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 August 24, 2009 / 4 Elul 5769

Florida at the crossroads

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Once sworn into office, the victors reverted to type. In their view, apparently, the ends justified the means."

So said Ronald Reagan, speaking in March of 1975. But it could be Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, in the summer of 2009.

Rubio, the 38-year-old former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, is running against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in a primary for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Mel Martinez.

Rubio has been billed as the Republican answer to Barack Obama. But at a time when some are aching for the second coming of the Gipper, the young lawyer is more believable evoking our 40th president.

Rubio is fond of the March 1975 speech in which Reagan firmly proclaimed his conservative principles: fiscal responsibility, small government, and law and order.

As Reagan timelessly emphasized: "A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers. … And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way."

Rubio would have Crist go away after his term as governor is up, without adding a Senate seat to his resume. Rubio has been critical of Crist for buying into the federal "stimulus" package earlier this year. Rubio recently Tweeted: "Florida unemployment now highest since 1975. The stimulus package my opponent supported is really working well, isn't it?" Rubio talks about "meaningful tax reform … putting government in its proper role … (and) incentivizing the innovator." He insists that "unresolved problems get harder and harder to solve," which is at the heart of why he's so adamantly against the bad Band-Aid of the stimulus.

Rubio exudes a candid self-possession that can be rare in a politician. And substance accompanies his Reagan quotes. While retiring senator Mel Martinez, who was born in Cuba, cast a vote for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Rubio has no interest in playing on his heritage (his parents are Cuban exiles). He's an American and has no interest in hyphens or contributing to balkanization. He's on the right of conservative Jeb Bush on immigration, and speaks with a moral confidence on world affairs, despite his youth. Shortly after the election uprisings in Iran, Rubio bemoaned the president's refusal to speak with the same kind of vigor on behalf of the Iranian people.

And yet this hasn't added up to support from Rubio's own party

"I never thought I'd see the day when a conservative was the insurgent in a Republican primary," Rubio says. The powers that be in the GOP — most notably the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which endorsed Crist almost immediately after he announced he was running for the seat - have simple, cynical reasons for supporting Crist.

Florida's governor knows how to raise money, and his clout and name recognition will guarantee that the Senate seat stays in Republican hands at a time when Republicans have only 40 seats, with six incumbents soon to retire.

Rubio is 22 points behind Crist in the best-case scenario polling for next summer's Republican Senate primary. But that can be considered good news for Rubio: he was 46 points behind in May.

That's the argument of Rubio adviser Pat Shortridge, who in a recent memo wrote: "While there is still one year and five days to go until Primary Election Day, the numbers have been narrowing over the past 90 days without the Rubio campaign running a single advertisement and despite Marco's relatively low name identification. The tortoise keeps gaining on the hare."

And while it won't win you an election, Rubio's hair isn't bad, either. (These things can help.) And if he can keep running — and manage to drown out the rumors that he's not in it to win it — you will be talking about him a year from now, wherever you live.

And, yes, the Obama comparisons will only increase — a young pol who surges from behind to take out an "inevitable" establishment candidate. (National Review borrows from the president with a Rubio cover on our current issue with the tag line "Yes, He Can.")

"I'm not Don Quixote here," Rubio makes clear. "This campaign embodies everything you're hearing at the town halls."

Rubio is not running just against Crist, but also against a welfare-state mentality, as Americans flock to town-hall meetings to oppose a government takeover of health care. "We're facing the false choice to surrender liberties," he tells me. It's a reminder Republicans need to hear as much as anyone.

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