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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 Aug 30, 2012 / 12 Elul, 5772

Obama loses election lead over economy

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Voters have hardened their views about the economy and now decisively reject Obama's economic record and say they see no reason for it to get better in a second term. Instead, they conclude that the president doesn't know how to turn the economy around, has limited business or economic experience and is "in over his head." Obama's attacks on Romney and his charge that the Republican would only help the rich have failed to blunt Romney's strength on the economic issue.

While voters agree, by 48-35, that "Romney would do a good job of fixing the economy and creating jobs," they reject, by 40-49, the central Obama charge against Romney that the Republican "only cares about the rich and does not look out for the average person." The 40 percent who agree with this statement — the summation of Obama's negative campaign — amount to little more than the party's base loyalists.

But, while his negatives aren't working, Obama faces daunting challenges over the economy. By 50-35, voters agree that "President Obama's economic policies have largely failed" and by 53-35, voters agree that "if Obama is reelected, there is no reason to believe he will be more successful with the economy than he has been to date."

Indeed, voters have concluded that Obama doesn't know how to fix the economy. By 48-41, they say that he is "in over his head and doesn't know how to improve the economy."

While voters agree with Obama that taxes on the rich should be increased and that Romney won't do it (by 48-33), they believe that "taxing rich people more is just a symbolic step. The actual revenues are very small" by a margin of 47-30. In fact, by 52-29, they agree that "taxing anybody, rich or middle-class, right now will hurt the economy."

Obama doesn't have much to show for the months and millions he has spent attacking Romney. My polling suggests that his negatives have not scored except with the Democratic base.

None of his attacks over Bain Capital, for instance, attracts agreement from more than the 40 percent of the vote that is Obama's Democratic base.

Forty percent (the Obama base) agree that "at Bain Capital, Romney was ruthless in laying off workers, cutting their benefits and making big profits in the process." But 48 percent see it differently and believe that "at Bain Capital, Romney took a large number of failing companies and turned them around, creating thousands of jobs in the process. Companies like Staples and Toys'R'Us."

Obama gets more traction on his attacks on Romney's personal income taxes. While only 23 percent believe Mitt cheats on his taxes, 57 percent agree that while "he may not cheat, he pays very little in taxes on a huge income." And 47 percent agree that Romney "has offshore bank accounts to hide his money from taxes."

But these negatives seem to make little difference in how people vote since the conviction is so widespread — well over 50 percent — that Romney would be materially better at fixing the economy and creating jobs.

The Democratic theme of pounding on Romney over class-warfare and tax issues is just not working and is overshadowed by voter concerns over Obama's ability to handle the economy.

Note: These poll numbers are from a survey of 500 likely voters that I conducted on Thursday, Aug. 23.

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