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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. 13, 2013 / 10 Kislev, 5774

Time for triangulation

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Polls show that a majority of all voters would like to see every incumbent defeated - including their own members of the House and Senate.

Sobering news indeed.

The reason, in my view, is that the politicians are out of step with the electorate. While voters are crying for pragmatism, they get only ideology. When the electorate wants negotiation, Washington offers only confrontation. At a time when the public cares less than ever about party labels, they seem to count for more and more inside the Beltway.

Let's revisit my theory of triangulation.

At times in our history, voters want polarization to flesh out alternative solutions to new problems and national challenges. Unlike Japan, we use our political process to ask the right and the left what they think. We are impatient with politicians who embrace the conventional wisdom and don't offer new ideas.

At these times, woe be to the politician who does not stand on his principles.

Some recent examples:

In 1948, when the voters wanted true liberalism, not Thomas Dewey's warmed over modern Republicanism.

In 1960, when they voted for change and new challenges.

In 1968, when voters wanted solutions to the war in Vietnam rather than an endless extension of the slaughter.

In 1976, when they demanded radical change in post-Watergate Washington.

In 1980, when voters veered sharply to the right.

In 1984 and 1988, when they rejected the left.

In 1992, when they wanted new answers to the recession.

In 2008 and 2012, when voters opted again for the left and rejected the right. But, because we are not Italy or France, sometimes the debate has run its course, and the voters, like a jury, are ready for a verdict. When that time comes, they are impatient with continued rhetoric and deadlock. They have read the menu of alternatives and are ready to give their order.



Examples include:

In 1952, when voters opted for internationalism under Ike.

In 1964, when they had had enough of the civil rights debate and wanted it resolved.

In 1968, when they voted for an end to the war (never mind what they actually got).

In 1996, when they grew tired of the debates on welfare, crime, the deficit and other familiar topics and wanted them resolved.

In 2004, when the country came together in the wake of 9/11 and wanted the anti-terror consensus to prevail.

Now we are at a point where we again want resolution, an end to debate and a melding of polar alternatives.

We have had enough of debate over ObamaCare. We want its problems to be solved and solved quickly. We want politicians to learn from their mistakes, to skip the social engineering and to compromise on what makes sense. Let's end the search for utopia and settle for what works. From the left, take the desire to expand coverage. From the right, take the need to let people keep their policies, and take the bells and whistles out of the required coverage. They don't want mandates or coercion, but they are OK with incentives.

On the deficit and the budget, we have decided that our national debt is strangling our nation and we want it cut. If that means a combination of taxes, cuts and reforms, voters will be for it. From the left, take cuts in loopholes. From the right, take cuts in spending and entitlement reform.

On the economy, voters want an end to excessive regulation, a tempering of the green enthusiasm and a return to pro-growth policies. From the left, take regulation of Wall Street abuses. From the right, take an end to hobbling business with global warming obsessions.

For entitlement reform, eliminate bold plans for rejiggering Medicare or Social Security. But do enact curbs in benefits, including cuts to those given to wealthy people.

In short, heed the advice of Thomas Jefferson: "We are all Federalists. We are all Republicans."

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