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 Jan. 18, 2011 / 13 Shevat, 5771

Resisting clip jobs for the Obama party

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Ready or not, here comes 2012. Most Americans, judged by the polls and pundits, aren't ready for a resumption of the heavy cannonading that consumed the campaign of 2010. Nevertheless, the players are already lining up for a kickoff nearly two years hence.

First up are the milkmen, the collectors of the cash that's "the mother's milk of politics." The early response of the fat-cat donors reveals that they want a little more time to nurse the disappointments of Barack Obama's turbulent first two years.

But the "bundlers," the milkmen who put together the network of donors, are already arranging the first of the fundraising dinners, a steady diet of surf and turf at $30,000 a pop. That's a lot to pay for a plate of dead fish. But nobody goes to these dinners for the food and drink. The diners are there not to eat but to be clipped, and some of them are saying they expect a clip job but they want more than promises for their money. Wall Street is particularly in a pout over some of the harsh things the president has said about the greedy.

"G0d always tempers the wind to the shorn lamb," says one of the Democratic bundlers, "but we're hearing that some of our most reliable donors didn't get what they expected for their wool last time. The clipping shears are likely to pinch this time around."

That's why the Democrats are plotting an earlier than usual start of the clipping season. "They're getting organized in Chicago to start a massive two-year campaign, which I believe will be successful but has extraordinarily large challenges in some of the major states," Peter Buttenweiser, a Philadelphia philanthropist who hosted one of the first clip jobs for Mr. Obama in 2007, tells Politico, the political journal.

Democratic fortunes are further threatened by aggressive early fund-raising by the Republicans, who scent Democratic terrors that Barack Obama has gone stale and will be well past his sell-by date two years hence. The messiah from Hyde Park has demonstrated that he actually sinks like everyone else when he steps out to walk across the waves. It's the early money that attracts fervor, zeal and cash.

The Democratic money-raking machine, outperformed so far by the Republican muck-raking machine, nevertheless remains formidable. Its agents collected $745 million for the 2010 campaign, and that's without taking public funding. Even with the tarnish on their candidate's halo, they could still make Mr. Obama's re-election effort the first billion-dollar campaign. "Simply duplicating that record-breaking sum would be a feat," observes Politico, "particularly when [Mr.] Obama's candidacy won't be softly wrapped in the inspirational and historic themes of his first race. But he'll run on an ambitious record of legislative accomplishment — victories that haven't yet been embraced by his liberal base but have energized his Republican adversaries."

The uncertain fortunes of Mr. Obama illustrate once more that nothing recedes like success. Only yesterday, in the afterglow of the inauguration of unlimited hope and wholesale change, the liberal pundits assured one and all that the Republicans were cooked geese, that if the party survived at all it would be as a permanent minority party, perhaps to be put on display at the Smithsonian with the hay balers, the one-horse shay and other artifacts of a dead age. Then the master salesman of hopey-changey delivered his magic elixir with a guarantee that it would cure baldness, cast out pimples, cure athlete's foot, smooth out wrinkles and leave milady's face baby-bottom smooth, eliminate bad breath and make warts go away. We know how that turned out. The Chicago messiah's fortunes have been on the slide since.

Despite his "healing" speech in Tucson, which was widely praised by both liberals and conservatives, his approval ratings as measured by the pollsters have hardly moved. Scott Rasmussen, one of the most reliable pollsters, finds the percentage of Americans who disapprove of the Obama job performance in the low 50's over the past few months, with the percentage of those who approve in the high 40's. In the week following the Tucson shootings the midweek numbers were almost even — 49 percent approval, 50 percent disapproval. But at the end of the first week after Tucson, the numbers were back to 53 percent disapproval.

Tiny fluctuations in the day-to-day numbers are significant, but only marginally so this far in advance of Nov. 6, 2012. The risk to Mr. Obama's prospects is that even an emotional event like Tucson can't move the numbers, suggesting that the perception that he has failed as president may be permanent.

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