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 September 26, 2012/ 10 Tishrei, 5773

Romney's nine lives: Media can't kill Mitt

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's like a cat with 9 lives, or a zombie, liberal journalists must think. They keep declaring the Romney campaign dead -- most recently on Tuesday (9/18), when Mother Jones made public a video of Mr. Romney speaking at a closed door fund-raiser in May. The video was a "political earthquake," said Diane Sawyer of ABC News.

"Very, very damaging," said Piers Morgan of CNN. "A monumental gaffe."

"Today, Mitt Romney lost the election," said Josh Barro of Bloomberg News.

"The last three weeks for Mitt Romney have been about as brutal as we can remember for any presidential candidate," said Chuck Todd of NBC News.

Yet yesterday (9/20) the race was tied at 47 percent, according to Gallup's tracking poll. Eight days earlier (9/12), President Barack Obama led, 50-44.

What was Mr. Romney's "monumental gaffe?"

"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president, no matter what," Mr. Romney said. "There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it...These are people who pay no income tax."

It wasn't his job to "worry about those people," Mr. Romney said. "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

The "really disastrous thing" about those remarks, Mr. Barro said, is "the combination of contempt and pity that Romney shows for anyone who isn't going to vote for him."

Where Mr. Barro sees "contempt," University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse, an Obama voter in 2008, doesn't. Mr. Romney is "not saying he doesn't care about them as citizens and human beings, just that he won't devote any attention to trying to cull some of their votes," she noted.

Mr. Romney was speaking an important, if inconvenient, truth, said Washington Post economics writer Robert Samuelson.

"The fact that roughly half of Americans receive some government payment to which they feel morally entitled is a big part of our budget problem," Mr. Samuelson said. "Dealing with it ought to define the next president's mission."

But Mr. Romney overstated it, in both economic and (fortunately for him) political terms.

In 49 percent of American households, at least one member receives a government benefit, according to the Census Bureau. That's up from 30 percent in the 1980s, 44.4 percent four years ago, and 47 percent last year. Last year, 46.4 percent of households paid no federal income tax, according to the Tax Policy Center.

There are 2.6 people in the average household so Mitt's 47 percent figure overstates the dependency problem, and may understate the tax problem.

Someone in 26.4 percent of households is enrolled in Medicaid. The other figures are: Social Security, 16.2 percent; food stamps, 15.8 percent; Medicare, 14.9 percent; rental assistance, 4.5 percent, and unemployment compensation, 1.7 percent.

Many in the 47 percent support Mr. Romney. I'm an example. I had to sign up for Medicare this month, but I didn't change my political views when I did so. The other programs are for the needy, but Social Security and Medicare are financed by payroll taxes. And many who are getting food stamps or unemployment compensation would rather have a job.

But there are, alas, many who wouldn't. "A huge percentage of Obama's voters are basically wards of the state," said Howie Carr, a radio talk show host in Boston. "There are millions of them, and they have no intention of voting for anyone who might want them to ever go out and work for a living."

Liberals think we should have our feelings hurt because Mr. Romney's comment lumps us in with the deadbeats. But even though Mitt's math was off, we know what he meant, and we agree with him.

According to a Rasmussen poll this week, 64 percent of adults think there are too many Americans dependent on government for financial aid. Most of us prefer work to welfare, opportunity to dependence. If the election hinges on this, Romney will win.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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