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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 Oct 5, 2011 / 7 Tishrei, 5772

Obama's shellacking shines

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The conventional wisdom holds that the parties in Congress are not locked in a zero-sum game where the loss of one triggers the gain of the other. Instead, it appears that the parties are embracing each other in a downward death spiral, losing public favor with each passing month as their bickering continues. But, outside the Beltway, Gallup reports, there is a decided national shift in favor of the Republican Party and against the Democrats.

While both parties have negative images, each showing unfavorables in the mid-50s, there has been a decided shift in voter opinions on which party will do the best job of fixing the economy and of focusing on our major problems.

Gallup has asked which party would do the best job of handling the nation's leading issue. In 2008, Democrats won this crucial measurement by a whopping 47 percent to 30 percent. By 2010, their edge was down to 43 percent to 35 percent. Now the Republican Party has taken the lead by 7 points, 44 percent to the Democrats' 37.

Asked which party would do the better job of promoting prosperity in the United States, Republicans have again gained the lead. Democrats led in Gallup's measurement from 2003 to 2009. In 2008, they held a 54-percent-to-34-percent lead. By 2010, the parties were tied. Now the Republicans have a lead of 9 points — 48 percent to the Democrats' 39.

There's a lot swing or independent voters don't like about each party. They see the Republicans as too beholden to the wealthy and too rigid in their opposition to taxes, abortion and gay marriage. And they see Democrats as too prone to class warfare, reckless big spending and excessive government regulation.

In the more profound indications of party loyalty, Americans remain agnostic. Voter identification with one or the other party still remains about even, and neither party gets much public approval.

But when measured in the real world — as alternatives — the Republican advantage will be telling in 2012.

It is one thing to enter a general election with an unpopular president at the top of the ticket. It is quite another to be an unpopular party — top to bottom.

Obama's negatives have seeped into the fabric of the Democratic Party. His incompetent handling of the economy, his weakness in getting his policies adopted and his addiction to government spending have all left an indelible stain on the party's image.

This stain is bound to affect not just President Obama, but all the party's candidates for the House and the Senate. Will 2012 be more of a rout than even 2010? The answer is in the Gallup data. In 2010, the parties were about even on the issue of prosperity. Now the Republicans have a lopsided advantage. As bad as the Democratic debacle of 2010 was — a "shellacking," Obama called it — the data indicate that 2012 may be even worse.

And Obama's not finished making negatives for his party. The economy is likely to enter yet another recession, and job data look to get worse rather than better. And the Solyndra scandal may be the portent of things to come. As details of influence-peddling and conflicts of interest involved in making the loan emerge, the Obama patronage operation could look more and more like typical Chicago politics. There is also a good chance that more green jobs loans will go bad and that other companies will go belly-up, costing taxpayers even more money.

The weakness of capitalism is greed. The weakness of socialism is corruption. The lure of a stimulus package filled with money and the rush to spend it may have been invitations to self-dealing that were too much for this administration to pass up. It is entirely possible that corruption will emerge as a key issue against Obama in the 2012 election, further besmirching his undeserved image of integrity.


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