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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 January 9, 2009 /13 Teves 5769

A great oak with nowhere to grow

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Terminator is bored and weary of California. California is bored and weary of the Terminator. Real life, it turns out, is more difficult than the movies, though in California it's often difficult to tell the difference.


Arnold Schwarzenegger is bigger than life in a place where everybody imagines he's bigger than life, too. But he has stood out from the beginning of his career in politics, dominating the crowd of wannabe successors to the recalled Gray Davis. He's a movie star with heft, size and brains to match a star's ego. The race was quickly over. Californians could hardly wait for Act Two, and Republican hearts across the land went pitter-patter.


But the rigid, bloated Sacramento bureaucracy - bloated and rigid at the same time - that Mr. Schwarzenegger promised to ride into Sacramento to smash like a bug has beaten down the man who was once invincible. Against movie bad guys, anyway. The deceptively mild and meek of Sacramento with Coke-bottle eyeglasses, hand-held calculators and neat little briefcases turned out to be of tough stuff.


When the Terminator came to office seven years ago, he inherited a $38 billion budget deficit, the work of the dull-gray Democratic governor whose prescient mother named Gray. At the end of 2008, the budget deficit had grown to $40 billion. Democrats are still buzzing a year later about the rousing ovation for the same gray Gray at the presidential California primary debate, for one remarkable moment rendering both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton irrelevant to the heart.


No one imagines California wants to elect Gray Davis governor again, but it was sweet enough for the recalled governor and perhaps a flash of recognition that maybe California, which relishes the fact that it has a bigger economy than most of the nations of the world, is beyond effective governing. Everybody, even for California, wants too much.


He was elected as a Republican, but he's more comfortable with Democrats, and he's really a synthetic Kennedy, anyway. He's trying to make a deal with Democrats to raise "revenues" - he won't call them "taxes" - but on his terms. He thought he had worked out a complicated maneuver to boost state income taxes by $9 billion and enact further "fees" without help from the Republicans, who have been estranged from him almost from the beginning. But when Democrats balked at his demand to soften environmental and union rules in return, to kick-start the slumbering building-trades industry, the Terminator balked, too. It was no deal. Like Mr. Davis' relations with Democrats, so the governor's relations with Republicans have soured into open conflict, too.


"Does all this mean that Schwarzenegger really is just like Davis?" asks the LA Weekly, which watches the governor closely. "The answer from former staffers, observers and California politicians - even the journalists who once covered his exciting first couple of years going after 'waste, fraud and abuse' - is a definite maybe. The real drama of the Schwarzenegger administration has been the spectacle of a big man dubbed the Austrian Oak during his weightlifting years now being cut down to size - a charismatic, visionary figure brought to stasis by a culture of laughably unimpressive politicians. California has a history of big-tent Republican governors, including Hiram Johnson, Earl Warren and Ronald Reagan, who left large footprints. If anybody appeared likely to restore some GOP razzle-dazzle to Sacramento after the frigid terms of George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger."


But it's hard for Gulliver to razzle when he's surrounded by Lilliputians, and it's hard to dazzle when the subject is budgeting. The governor has accomplished some things: a bond issue to pay for rebuilding roads and bridges, reform of a workman's compensation boondoggle that was stifling small-business growth, and even a sweeping state law to deal with global warming. (This last might be a guide for Congress. If a legislature tells the sun to behave, and quit upsetting weather on Earth, what choice would Ol' Sol have?)


But the Terminator's fundamental dilemma is that there's nowhere to go. His foreign birth bars the way to presidential politics, and a seat in the U.S. Senate is no consolation prize for a California governor. There's always a return to Hollywood, and some of his friends say he might follow the example of Clint Eastwood, who returned to the movies after a stint as mayor of Carmel and won Oscars. He would be surrounded by Beautiful People, and have a manageable budget to manage. Making the story come out right should console.

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