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 18, 2014 / 20 Sivan, 5774

Clinton and her entitlement

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Why did Hillary Clinton, one of America's most seasoned political figures, fail so spectacularly in her recent television interviews, generating negative stories with each daily installment?

One reason is that she has become accustomed to a foreign press corps that didn't cover either domestic politics or personal criticisms of her. So, in her first series of challenging interviews with America's top journalists who asked tough personal and political questions, the normally sophisticated and articulate Clinton seemed both unseasoned and shockingly unready for the big time.

Her biggest blunder was one she's committed before: pretending that she's just like the rest of us. Amazingly, she claimed that she and Bill were "dead broke," leaving the White House "struggling" to pay the mortgages for their two mansions and their daughter's education. "It wasn't easy," she said, but "hard work" cured it.

It wasn't "easy" on a $16 million income?

Tell that to the people who have been looking for jobs for years and are now losing both their unemployment benefits and their homes. They know what dead broke is. Tell that to the young people who graduate from college with more than $100,000 in debts. They know what's not easy.

And they know that they will never be able to make $200,000 for giving a single speech, like she does. Or $700,000 a speech, like her husband has. Some might even question whether flying on a private jet to get to those lucrative gigs is really "hard work." But Clinton seemed to be suggesting she and her husband were entitled to the big bucks, and appeared to expect sympathy for her far-fetched sob story.

It was one of those unforgettably graphic moments when everyone instantly gets that they are watching someone who is truly, truly out of touch. Like when President George H.W. Bush was amazed by scanners in supermarkets. Or, more distantly, when Marie Antoinette famously prescribed her solution for a shortage of bread: "Let them eat cake."

You can't really fix something like that.

Clinton wants it both ways. She wants to live a life of luxury while pretending that she and Bill are just plain folks — trying to make ends meet, worrying about their next paycheck, trying to scrape together their child's tuition. That's why she told Diane Sawyer that they were "dead broke." She was just pretending she's like everyone else.

But she's not. Her real circumstances made a mockery of her pretense. And viewers instinctively understand that.

Beyond playing the role of a struggling middle classer, Clinton fell flat because her ingrained sense of entitlement came through. Perched in the living room of her posh Georgetown mansion, featuring shots of her turquoise swimming pool, she made it hard to emphasize with her allegedly tough former financial situation. And, of course, she never explained why she needed not one but two lavish mansions before she left the White House. If she was so broke, why didn't she just rent apartments in New York and Washington?

Why? Because she was entitled to two glamorous homes, that's why. She was a senator and a former first lady. She wasn't going to live in any small apartment. Why should she?

The Clintons, especially Hillary, have always been tone deaf about their finances. They've always believed that they're entitled to an opulent lifestyle, even when they can't afford it.

The narrative goes like this: The Clintons do such important work and are such brilliant and exceptional people, they deserve special treatment. We're so lucky they're making the world a better place. They're not like other people, so they shouldn't be treated like other people. Their legal bills should be paid by others, their mortgages guaranteed by others. Their china, silver and furniture should be purchased by others. They're also entitled to grab every last dollar available out there in obscenely overpaid speeches. Get it?

Hillary Clinton's gross sense of entitlement on full display was another big cause of her interview flops. It's not likely to change anytime soon.

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