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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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. 27, 2010 / 12 Shevat 5770

Standing for more than ‘No’

By Kevin Ferris



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Amid the celebrating over Scott Brown's Senate victory Tuesday, some Republicans were smartly looking ahead, arguing that the party can't rest on the laurels of one election, however momentous.

Kevin Madden, press secretary for Mitt Romney in 2008, wrote in the Wall Street Journal: "The party can prove to a disaffected public that we stand for more than just winning elections but instead are dedicated to reforming a broken system and governing a nation with public support."

In other words, don't let the Brown win go your heads. It's a big deal — huge, considering that Republicans and conservatives were thought extinct just a year ago. But don't think this is a Sally Field moment. Voters don't suddenly really, really like the GOP. Instead, consider the things they really, really dislike:

The state of the economy and double-digit unemployment — and they know it's not Obama's fault, but they want action, not just complaints about George Bush.

Bloated, wasteful government spending like the stimulus package, especially when political allies and special interests seem to benefit more than the national interest.

Trillion-dollar programs, such as cap and trade and health-care bills that will burden families financially at a time when they are watching every penny.

Back-room deals and bribes that benefit certain senators, states, or union members at the expense of other states and taxpayers.


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The increased taxes needed to pay for the wasteful spending, trillion-dollar programs and bribes.

This isn't just the griping of a few Tea Party activists. Rasmussen reports that independents went for Scott Brown 73 percent to 25 — many of the same people who voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama for president.

In 2008, Obama sounded like a reasonable centrist in the debates. However, instead of driving the country toward the middle, he hopped in the back of the limo and flipped the keys to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who clasped hands a la Thelma and Louise and headed for the cliff. On one issue, health-care reform, Brown has been sent in to apply the brakes.

But allowing for a 41st senator is a long way from entrusting Republicans with a majority in Congress. It's not unthinkable, given a pattern of heightened scrutiny of politicians in the age of e-mail, tweets, and 24/7 cable.

Consider that the last time Democrats had a majority in the House, they ruled for 41 straight years. They were booted out in 1995 for being corrupt, out-of-touch spendthrifts. The GOP majority that followed lasted only 12 years — they were fired for being corrupt, out-of-touch spendthrifts. Just as politicians have sped up the process of going from the party of change to being the problem, voters catch on quicker, too — easily seeing the excesses of old Congresses in the new. That could mean chasing Democrats — today's corrupt, out-of-touch spendthrifts — from power this November, after just four years.

But based on what? Reacting solely in disgust or in search of something better? Hope and change? Voters fell for that in 2008, the promise of an entirely new kind of government, run by new and improved politicians. Honest. Transparent. There for the people, not for the special interests. Obama and Democrats in Congress have fallen far short in this area.

The challenge for Republicans now is proving to a skeptical, angry electorate that they can do better. Here are places to start:

By proving they can do more than say "no." There are alternative GOP plans on health care, energy, economic stimulus and budgeting (www.gop.gov/solutions) — and areas of agreement with the president. If Republicans are serious about health-care reform, now's the time to speak out.

By having their actions speak louder than words. If Republicans are complaining about pork-barrel spending of others while still lined up at the trough for their own earmarks, they have a problem.

By showing they value the kind of independence Scott Brown talked about in his campaign. That means the party — and allies in the Tea Party movement — will not always like how certain lawmakers vote.

By leading in state capitals. Watch newly inaugurated Govs. Christopher J. Christie in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell in Virginia and see whether they live up to their promise to put the people first.

Maybe Democrats will make it easy, taking their party over the cliff and leaving the GOP as the only alternative standing. But it's better not to take charge by default. A governing majority, and the trust of the people, should be earned.

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Kevin Ferris is commentary page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.



Previously:


12/24/09: A duty, an honor that grows and grows
11/12/09: Obama should heed his own lofty words
11/05/09: Getting well, helping others
10/01/09: Helping the fighters thrive
09/03/09: Holder needs to explain dismissal of Philly case
08/19/09: Rage understandable, but what comes next?
08/05/09: A few words, and then some, from the Obama Center
04/29/09: Pity for ‘tortured’ terrorist?
04/22/09: For good or ill, to be a public figure is to have your image used and abused
03/11/09: GOP lacks leader but has potential
03/05/09: A dangerous naivete in foreign policy
02/25/09: Beware ‘dialogue’ on race
12/29/08: ‘Chicago II’: A governor's story
12/11/08: Operator: Welcome to transition hotline
12/03/08: How Obama will fight a growing front in Afghanistan
11/25/08: GOP ahead of curve for change
11/13/08: Prayers for President-elect Barack Obama
10/03/08: Obama's lowball attacks: Suggesting that McCain is a bigot runs afoul of the high-minded ‘unity’ tripe
09/06/08: It's unlikely that a President McCain would be driven by political ideology
09/04/08: Bold McCain will sharpen the contrasts

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