In this issue

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 December 10, 2013/ 7 Teves, 5774

Obama Statecraft Equals 'Just Plug the Hole and Leave Me Alone'

By David Limbaugh

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I have long contended that President Obama is in charge on his big-ticket agenda items but disengaged as to policy and implementation details. Recent news reports vindicate my position.

A Government Accountability Institute report found that Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare more than three years ago. Breitbart reports that veteran Washington adviser David Gergen, who is usually sympathetic to Obama, says the report is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the administration has bordered on "malfeasance."

Typically, White House press spokesman Jay Carney said the report is misleading and based on a ridiculously false premise. He said that Obama and Sebelius meet regularly but that their meetings have not been recorded on the visitor logs.

Seriously, Jay? Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer said that White House visitor logs show that whenever Sebelius has gone to the White House, it has been for social functions with "dozens or hundreds of people." And he mentioned on Sean Hannity's Fox News Channel show that if Obama truly has met with Sebelius privately and left the meetings off the books, Sebelius would be the only Cabinet secretary whose meetings with the White House have been concealed.

Schweizer noted that "the lack of meetings reinforces the severity of what The New York Times describes as the 'deeply dysfunctional relationship between the Department of Health and Human Services and its technology contractors, and tensions between the White House chief of staff and senior health department officials.'" Indeed.

But none of this should surprise anyone who has been paying attention. Throughout his tenure in office, Obama has demonstrated a surprising apathy and an alarming level of disengagement on everything except for Obamacare and his other pet policy projects, including the stimulus bill, infrastructure, nefarious green projects of every imaginable description, gutting the coal industry, obstructing oil drilling, regulating banking, student loans, other educational issues, drones, taxes on the "rich," private jet owners, class warfare, race warfare, gender warfare, abortion, homosexuality issues, recalibrating America's image with the Muslim world, managing America's military decline, unilateral nuclear disarmament and other matters about which he has some angst.

Whoa, you say. That is a large list of policy items, Limbaugh, that you are admitting yourself that Obama is profoundly interested and engaged in. To be sure, I am admitting that — but with a huge qualifier. Even on those issues close to his heart, Obama is only engaged at the superficial level. He's the agenda setter in chief; don't let anyone fool you into believing someone else is pulling his Manchurian strings in terms of the overall hard-left direction of his presidency. He is also the head cheerleader — the captain of the squad that travels the country in virtually nonstop campaign mode to propagandize and con the American public into supporting his ideas.

But he is clearly not engaged at the level of policy details and even less in anything having to do with implementing these policies. Just think back to the development of the Obamacare legislation. Obama knew that he wanted to move toward nationalized health care and achieve it as soon as he could get away with it. His various speeches and actions leave little room for doubt on this point.

There is also no doubt that without Obama's initial political capital and his obsessive drive to achieve socialized health care, Obamacare would never have become a reality — a nightmarish reality but a reality nonetheless. But remember when individuals at public health care forums and politicians would question him about the specifics of his plan? Because he was not conversant with any of the policy details, he could only answer in vague generalities.

The truth was he didn't have a plan, other than a large-scale blueprint. Instead, he delegated the task to Democrats in the Senate and, through the legislative process, tried to steer the bill a certain way; he had little hands-on involvement. Thus, when he said that his bill did not include federal funding for abortion, he was either lying or completely clueless that the Senate bill, which he had now glommed onto as "his plan," did in fact authorize such funding in certain situations. Why else would he have had to bribe recalcitrant Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak with a promise to issue an executive order countermanding the provision authorizing such funding?

We saw this same pattern of governance in Obama's abominable handling of the Gulf oil spill, as I've mentioned before. He was wholly disengaged and largely unconcerned with the damages from the spill, except those to his public relations image, as I documented in my latest book. He obviously didn't understand the complexity of the efforts to plug the leak when he uttered his disgraceful cry of frustration — "just plug the damn hole" — as if his regal tantrum would magically eradicate the problem.

I can't prove this, but I bet that in a few years, insiders will begin talking and confirm our suspicions that Obama was precisely this sort of bullying administrator. He orders everyone to accomplish his larger goals and is further willing to campaign and community organize throughout the country at a furious pace to push these items. But as to the details, he is unconcerned, out to lunch and on the golf course and doesn't want to be bothered. I bet we'll also find that his staff either was afraid of his wrath and left him alone when it came to details or just left him alone because he wasn't engaged enough to be useful.

On the bright side, we just have three more years.


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