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 30, 2014 / 2 Tammuz, 5774

Speaker's suit against Obamalikely to backfire

By Joseph Perkins

JewishWorldReview.com | John Boehner plans to sue President Barack Obama. That’s a terrible idea.

Not because the House Speaker’s accusation that “the president has not faithfully executed the laws” of the United States – as required under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution – is without merit.

Indeed, Obama is precisely the kind of chief executive the historian Arthur Schlesinger warned about in his 1973 tome, “The Imperial Presidency.”

A man who would be king, who upsets the balance of powers the nation’s founders instituted, who appropriates the powers “reserved by the Constitution and by long historical practice to Congress.”

The tell-tale signs of Obama’s imperiousness revealed themselves not long after the former constitutional law professor moved into the White House, deciding his first order of business would be enactment of economic “stimulus” legislation.

When Republicans didn’t blithely go along with the president’s proposed $787 billion in deficit spending, he decided he needn’t trouble himself to get their buy-in since his fellow Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House.

So the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act became law over near unanimous GOP opposition.

Then came the president’s proposed makeover of the U.S. health care system, representing one-fifth of the nation’s economy.

Republicans expressed reservations about the legislation. And, again, the president decided it wasn’t worth his time to seek bipartisan support from the loyal opposition.

So the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law with no GOP support.

In the 2010 midterm election, the Nancy Pelosi Democrats lost control of the House and Obama could no longer count on getting his legislative agenda rubber-stamped by Congress.

But rather than reach out to Boehner and the House Republican majority, to find policy issues on which there might be common ground, Obama bashed the loyal opposition in the lower chamber every opportunity he got.

And when House Republicans still refused to get their minds right, Obama decided he would advance his policy agenda by issuing executive orders that had the force of law, effectively abrogating the constitutional power reserved solely to Congress.

So the party of Boehner has a legitimate grievance against the president.

Nevertheless, it would be a huge mistake for the House speaker to pursue his threatened lawsuit against Obama.

That’s because such a legal action would set off a highly partisan, bitterly divisive, uncivil war that Republicans don’t need right now. Indeed, there is an old saying that advises, “When your enemy is in the process of destroying himself, stay out of his way.”

Indeed, Obama is a dead man walking, politically speaking. His disapproval rating is 55 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll. That’s the worst of his presidency.

“Should Obama's approval rating not improve between now and the fall,” said Gallup, “that would certainly weaken Democrats' ability to retain control of the U.S. Senate in this fall's elections.”

So what might help the president improve his approval by the midterm? If Republicans unwisely overplay their hand, unwittingly making Obama a sympathetic figure in the eyes of the American people.

Such was the case for Bill Clinton back in 1998-99.

He was impeached by Boehner and his fellow House Republicans on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. And he was acquitted by the Senate after its Republican majority came nowhere close to mustering the two-thirds vote necessary to turn Clinton out of the White House.

So turned off were the American people by the GOP-driven impeachment proceedings against Clinton that his approval rating rose to 73 percent, the highest of his presidency.

A Republican lawsuit against Obama may not generate as much goodwill toward the Democrat president as the Republican impeachment did for Clinton.

But it could very well improve Obama’s approval rating to the point that his fellow Democrats manage to hold on to the Senate.

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06/02/14 Lib cat-fight
05/19/14 Obama hampering immigration reform
04/8/14 Time for another Constitutional Convention
03/03/14 Trouble finds a growing list of Obama critics

© 2014, Joseph Perkins