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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 Aug 13, 2012 / 25 Menachem-Av, 5772

Tighter left-wing wallets evening the playing field

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are two things that are important in politics," said Mark Hanna, who is credited with running the first modern presidential campaign (for William McKinley in 1896). "The first is money, and I can't remember the second."

President Barack Obama agrees. He spent $740.6 million in his 2008 campaign -- $93.9 million more than George W. Bush and John Kerry spent combined four years before.

The president attended 133 fundraisers between January 2011 and May 2. At this pace, by Election Day he'll have attended more than the five presidents before him put together (208). Despite this, Team Obama's fundraising has fallen well behind the pace of 2008.

In May and June, the campaign for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee raised substantially more than the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which prompted the president to declare in a fundraising email: "I will be the first president in modern history to be outspent in his re-election campaign."

The president poor-mouths to get Democrats to open their wallets. Through June, Team Obama raised $326 million -- 44 percent more than Team Romney.

Overall, the Obama campaign, the DNC and liberal PACs have raised about $125 million more than the Romney campaign, the RNC and conservative PACs.

But the cheesy effort to get newlyweds to ask their guests to make a campaign contribution in lieu of a wedding gift indicates some of the panic in the fundraising appeals is real.

It's all but impossible for Republicans to overcome the Democrats' fundraising lead. But Mr. Romney may have more to spend in October, because the president has been as profligate with his campaign funds as he is with the taxpayers' money. In May and June, his campaign spent more than it raised.

Team Obama has spent about $130 million on ads attacking Mr. Romney as a rich, out-of-touch out-sourcer of jobs. That's an enormous amount for this early, but the strategy was sound. The president can't run on his accomplishments, because there aren't any. He can win only if he can convince Americans the alternative is worse.

But since the ads began running, Mr. Romney has closed the gap with the president. In a few polls, Mr. Romney's personal favorability rating has edged past Mr. Obama's. This is all the more remarkable because Mr. Obama had the airways to himself. Team Romney, husbanding its resources for the fall, has spent little to answer the attack ads.

This doesn't mean, necessarily, that all the money spent on the ads has been wasted. Were it not for them, Mr. Romney may have risen further in the polls. But when you spend so much, you expect to do better than to lose ground more slowly. Team Obama also burns through cash much faster because its fixed costs are much higher than are Team Romney's.

Contrary to media mythology, Democrats usually have a huge money advantage because of all labor unions spend on their behalf. Unions have spent $4.4 billion on politics and lobbying since 2005 -- about four times as much as what they report to the Federal Elections Commission, said the Wall Street Journal on July 10.

The Democrats' money advantage will be much smaller this year, chiefly because so many who gave to Mr. Obama before aren't writing checks now. Through June, 87 percent of those who gave $200 or more in 2008 have yet to donate to his re-election campaign, according to BuzzFeed.

The Supreme Court's ruling that threw out limits on spending by independent groups (Citizens United, 2010) helped conservatives narrow the gap.

But left-wing groups still spend more.

Unions spent a lot fighting reforms in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere. Where successful, reforms have put a crimp in union resources. So has the Supreme Court's ruling in July which forbids unions to make nonmember workers pay fees for politics. So they have less to spend on Democrats. And this time labor bosses would rather spend their money on their own activities than give it to Democrats. They, too, are disappointed by Mr. Obama.

He hasn't delivered what they wanted most. And though he'd promised "to walk the picket line with you," he was a no-show in Wisconsin.

The playing field still slants left. But for Democrats, it's getting uncomfortably close to level.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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