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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 27, 2011 / 29 Tishrei, 5772

The Case for Republican Panic

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Republicans, beware.

In 2007 and 2008, Democrats assured one another, "Anyone would be better than Bush." Now you hear the Republican version: "Anyone would be better than Obama."

Such talk raises impossible expectations. "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek," Barack Obama proclaimed in 2008. Very inspirational, but it left Democrats disillusioned and flat-footed when President Obama took his oath of office and the seas did not part.

The war in Iraq didn't just stop. The Afghanistan War didn't get easier after Obama sent more troops. The Muslim world did not cozy up to Washington. Wall Street did not become more ethical. There are still too many corporate behemoths too big to fail -- and if they do, taxpayers likely will be saddled with the damage. The housing bubble continues to poison the economy. The deficit keeps growing. High unemployment persists.

Such talk paints a party into a corner. Remember all those Democrats who groused about President George W. Bush's excessive use of executive power -- warrantless wiretapping, Guantanamo Bay and military tribunals for terrorists -- and the outrage when Saddam Hussein's executioners took his photo? Now you barely hear a peep out of them. Sure, they'll toss out the occasional statement in support of their erstwhile causes, but their hearts aren't in it. They have no moral authority.

Such talk ignores the many things beyond Washington's control -- such as events in the Middle East, Europe's financial woes, and pledges made by the ghosts of Washington past. You can't just erase everything the other party did.

Such talk fails to recognize the nearly Sisyphean effort needed to reform entrenched institutions. Obama is a smart man, and he saw the 2008 financial tsunami coming -- but he has discovered the chasm between seeing it and fixing it.

Now, I happen to think that John McCain would have been a better president than Obama. McCain would not have passed a universal health care package that scared employers silly and convinced big corporations they'd be better off hoarding their cash than expanding U.S. operations. But I never thought McCain was the change America had been waiting for.

Nor do I believe that if voters simply oust Obama, everything will change for the better.

As a Republican, I am panicking. The best GOP candidates stayed out of the race. Now we're stuck with a flock of salesmen who keep assuring voters that their platforms would be easy-peasy. The season's low point occurred during an August debate when all the candidates raised their hands to attest that they would reject a deficit reduction deal that included $1 in tax increases for every $10 of spending cuts.

Obama is no better. He could have chosen to push for tax reform -- lower rates, no loopholes -- to attract bipartisan support and kick-start the economy. Instead, he apparently decided that he has a better chance at winning re-election by failing to pass a jobs package -- with a bill-killing millionaire surtax -- and then blaming the state of the economy on naysaying Republicans. Finger-pointing won the White House in 2008, so he's sticking with the formula.

I'd like to see a GOP nominee who could do better. I would like a Republican who also could govern.

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