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 Feb. 8, 2006 / 10 Shevat, 5766

GOP tosses one to Dems, and they fumble

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Major political realignments are exceedingly rare occurrences in the United States. Before Republicans took control of Congress in 1994, you have to go all the way back to 1932 to find a similar partisan sea change.

Political turnover is an even more remote possibility today than it was 12 years ago. On top of the traditional incumbent advantages in name recognition and money-raising, gerrymandering — once an art — has become a science that precisely packs voters into uncompetitive districts.

The proof, quite simply, is in the numbers: 25 of 26 senators who ran for re-election in 2004 were victorious, while outside of Texas, 396 of 399 House incumbents who ran for re-election won. Victorious challengers to the status quo are the ivory-billed woodpeckers of the political class.

The volcano of the Abramoff scandal that finally erupted in January has, however, provided the necessary ingredient for a potential political tsunami in 2006.

While it's true that both Democrats and Republicans are tainted by allegations of pay-for-play politics, there's no way around the fact that members of the ruling party overwhelmingly populate Planet Abramoff or that its chieftains have an inordinate number of ties to the office of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Voters always declare with certainty their intention to throw the bums out. In practice, they're far less certain about who the bums actually are. A profligate, ethically challenged Congress under Republican leadership makes the act of discernment far easier this year than anytime since 1994.

Democrats have a rare and golden opportunity to alter the balance of political power. The Republican leadership itself has served up the dish of its own defeat.

Yet the Democratic leadership is turning up its nose at this treat and is instead trying to concoct a recipe that the American public simply doesn't want.

Pandering to their far-left base, the Democrats are honing a strategy to make national security their key issue. Perhaps, more accurately, it's national insecurity they're championing. On a broad range of issues, the Democratic leadership can't seem to distinguish between deserved, constructive criticism and the reflexive, nihilistic tendency to oppose anything Bush.

The controversy over domestic National Security Agency surveillance provides the latest evidence that, as regards national security, the Democrats just don't get it.

Democrats are ebullient about upcoming hearings on the eavesdropping program. Some are even deliriously muttering the "I" word — impeachment, betraying their motive, which is not to improve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to meet the exigencies of the war on terror and strike a better balance between civil liberties and security. Instead, it's to engage in a game of "gotcha!" with the White House on civil liberties at the expense of security.

A recent New York Times/CBS News poll asked, "In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, would you be willing or not willing to allow government agencies to monitor the telephone calls and e-mails of Americans that the government is suspicious of?"

The results: 68 percent willing, 29 percent not willing. As I frequently note, polls are fickle. But in this case, the poll question actually understates the government's case, since the surveillance is of communications from the United States — not necessarily from Americans — to individuals abroad with a known connection to terrorism.

And these percentages conform to polls in 2005 and 2003 that asked the same question and showed similarly lopsided results.

Americans are duly suspicious of President Bush's assertion of a vague, reasonable basis for warrantless surveillance. Astute Democrats might capitalize on this suspicion by sensibly revising FISA and recasting the debate as one of security and civil liberties rather than security or civil liberties.

Because of internal party dynamics and the imperative to appease anti-Bush extremists, they won't. Which is why, despite scandalous Republican control of Congress, the 2006 elections are not likely to be much different from those in 2004 or 2002.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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