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

Stupid Politician Tricks

By John H. Fund



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's one of the most misleading types of campaign ads -- a challenger accuses the local Congressman of voting "with" unpopular Speaker Nancy Pelosi an overwhelming percentage of the time. In reality, most votes are mundane, uncontroversial matters of moving House business along. Then again, what really matters in such political ads is the symbolic rejection of the party leader being named.

Ms. Pelosi is now coming in for exactly such treatment by fellow Democrats attempting to save their skins. Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright says he will refuse to vote for Ms. Pelosi as Speaker, and is running a TV ad that claims he voted "80% with the Republican leader," who happens to be Ohio's John Boehner. Rep. Jim Marshall of Georgia, who also says he won't vote for Ms. Pelosi as House Speaker, is running his own ad claiming he voted 65% of the time "with Republican leaders."

Such figures conceal a lot more than they reveal. Of the 565 roll call votes in the House this year, a study by the Democratic House leadership finds the vast majority concerned routine matters like naming post offices or commemorating worthy causes such as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If voting with Ms. Pelosi is a measure of political turpitude, Mr. Boehner himself supported her 52% of the time. "The data can be manipulated by both sides, and they are," Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told The Hill newspaper.

Voters are probably smart enough to figure out the political subtext of such ads. Meanwhile, if they want to know what a local congressman really stands for, they should focus on specific pieces of legislation. Take Messrs. Bright and Marshall, both of whom tout their votes against ObamaCare on the campaign trail, yet neither of whom is willing to endorse repealing it.

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