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December 2, 2014

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 Oct. 15, 2010 / 7 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Obama's Conscience

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two great questions ricochet around the capital in the countdown to the midterms. The first: Does Barack Obama plan to seek re-election? A remarkable number of top advisers have left the administration. Rank-and-file Democrats are listless. And the economic news is, well, everyone knows about that. President Obama is rumored to be dissatisfied, grumpy, and isolated. He doesn't even enjoy Camp David.

The second question is: Will he, can he, "pull a Clinton" after a presumed electoral defeat and tack to the center?

The answer to the first question may have come from Vice President Joe Biden, who was seeking to quash yet a third rumor making the rounds — that he and Hillary Clinton would switch jobs in 2012. Biden blurted to London's Telegraph newspaper that Obama had asked Biden to run again as vice president in 2012. Biden, reports Biden, agreed.

It may be that the verbally incontinent vice president is freelancing again, but it's more likely that this is the president's indirect way of quieting speculation that he dislikes his job and plans to retire after one term.

The answer to the Clinton question (Bill, not Hillary) is less obvious. In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, an aide allowed as how the president has spent "a lot of time talking about Obama 2.0," but the content of the new operating system, if there is one, does not appear to be noticeably different from Obama 1.0.

Bill Clinton was able to switch gears and adjust his ideological GPS after the 1994 electoral upheaval because, above all, he believed in winning. Policy preferences would be pared back, even abandoned, in the name of victory.

Obama likes to win, too, of course. But he is so ideological, so deeply marinated in leftism (he picked up the false accusation about the Chamber of Commerce, for example, from a left-wing website), that asking him to compromise with Republicans may well cause a system crash. Though he now acknowledges that "there's no such thing as shovel-ready projects," he continues to see his presidency in such empyrean terms (and his opponents as so lacking in good faith) that compromise seems remote.

The president's peeves are a measure of his distance from the people who will determine his fate — voters. The president pays lip service to the electorate's fear and indignation about the nation's mushrooming debt and the aggrandizement of Washington's power. He looked too much like "the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat" he admitted to The New York Times. But he doesn't address that concern in any substantive way. Dismay over the nature and scope of the health care behemoth he dismisses casually as the bleating of "special interests."

On the other hand, it seems really to stick in his craw that liberal Democrats are so ungrateful as to criticize him. "Democrats just congenitally tend to see the glass as half-empty," the president complained at a Democratic fundraiser in September. "If we get an historic health care bill passed — oh, well, the public option wasn't there. If you get the financial reform bill passed — then, well, I don't know about this particular derivatives rule, I'm not sure that I'm satisfied with that. And, gosh, we haven't yet brought about world peace. I thought that was going to happen quicker." Two weeks later, Obama repeated the plaint, telling Democrats ""It took time to free the slaves. It took time for women to get the vote. It took time for workers to get the right to organize."

Having raised expectations to Olympian heights, Obama now pouts when his supporters are (inevitably) disappointed. But it's more than irritation — their dissatisfaction seems to eat away at him. During the protracted policy review on Afghanistan, we learn from Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars," the president's chief concern was not tactics, strategy, or victory. His preoccupation was "not losing the whole Democratic Party."

The quality of the president's annoyance at his base — they just don't appreciate that making history takes a little time and patience — doesn't suggest a man ready to prune his ideological ambitions. The left's critique seems always to be on his mind because that's where his conscience is. When a New York Times reporter complimented the new decor in the Oval Office, the president snapped, "I know Arianna doesn't like it. But I like taupe." Arianna Huffington's disparagement, even on so trivial a matter, was on his mind.

Such a mind is not supple enough for moderation.

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