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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 July 29, 2011 / 27 Tamuz, 5771

On making deals, Obama is no LBJ

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Come let us reason together," Lyndon Baines Johnson used to say in negotiating deals everyone thought impossible, and what our current president says when he is not walking out of the room or going back on his word is that the other side is a bunch of children. Boy will that get results.

President Barack Obama is an arrogant mixture of political opportunism mixed with ideological overreaching, and even that might work if he wasn't such an amateur more intent on condescension than reaching compromises crucial in a democratic political system. It's not a formula for success in the real world, and it has been on absolutely scary display during the debt debate.

Let's get back to Johnson because, no matter what you think of a presidency that had serious faults, he was an absolute master of bringing people together to get things done. Part of it, of course, was that this outsized man had an outsized personality that could be ingratiatingly humble when that was the need, or as domineering as an armored tank among tulips when that was required.

The other part was that he had been studying Washington and its people since he first arrived on the scene as a young congressional aide who pretty much ran the golf-playing congressman's office. He knew the workings of the system inside and out, he knew the issues inside and out, he knew the players inside and out.

Johnson used his skill as Democratic Senate majority leader to work harmoniously with the Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower. As president himself, he used the skill to give this country what I believe is the single most important federal law enacted in my lifetime, the 1964 Civil Rights Act. While the moment was right and some things were tamer then, no one should forget the powerful segregationists in his own party during a time of racism far wore than what we know today.

Turn now to Obama, whose training was community organizing, lecturing occasionally, practicing law part time, serving a while in the Illinois Senate and then in the U.S. Senate when he wasn't campaigning for president. He came to his job looking to give us a version of the semi-socialism that has been slowly destroying much of Europe only to be met with the absolute need to reduce government for the sake of a country that can't take much more battering..

Obama's answer to all criticisms was alliteration -- blame Bush -- as joblessness grew and he failed even to lead his fellow Democrats in Congress as they mangled his stimulus and health-care measures, rendering them ridiculous instead of just ill-conceived.

After worsening a truly unfortunate Bush fiscal legacy about two-fold, he appointed a debt commission that came up with solid answers that could have worked for both Democrats and Republicans. He ignored the majority answers, instead giving us a new budget that would so increase the debt over the next 10 years that we would have to sell the country to China. Or something like that.

The Senate Democrats have pleaded the Fifth Amendment on passing any budget for fear that whatever they do could be used against them, and when the Republican House actually took the political chance of passing one to save the nation, Obama took shots at a prime architect, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., as he sat in an audience at the invitation of the president.

Obama's own proposals were mush on the order of his hope and change pledges in his campaign: vague aspirations for goodness and light. He had so much distaste for disagreement, he walked out of one meeting, though he did offer one revenue plan Republican leaders liked before he boosted it by multi-billions. He called the Republicans children for being offended.

I know liberals are livid because Republicans don't want to tax this country into increased joblessness, but for anyone looking at this more objectively, there are two conclusions: Obama is no LBJ, and there is a change we should possibly hope for in the 2012 election.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:

07/27/11:The threat behind the debt

07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing

07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse

07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling

07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly

07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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