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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 Nov. 5, 2012/ 20 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Why America hates most lib policies

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Liberal ideas sound attractive to many when liberals propose them. But when liberal policies are put into practice, they become unpopular, because they don't work:

• His $823 billion stimulus bill would reduce unemployment to 5.8 percent, President Barack Obama said. Instead, we've had the longest period of sustained high unemployment since the Depression.

• He'd cut the deficit in half in his first term, Mr. Obama said. It's doubled.

• Obamacare will cut the health insurance premiums the average family must pay by $2,500, the president said. Instead, they've risen by that amount.

• His outreach to Islamists would increase respect for the United States in the Middle East and make us safer, Mr. Obama said. But respect for the U.S. has plummeted, according to Pew's annual poll. On 9/11/2012 and the three days following, al-Qaida launched its most successful attacks since the first 9/11. Voters beguiled by liberal promises become disenchanted with liberal results, and vote accordingly in the next election.

We saw this happen in the Carter administration; after the first two years of Bill Clinton's presidency, and now, especially, in the Obama administration.

President Clinton was spared Jimmy Carter's fate because he heeded the message voters sent via the GOP takeover of Congress in the 1994 midterms. He's the only Democratic president since FDR to be re-elected.

When the voters in 2010 told President Obama to change course, he paid no attention.

Liberals notice, eventually, that their policies have become unpopular. But they are unwilling or unable to link cause and effect. Bill Clinton excepted, it never occurs to them to adjust their policies, or to rethink them altogether. There must be some other explanation for why voters turn away.

The problem was marketing, a Democratic senator told Politico a few weeks after their midterm thrashing. "The public is with us on our policies, but they're not getting the message," he said.

This was hilarious. Before that election, liberals were telling us what a great communicator Barack Obama is. He's the third greatest orator of the modern era -- after JFK and FDR -- said communications strategist Richard Greene.

No, said Roger Simon of Politico, "he's the greatest orator of modern times." He's "world historic good at political communication," said consultant John Weaver.

The problem is the voters, other liberals said. They're too ignorant, too stupid to appreciate how good Mr. Obama's policies are for them, or they oppose his policies out of racism.

If this canard weren't so vicious, it also would be hilarious.

There were many things voters in 2008 did not know about Barack Obama, but the color of his skin was evident to all. Yet Mr. Obama got a higher percentage of the popular vote than any Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

You're a liberal. You realize that the voters you hailed in 2008 for their enlightenment didn't turn overnight into ignorant bigots. You still think the guy in the White House is a great communicator. You know the news media promotes and amplifies his message. So marketing can't be the problem.

But you still won't consider the message might be the problem. What's left?

Blaming the messenger. The day after the election in 2004, liberal pundits saw myriad flaws in John Kerry that had been invisible to them the day before. If Barack Obama loses, count on this happening again.

Blaming the messenger this time will be awkward, because liberals have attributed to Mr. Obama virtues no mere mortal possesses.

A "lightworker," said Mark Morford of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"In a way, Obama's standing above the country, above the world," said Newsweek editor Evan Thomas after the president's speech in Cairo in June 2009. "He's sort of a god."

That was the speech, you'll recall, in which Mr. Obama announced his policy of outreach to Islamists, which blew up on 9/11/2012.

But liberals would rather eat their extravagant words of praise than admit it's the president's policies -- not how they've been marketed and implemented -- that are chiefly responsible for his plunge in the polls.

Their insistence upon finding someone or something other than the culprit to blame for failure explains why Democrats form a circular firing squad after they lose an election.

The fun begins Nov. 7. I'm buying popcorn.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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