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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 3, 2012/ 13 Tammuz, 5772

No Way GOP Could Win on Health Care Decision

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the court of public opinion, Republican officials cannot win. It's a known fact, made more evident with each news cycle, that many campaign issues are lose-lose for the GOP.

If the Supreme Court had overturned Obamacare, the public no doubt would have turned against the GOP for being too obstructionist, the GOP-led Supreme Court for being too judicially activist and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for flip-flopping on the individual mandate.

When the big bench upheld the Affordable Care Act, Team Obama won the glory. Republican-appointed Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberal justices; opinion writers praised him for his statesmanship. The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin, for example, saluted Roberts' "singular act of courage."

Likewise when Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy joined three Democratic-appointed justices to nullify three provisions of the Arizona immigration law.

When one of the four Democratic-appointed justices joined the five GOP justices in a decision -- but wait; that never happens in a big case. The Dem justices stuck together in favor of the Affordable Care Act, against Citizens United in Montana and in an opinion to strike down most of the Arizona immigration law.

When conservative justices stick together, they are rigid ideologues, party hacks or both. When liberal justices stick together, it's because they are true to their vaunted principles. All bow.

Republicans can't win. The former Massachusetts governor, the party's all-but-certain nominee, is the only Republican in the country who imposed a health care plan with an individual mandate on his state. Romney used to call the provision "the ultimate conservative idea," as it told citizens that they'd get government help only if they couldn't afford to take care of themselves. Team Obama is so smitten with Romney's past that White House aides often credit Romney with coming up with the template for Obamacare.

In case you missed Romney's one-time embrace of the individual mandate, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Clinton appointee, made note of that salient fact when she wrote in her concurring opinion that Massachusetts had "cracked the adverse selection problem" by requiring that most Bay State residents obtain insurance.

The worst part: Romney will be the GOP nominee because he was the best candidate in a crowded field. Romney was the heavyweight in the primaries.

Now, I believe that Romney can win in November. But if he does, it won't be so much a function of Romney as it will be a function of President Barack Obama. Many voters do not believe that Obama's government-centric approach to fixing the economy will work. They have little reason to believe that the Affordable Care Act actually will make health care more affordable.

Besides, Obama has spent the past year telling voters he can't pass vital legislation because Republicans are mean obstructionists. So why would voters re-elect a man who can't get things done?

That important question could be the one contest Republicans can win.

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