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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. 8, 2012/ 23 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

I'm Not Bitter -- Much

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama's re-election puts Republicans on notice. No matter what we do, the media will portray us as extreme, venal, stupid or anti-woman -- if not as individuals, then guilty by association. The GOP nominee must bear the burden of admittedly medieval statements on pregnancy and rape -- uttered by Senate hopefuls Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Todd Akin of Missouri. Mitt Romney renounced the statements -- and still they tarnished the GOP brand.

On the other side, all Democrats are moderates. Party bigs need never explain why Elizabeth Warren, senator-elect from Massachusetts, padded her credentials as an American Indian. Likewise, how Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois coasted to re-election even though he says he is being treated for depression, hasn't worked since June and won't say when he plans to. The Democrats' bad actors not only don't stain the ticket but also win.

Voters might tell pollsters they're looking for moderates who are willing to work across the aisle. Ha. Massachusetts just fired Sen. Scott Brown, who, according to CQ Weekly, voted with the GOP 54 percent of the time in 2011. By comparison, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., sided with his party in 96 percent of votes.

Democrats nag that Republicans must move to the center to win. Get it: Conservatives should not vote like conservatives, but liberals must be true to their core beliefs.

When is the last time you heard that a Democrat lost an election by moving too far to the left?

After losing office in 2010 because of his loose-cannon ways -- he once called Federal Reserve adviser Linda Robertson a "K Street whore" and an opponent "Taliban Dan" -- Alan Grayson of Florida has won a House seat again. California voters finally ousted crazy-mouth Rep. Pete Stark, but only because the new top-two primary allowed them to replace him with Democrat Eric Swalwell.

I've long believed that elections reflect which side voters hate more. To the extent that's true, 50 percent of Americans hate Republicans, and 48 percent hate Democrats.

The polarization can only deepen. The media turned election reportage into a montage of Romney gaffes -- "binders full of women," 47 percent of America "dependent on government," and "corporations are people."

What Romney said was more important than what Obama didn't do. There was little room for analysis on what Obama's proposed tax increase would do to reduce the deficit (hardly anything), the president's fumbling of the "grand bargain" or his lack of a serious plan to revitalize the economy.

This is how partisans change a country. They convince the public that a viewpoint is not only wrong but, worse, illegitimate, and the battle is won. They get what they want and keep moving the bar.

As I write this, it appears that Democrats will control a supermajority of the California Assembly and Senate. The Dems have controlled the Legislature for years, albeit with the check that they have needed GOP votes to raise taxes.

I can see the future. State spending will rise. Sacramento will experience an insatiable appetite for other people's money. A few employers will leave; more will decide not to expand operations in-state. With a tight job market, middle-class Californians will have to move to other states. And they'll bring their destructive politics with them.

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