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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. 2, 2012/ 17 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Ted Strickland's revenge

By Rich Lowry




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland gave the most memorably stupid speech at the Democratic convention. He savaged Mitt Romney as a plutocrat eager to dispossess the American worker and unloosed the groan-inducing line: "If Mitt was Santa Claus, he'd fire the reindeer and outsource the elves."

He forgot to mention that Romney would deny Mrs. Claus equal pay. Strickland's content? Indefensible. His tone? Rancid. His political instincts? Shrewd. If President Barack Obama wins Ohio and a second term, he will have Ted Strickland's message to thank.

Strickland lost in his 2010 re-election bid to John Kasich, but not for a lack of witless populism. As governor of a state with over 9 percent unemployment, Strickland knew the formula that President Obama came to appreciate: If you can't defend your record, trash the other guy as a cartoonish corporate stooge.

Kasich had a stint at the now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers, so Strickland called him "Wall Street to the core." He accused Kasich of trying to privatize Social Security as a congressman to serve Lehman's interests, then getting rewarded with a job. "I didn't learn my values from modern-day robber barons," Strickland boasted.

Not subtle, but not ineffective. Strickland outperformed Democrats nationally among white working-class voters. In a smart analysis at the time for The New Republic, Noam Scheiber praised the political potential of this "aggressive populism," while warning it "can be crude, ugly, and conspiratorial."

That pretty much encapsulates the Obama campaign's economic case to the heartland, which is pure Stricklandism with a big dollop of the auto bailouts.

The "economic patriotism" the governor bellowed about at the convention is on the cover of the pamphlet outlining the president's purported second-term agenda. An Obama super PAC ad accusing Bain Capital of shipping jobs to China is titled, unbelievably, "Mitt Romney: Economic Traitor." An ad from the Obama campaign itself concludes that Romney is "not one of us."

If there were academics who devoted their lives to ferreting out bias against wealthy white men, this would be called the "othering" of Mitt Romney. If the president were a Republican, the press would faint over his "economic McCarthyism." The world being what it is, Democrats can call Romney the economic equivalent of the Rosenbergs and no one minds.

At the very least, all of this has put Obama in a stronger position than he would have been otherwise in the heavily working-class electoral keystone of Ohio. In the end, the auto bailout may prove more potent for the Democrats than Medicare. Romney pushed back hard on the Medicare attacks throughout the campaign, but less so on the bailouts. Unanswered demagoguery is usually successful demagoguery.

The Obama campaign throws the headline of a 2008 op-ed Romney wrote for The New York Times back at him: "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." Yet Romney's point was unassailable: If the auto companies had gotten bailed out without the restructuring of bankruptcy, it would have been a disaster for the taxpayers and the companies. Romney was willing to provide government financing, but only in the context of a traditional bankruptcy proceeding, in contrast to the politicized bankruptcy process that prevailed.

The Romney campaign is now litigating the bailouts in Ted Strickland terms. A new ad points out that Chrysler, supposedly a crown jewel of patriotic economic policy, was handed over to the Italians, in the form of Fiat. It then darkly mentions that Jeep is beginning to manufacture in China.

The New York Times tsk-tsked that the ad left "the misleading impression that the move would come at the expense of jobs here." Which is true enough, and could as easily be said of the entire concept of "economic patriotism." It doesn't matter to those Chrysler employees that they work for an Italian company that is going to build Jeeps in China for the Chinese market. They have jobs, and the company will be presumably be stronger for its foray into China.

"Economic patriotism" is neither good economics nor good patriotism.

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