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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. 24, 2009 / 30 Shevat 5769

Jimma Obama — now, there's a scary thought

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | His most ardent supporters debate whether President Obama is more like Abraham Lincoln or like Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But so far, the president he most closely resembles is Jimmy Carter.

In 1976, Mr. Carter was a fresh new face with a thin political resume who blew past better known Democrats in the primaries running as an "outsider" and a "reformer."

Jimmy Carter, like Barack Obama, took office during tough economic times. Mr. Carter coined the term "misery index" (the rates of inflation and unemployment added together).

Mr. Carter proceeded to make a bad situation worse. The misery index stood at 13.57 in the summer of 1976 when he was clubbing President Ford with it. Four years later, it had risen to 21.98.

It's way too early to pass judgment on President Obama's economic stewardship. But the early signs are not favorable. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner rolls out a vague proposal for TARP II, a second bailout of the banks. The stock market tanks. President Obama signs the "stimulus bill." The stock market tanks. President Obama unveils his plan to subsidize some home mortgages. The stock market slips, and the president is mocked on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

As a candidate, Jimmy Carter pledged to have a higher ethical standard. But he suffered embarrassment when Bert Lance, his director of the Office of Management and Budget, was forced to resign over alleged mismanagement and corruption at the Calhoun National Bank in Georgia when Lance was chairman of its board.

President Obama has suffered one embarrassment after another with his nominees. Mr. Geithner was confirmed despite not having paid his payroll taxes for four years, but tax troubles forced Tom Daschle, his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, to withdraw. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Commerce when it was revealed the FBI was investigating the governor in connection with a "pay to play" scandal in New Mexico.

Most presidents describe the economy in rather more rosy terms than the facts may warrant in order to keep the spirits of Americans up. The only two in modern times to talk the economy down are Mr. Carter and Mr. Obama.

In 1979, Mr. Carter gave his famous "malaise" speech. "The public and political pundits reacted very harshly to the speech, criticizing Carter for not offering enough solutions to the problems he identified," said the Encyclopedia of Earth.

President Obama has said repeatedly the economy is in its worst "crisis" since the Great Depression — though the statistical evidence indicates the 1982 recession was worse — and has predicted "catastrophe" if the measures he seeks aren't enacted into law.

"The danger for him is using the Jimmy Carter malaise rhetoric, particularly for Mr. Obama, who was elected because people thought he was the solution," said pollster Frank Luntz. "There's only so much negativity they will tolerate from him before they will feel betrayed."

In foreign policy, President Carter believed he could charm America's enemies by reaching out to them, and by apologizing for American "arrogance." But events were unkind. On his watch, the mullahs took power in Iran and seized the U.S. embassy there, and the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

So far, the substance of Barack Obama's foreign policy has been very like that of George W. Bush. But his rhetoric echoes that of Mr. Carter. The first interview he granted to a foreign news organization was to al Arabiya, which has had kind things to say about Islamist terrorists. The president was apologetic for U.S. policy toward Muslims in the past.

"When his self-inflation as a redeemer of U.S.-Muslim relations leads him to suggest that pre-Obama America was disrespectful or insensitive or uncaring of Muslims, he is engaging not just in fiction but in gratuitous disparagement of the country he is now privileged to lead," said JWR contributor Charles Krauthammer.

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