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December 2, 2014

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 Oct 26, 2011 / 28 Tishrei, 5772

Wit and quick moves v. humanity and thoroughgoing honesty? It's no contest —- or at least shouldn't be

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The wonder of America is that you can grow up in a time when there are separate water fountains in public parks for blacks and whites and years later anticipate the possibility of two black men vying against each other for president in the general election -- Barack Obama and Herman Cain.

Another wonder would be if Cain won, restoring some vital parts that have been misplaced in this land of ours even as other parts have vastly improved.

Do a surface check, and Cain may seem incapable of either. How easy is it for someone with no electoral victories going to win this hardest race of them all, and if he made it to the Oval Office, how would this supposed outsider fare in a city where they mostly chew up novices and spit them out in a day? We see how it worked when inexperienced Obama started work as president. Catastrophe. Head for the hills. Help!

Obama, after all, had done some lecturing, a little law on the side, some community organizing, and, oh yes, he was an Illinois state senator and was elected to the U.S. Senate, though he mostly utilized his time there saying things that contradict what he says now and running for the office that really put a gleam in his eye.

Here is the kind of thing he had not done. He had not climbed to extraordinary success in the private sector, which sometimes almost seems a matter of scorn to him. He had not gone from success in Coca Cola to heading Burger King to being CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Cain did, and was a major success, and if you do not think political skill matters in those kinds of jobs, on top of administrative brilliance, you do not know private enterprise. You want more? He was a civilian mathematician with the Navy, is a Baptist minister, a columnist, a radio host and was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

He had also done some D.C. lobbying as head of an association, and what you learn by that branch of skilled labor is what the zoo looks like up close.

Cain may not have the wit and quick moves of an Obama, but watch him in person if you get a chance, and you will find yourself noticing his humanity, his decency, a thoroughgoing honesty, and you start understanding how he stood tall in dog-eat-dog land. He has special qualities that just might make him a very good fit as president.

But wait a second. Isn't that 9-9-9 business the kind of thing the journalist H.L. Mencken had in mind when he said every serious problem has a simple answer that is wrong?

Not really, because 9-9-9 is just a summing up of an idea to replace a social-engineering, stop-the-economy tax system that took years of strenuous, dishonest, ignorant conniving to devise. Replacing it with a 9 percent sales tax, a flat 9 percent income tax and a 9 percent corporate tax can obviously be questioned on any number of grounds and needs to be filled in with details, but it is hardly what it is portrayed as being. If shaped with skill, it would not raise taxes on the poor. It would definitely leave the middle class better off. And it could make our economy more competitive and robust.

None of this is to say that Cain can win the Republican nomination or that there may not be better choices, but to laugh at his even running is itself the joke, and for commentators of a liberal persuasion to say racism still lingers in the hearty welcome given him by conservatives is a worse joke. These commentators seem to think that looking beyond skin color to the content of character and philosophy does not count if the philosophy is not one they embrace. It is a non-sequitur, and it is not bright.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:

10/07/11: Baptists, bootleggers and Wall Street protesters

10/05/11: Federal law will get you even if you watch out

09/28/11: Leftist bugbears on the march

09/23/11: Still hope for coal to help us

09/21/11: Obama's Madoff ploy

09/19/11: U.S. can't afford to wait until it happens

09/14/11: Defending -- and strengthening -- gung ho collectivism

09/12/11: A pipeline to better times

09/08/11: Obama just keeps destroying jobs

09/06/11: Ultra-feminists thwarting justice

08/31/11: Corporations are people? Yes, Count the ways

08/26/11: What an earthquake tells us about debt

08/25/11: The tyranny of scientific consensus

08/23/11: Fracking hardly a public health threat

08/17/11: Why Obamacare won't control births

08/15/11: Balanced budget amendment unbalanced idea

08/10/11: Kerry's war on citizen speech

08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers

08/03/11: The people who may save America

07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ

07/27/11: The threat behind the debt

07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing

07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse

07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling

07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly

07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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