.

Sacrifice is for the little people. Mr. Obama lavishes taxpayer money on himself and his family. The Clintons have mansions in Georgetown and Chappaqua and a reported net worth of up to $200 million.

But at home and abroad, the grave consequences of failed policies have become too obvious for media spin to conceal. And it isn’t only Republicans who “see a grim future for themselves, their children and their country,” wrote Ron Fournier in the National Journal. “They believe their political leaders are selfish, greedy and short-sighted.”

Eric Cantor’s defeat was the canary in the coal mine, a harbinger of things to come. If I were Hillary Clinton, I’d be very, very afraid.


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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

© 2014, Jack Kelly