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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 April 27, 2012/ 5 Iyar, 5772

It's Romney vs. guilt and gilt

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney's finally the last man standing, and he finally found the voice he'll need to overcome the formidable Democratic weapons of money, guilt and gilt.

"After 43 primaries and caucuses," he told a boisterous crowd in Manchester, N.H., where the marathon began, "after many long days and more than a few long nights, I can say with confidence and gratitude that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility.

"To all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I've met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight."

Nevertheless, the Democratic weapons of guilt and gilt will be just as formidable this time as last time. Since he can't run on his record, the president had to find something else, and it's clear that the something else will be setting class against class, rich vs. poor, race against race, with appeals to misplaced guilt for sins of the past and renewed appreciation for the gilt he imagines still applies a sparkle of gold to his fairy tales of happy times ahead.

The candidate who four years ago presented himself as the magic formula that would make America "more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous," now says race in America is "more complicated" than he thought it was. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the rock music bi-weekly, he now warns that it's a mistake to think that "we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single cycle." Maybe a solution will require a second four-year cycle, and after that, who knows?

He used a not-so-subtle form of race-baiting four years ago, encouraging the notion that the only way to move beyond the bad old days, for Americans of good will to demonstrate their liberation from racism and bigotry, was to vote for him. Since the bait worked then, maybe the same old bait can be tweaked with a few more honeyed words to make it work once more.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, evoked a little of the Gipper's sunny optimism with his best speech of the primary season. He spoke of America's "destiny" as the exceptional nation, appealing to the American code of hard work and sacrifice, with a focus on the Obama economy with its stuttering recovery and the pain it has spread across the land. He reprised the Gipper's killer retort — "are you better off than you were four years ago?" — that sent Jimmy Carter back to the peanut farm.

"Is it easier to make ends meet?" Mr. Romney demanded of the New Hampshire crowd. "Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you need for retirement? Are you making more at your job? Are you paying less at the pump?" Recycling another theme, he said "It's still about the economy, and we're not stupid." (James Carville, the aide who thought up that one for Bill Clinton in 1992, complained that Mr. Romney stole the line, but conceded that yes, it is still about the economy.)

Indeed, a couple of days after Mr. Romney's big election night the U.S. Labor Department reported that more Americans than forecast filed for unemployment benefits last week, evidence that President Obama's cheery excuses for his staggering economy have done nothing to inspire confidence in consumers, on whom a robust recovery depends.

But as powerful as the indictment of Barack Obama's first four years may be, Mitt Romney must get his message out before the Obama money machine defines him before he can. This requires dollars in the millions. That's why money is the mother's milk of politics. "If you've got a bad record," says Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and present-day raiser of millions for Republican candidates, "you want to try to disqualify your opponent to make him unacceptable. And the easiest time to do that this time is when Mitt Romney doesn't have much money or access to much money, and the Democrats do." At the end of March, the Obama campaign reported $104 million on hand. The Romney campaign had only $10 million. "Obama is sitting on a stack of money so high a show dog couldn't jump over it," Mr. Barbour says.

But in the first two days after this week's primaries, one anonymous Romney fund-raiser tells The Hill, the Capitol Hill daily, "people are coming out of the woodwork [with their money]."

Now everybody can get down to the real business of democracy.

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