In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 May 10, 2011 / 6 Iyar, 5771

N.Y.'s 26th District Republican Needs Help

By Mona Charen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The race to succeed chest-baring, Craigslist-dabbling Rep. Chris Lee in upstate New York has not received much national notice. Events in Abbottabad have crowded out other stories. But Democrats are excited by a Siena College poll suggesting the possibility of an upset in the May 24 election.

New York's 26th congressional district stretches from the suburbs east of Buffalo to the suburbs west of Rochester, a mostly rural, white, and Republican part of New York. As Michael Barone notes in The Almanac of American Politics, "People speak not in the pungent accents of New York City but in flat Midwestern tones." The 26th gave 55 percent of its vote to George W. Bush in 2004, and 52 percent to McCain in 2008.

Special elections can be like out-of-town openings for Broadway shows -- a time for test marketing themes and slogans. Though the race began with two attractive, barely distinguishable women candidates, running boilerplate ads ("She's a fighter!" "She's for jobs!"), it has become something else.

The Democrat, Kathy Hochul, though claiming to favor smaller government and deficit reduction, has seized upon the Ryan budget and Medicare. In a recent ad, featuring ominous music and dark tones, she asserts that the Ryan budget, which Republican Jane Corwin supports, would "end Medicare," and "seniors would have to pay $6400 more for the same coverage." Additionally, the narrator continues, the budget Corwin supports would "cut taxes for the very rich" and "overwhelmingly benefit the rich."

The Siena poll found Corwin leading by only 36 percent to 31 percent for Hochul in a district where Republicans have a seven-point registration advantage. There are two other candidates on the ballot as well: Jack Davis, often referred to as the tea party candidate, and Ian Murphy (the leftist activist who impersonated David Koch in a phone call to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker), running on the Green Party ticket. Davis is polling at 23 percent and Murphy at 1 percent.

So is this a case of conservative purists spoiling a race for a solid Republican? Not at all. Davis, a millionaire, has run for Congress on three previous occasions on the Democratic ticket. This time around, he didn't receive the endorsement of any tea party groups. But New York permits third-party candidates to choose their ballot line provided they can collect the requisite signatures. Davis hired a signature-gathering firm to qualify for the ballot and is now buying ads to tout his favorite themes: opposition to free trade and cracking down on offshore tax evasion. He supported Barack Obama in 2008 and favors abortions throughout the nine months of pregnancy.

So the race actually contains three Democrats and one Republican. But that Siena poll is unsettling. For two liberal candidates to be polling at a combined 54 percent in a comfortable Republican district is not encouraging. And while there are polls that suggest western New Yorkers support the Ryan budget, it's not entirely clear that voters are all that conversant with the details.

So far, Corwin, who has only been in electoral politics for three years, seems to be faltering in response to the Hochul attacks. She's released a response that attacks Hochul's record but fails to correct the false charges in the Hochul ad about "ending" Medicare, forcing seniors to pay $6,400 for the same coverage, and approving "tax cuts for the rich."

Meanwhile, she's also spent precious dollars running ads undermining Davis' "tea party" claims. Corwin comes across as a sensible Republican who supports private enterprise, worries about deficits, and opposes Obamacare. But her inexperience is showing. She doesn't emphasize economic growth or offer a plan to boost employment. Hochul's ads are far sharper, and Hochul is more convincing talking to a camera.

This is just one race. But if the Democrat manages an upset by misrepresenting what Republicans are advocating on Medicare, the Republican Party may be spooked. Other Republicans may attempt to retreat from Medicare reform just as Democrats attempted to back away from Obamacare in 2010.

It's always easier to tell voters a comforting lie than the discomfiting truth. Democrats, starting with President Obama, have decided to sell the fable that Medicare can be preserved forever in its present form, that it can be paid for by taxes on the rich. That is false.

It is not a matter of saving Medicare versus giving tax cuts to the rich. If Medicare is not reformed, it will devour the federal budget. Democrats know this, but they are choosing a deeply cynical and irresponsible course for a nation on the glide path to insolvency.

Voters cannot do the right thing if Republicans cannot explain it clearly. So far, Corwin has been stiff and unimaginative. She needs help -- fast.

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