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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Nov. 3, 2012/ 18 Tishrei, 5773

Once more, Stupid: It's the economy

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We may be a nation of saps, if the pollsters are correct in their current assessment of the presidential race, but we're a nation of good-hearted saps. We always want to do the right thing. We like that lovable ol' lug in the White House, blundering and incompetent though he is. We want to think highly of ourselves, and how better to do it than by voting for Barack Obama?

The economy is in the Dumpster, the Middle East is ablaze with hatred for America, and the president keeps busy making it worse. He's about to preside over the expansion of nuclear weapons into the hands of Islamic madmen. The bill of particulars is a long one and bears repeating for the big audience. The president tries to console us with reassurance from Alfred E. Neuman: "What? Me worry?"

Mitt Romney, nobody's idea of FDR, Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan, gets his last, best chance Wednesday night to abandon the game plan of feckless establishment Republicans who are happiest when they join Democrats in trashing imperfect Republican candidates. This time their tattered slogan, "We're not as bad as you think," isn't working.

Mr. Romney has a presidential profile that looks as if it belongs on Mount Rushmore, but he has to offer more than that, even to saps. We're told that voters want him to be someone they could have a beer with, as absurd as that would have sounded to earlier American grown-ups.

Being "not Barack Obama" is a powerful qualification, and maybe the most important, but not this year. He can't be a lovable ol' lug — we've already got one of those — so he might as well run like a Democrat, and go after his opponent with mail and chain. Hammer and tongs won't do it.

Respectfully, of course. Remember to say a few nice things about the president, such as "we all think he's a man with a good heart." But remember to add that "it's not where his heart is, but where his head is." (Keep the body parts straight.) Above all, keep the focus on the economy. That's the one subject above all that the president and the Democrats are desperate not to talk about. Be prepared for the media critics to call you a racist, a bigot, a bounder, a cad and an ignorant jasper. Be prepared as well to hear some imaginative stretchers (be careful not to call them "lies").

When Bob Schieffer of CBS News reminded Bill Clinton the other day that unemployment is higher than when the president took office, the economy is still in the dump and a lot of people say that's reason enough to change presidents, Bubba replied that he didn't know "a single serious economist" who thought four years was long enough to "heal" the land. If Mr. Obama pulls that on you, remind him that Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and a clutch of his own economists — as well as himself — told us that, "serious" or not, Mr. Obama could and would heal what ails us.

Concede that he inherited a bad economy, but you could remind him (and the audience) how he made it worse. We're not only not completely out of the Great Recession, but most economists think another one is on the way. The average growth of the gross domestic product in the first 12 quarters of recoveries since World War II has been 15 percent, including an annual rate of nearly 19 percent in the Reagan recovery. But the Obama recovery only musters a weak 7 percent rate.

Government spending, he promised when he moved into the White House, would unleash a robust recovery, leading to "an economy built to last." White House economists promised that the stimulus would by now bring the unemployment rate down to 5.6 percent. The rate today is actually 8.1 percent. He promised to have cut the deficit in half by now; instead, it's more than $1 trillion (that's with a 't') a year and counting, twice what it was when he took office.

The only natural advantage Mr. Obama takes into these debates is his voice. Since almost nobody has ever heard oratory or even great preachers, they're susceptible to Mr. Obama's black-pulpit eloquence.

It's not that the president is a man of bad faith. He no doubt believes some of the stuff he shovels into our ears. It's that he believes in a lot of things that just ain't true. Mitt Romney can't let him get away with it.

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