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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 Nov. 20, 2012/ 6 Kislev, 5773

The GOP: A Most Unpopular Majority Party

By David Limbaugh




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Isn't it tragically ironic that the man who rode the perfect storm into public office on the horse of national unity has now perfected the politics of division so spectacularly that he won re-election despite the worst record in decades?

For when you sift through the rubble from the Republican Party's 2012 nuclear catastrophe, you find consistent clues pointing to a simple explanation: We lost because Barack Obama convinced enough voters that he cares more about people than Mitt Romney, a rich white guy who is contemptuous of the poor, women, blacks and seniors. Never mind results; Obama cares and Republicans don't.

In his fundamentally transformed America, Obama has replaced "e pluribus unum" with "us against them."

So before the GOP rewrites its party platform, it better study the tricks its community organizer opponents used so successfully against it. Before it surrenders to the conclusion that its policies are unpopular, it might contemplate a simpler explanation: The voters neither rejected our policies, nor endorsed Obama's failed record. Rather, they bought into Obama's lies and distortions.

For example, a friend told me his retired, intelligent mother-in-law voted for Obama because she believed Romney didn't care about her as a woman and a member of the "47 percent" and would take away her Social Security benefits. I kid you not.

Common threads connect these rationales: They are all grounded in fear, they are products of Obama's divisive politics, and they are completely untrue.

While Romney took the high ground and presented a substantive critique of Obama's failed record and offered his own concrete solutions, Obama mostly ignored policy, refused to put forward his own agenda, grossly mischaracterized Romney's agenda, blamed his predecessor, demonized Romney and worked up various identity groups into a frenzy with the politics of fear and division.

We are headed inexorably toward financial collapse because of overspending, especially on entitlements, and Obama won't even suit up for the game. He's on the sidelines mocking those competing their hearts out in trying to save this nation. To this day, he has not presented the first syllable of a plan to reform entitlements, which he casually referred to as recently as last week as "long-term impediments to growth."

No, they are not merely long term, and growth is not the only thing they will impede. We now begin every fiscal year in the hole some $250 billion, the figure by which our entitlement layouts and interest on the debt exceed our revenues, before we spend a dime of discretionary spending. This is a real, present problem, and Obama is denying it even exists.

The dirty little secret — and it apparently remained a secret to millions — is that under the Romney-Ryan plan, seniors, and everyone else, would have received their "entitlement" benefits. Under Obama, they very well may not, because those programs, and the nation along with them, are going bankrupt.

When you also consider exit polling data showing that people were duped into believing the anemic economy was still George W. Bush's fault, it's clear that Obama's despicable strategy of deceit, slander and divisiveness worked. He dedicated millions to depicting Romney as a felon who reveled in killing and firing people, exporting American jobs and illegalizing contraceptives, and as one who didn't care about the poor or minorities and would rob seniors of their government retirement, and the voters bought it.

So before the GOP panics into believing the country is irreversibly changed and reordering its priorities or abandoning time-tested conservative principles, it might reconsider its messaging techniques and strategies. It might want to reevaluate its approach to so-called negative campaigning and how to respond to Democratic lies. Indeed, it's time to jettison its pristine approach, take the gloves off and warn the people in bold, stark terms about the hellish nightmare that awaits them under Democratic policies.

It is sobering to realize that a substantial majority probably agrees with us, but there is so much misinformation and propaganda in the air that they can't see through the fog.

Surely there is a way to figure out how to win the votes of people who actually agree with us but have been led to believe they don't. Surely there is a way to convince seniors of the truth: that Romney's plan would have preserved their benefits, while Obama's greatly jeopardizes them. And, yes, surely there is a way — somehow, someday — to convince Hispanics and even the black community that we are not ogres who don't care about them, and that our party actually stands for policies that many of them prefer.

Republicans must learn how to level the playing field by discrediting and neutralizing Democratic propaganda before the GOP can even begin to sell its superior ideas.

If we can't figure out how to win elections when the majority of the electorate actually agrees with us, demographics and the rest are academic anyway.


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