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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 July 23, 2012 / 5 Menachem-Av, 5772

Looking forward to the presidential debates

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is in serious trouble.

The economy will not improve significantly before the November election. Republican Mitt Romney is vastly out-raising Obama in financial contributions. And Obama's approval rating is at its lowest level; the latest CBS/New York Times poll finds that only 39 percent of Americans surveyed approve of his handling of the economy. His favorable rating is only 36 percent, meaning almost two-thirds of Americans aren't impressed.

True, the race is neck and neck right now, and the election outcome will be decided by a small percentage of independent voters in swing states. But the trend is against Obama, who has been steadily dropping in his appeal to voters and his job-approval rating.

The public is still getting to know Romney, which is why Obama's campaign has been outspending the Romney campaign trying to imprint an image of him on voters' minds.

The themes of Obama's ads: Why won't Romney release more than two years of tax returns? Romney's name was still associated with Bain Capital, the financial-services company he co-founded, while he was working on the Salt Lake City Olympic Games and Bain companies were shipping jobs overseas. Romney is a wealthy man who doesn't understand the problems of middle-income Americans. Why won't he disclose his big Wall Street donors?

In turn, Romney has been slamming Obama daily as incompetent and clueless about how the economy works while he, a rich businessman, understands it.

Short of a disastrous gaffe by the cautious Romney or a miraculous economic recovery, Obama has to come up with a better strategy than saying the economy would have been worse if he had not been president. And, sooner or later, voters will start demanding of Romney exactly what he would do to get employers to start hiring, short of more tax cuts for the rich and curtailing federal regulations on businesses.

That is why Obama's best hope lies in the debates this fall, when a majority of Americans will start paying attention to the campaigns. Romney will have to get specific or face widespread ridicule, and Obama will have to explain how a second term would be different from his first -- and better for average Americans -- or he will face defeat.

We need to see both men, side by side, answering tough questions in depth about the economy, social engineering, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Europe, our declining infrastructure, climate change, energy, education, immigration and, most of all, how each sees the future of the country.

The philosophies represented by Obama and Romney are remarkably different. But certainly Romney believes government has a role in our daily lives; certainly Obama would concede government's role needs redefining. And how should we reduce our national debt and annual deficit? Does Romney really believe we can increase military spending, cut taxes and balance the budget?

Obama's real problem is that two out of every three Americans are still worried that he or she or someone close to them will lose a job this next year. Given that fear, in an era of 8.2 percent unemployment, many Americans are considering voting for Romney not out of certainty he could fix the problem but out of desperation -- any proposal is better than the economic situation we have now.

The enthusiasm of 2008 for Obama is all but gone in a fog of disillusionment, even though everyone agrees he had a much more arduous job than anyone foresaw. He also has withstood vitriolic personal attacks, including the despicable and ridiculous charge that he is not an American citizen.

It would be great if we could all ignore the negativity and nastiness that hundreds of millions of donor dollars will drench us with in TV ads this election season. We can't, and we won't.

But we can all hope the debates will be a reasoning person's antidote. The more, the better.

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Previously:


07/13/12:A do-nothing Congress exacts high costs
06/25/12: Take a vacation: It's your duty
06/19/12: Dems: 'Do something'
04/30/12: Will Mitt Romney finally let a hair down?
04/23/12: Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead
04/02/12: We need to talk about aging
03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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