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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 Sept. 26, 2011 / 27 Elul, 5771

Obama quickly running out of time

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The one indispensable ingredient for a successful presidency, particularly when the holder of the job is more than a little inexperienced, is a good staff. More and more it looks like President Barack Obama has been missing that from the start. There have been increasing reports of presidential aides divided over what to do and increasingly frustrated by the president's efforts to court Republicans on the one hand and to abandon some of his more liberal principles on the other.

The only other plausible explanation for the president's failure in avoiding the obvious pitfalls that longtime White House observers believe might have prevented his deteriorating stature and possible electability for a second term is that he received good advice but didn't take it. While there may be a mixture of both problems, one is inclined to believe that his reliance on his former Chicago machine cohorts was a major mistake.

These longtime observers note that a less controversial choice than Rep. Rahm Emanuel for his chief of staff might have been more prudent and saved him from some of his own inclinations, namely the expenditure of an inordinate amount of political capital on reforming health care. The ambitious plan took a year of obsessive campaigning at the expense of serious efforts to deal with the nation's declining economic condition manifested mainly in joblessness. There was no consensus for this radical health reform and polls consistently showed that a majority of Americans were concerned about it if not downright skeptical.

Emanuel, now Chicago's mayor, did nothing to dissuade the president nor did he encourage efforts to use the office's persuasiveness with Republicans. His advice to allow congressional Democrats to write the bill was based on Hillary Clinton's ill-fated efforts to create the same overhaul behind closed White House doors. It was a bad decision from beginning to end, further fostering Obama's image as a front man disengaged from the actual day-to-day slugging it out that highlight most major initiatives. Leaving the details up to then Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her troops helped cost the Democrats control of the House.

But even at that, the president's increasingly ravaged approval rating portending a difficult re-election might have been waylaid a year ago by the kind of aggressive speech he made to Congress recently laying out his jobs proposals. A good staff would have seen that need and pressed for it instead of permitting the young president to maintain a posture that while not exactly indifferent was certainly above the fray. Now he faces a struggle to change the economic numbers in a Congress where even some in his own party have expressed dissatisfaction with him and in an atmosphere increasingly politicized by the coming election.

The historic truth of the matter is that the speech and subsequent stumping bolstered by a steady stream of television commercials for the adoption of his jobs bill may have come too late. There is very little time left before the election to put the country back in a substantial growth mode. Americans vote their pocketbooks above all else. Only when most of them are working, buying homes and not worrying about food on the table will they turn their thoughts to other issues. On rare occasions when the economic news is less than positive, they focus on the chief executive's other shortcomings. Had Richard Nixon's economy been better he might have survived Watergate.

What the president has in mind to salvage his political fortunes seems to be to paint the warring Congress in even dimmer shades than the public already perceives them. That will be difficult considering the legislature as a whole already is regarded by the public as abysmal. His emphasis will be on trying to tar the Republicans as obstructionists interested only in their self-preservation and ousting him. It is a difficult situation, but not unlike the one Harry Truman faced in 1948. But Truman had an excellent staff and a go-for-broke attitude that appealed to the common man.

But history is fairly consistent in detailing what occurs to presidents when economic disaster befalls the nation on their watch. They rarely if ever survive it.

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09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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