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 February 24, 2010 / 10 Adar 5770

Put down the shovel

By Cheri Jacobus

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For the past few weeks here in Washington, nearly all of us have spent a big chunk of our lives with shovel in hand, digging out from that which we were unable to control. Something bigger than us all ground every agenda, activity and schedule to a halt, teaching us in the process that at some point, you must simply put down the shovel, wait for the thaw and regroup.

Sadly, President Barack Obama hasn't been able to get what the rest of us have accepted. In short, Obama still doesn't know when it's time to stop digging and put down the shovel.

Instead of listening to a very vocal American public and its distain for, and opposition to, Obama's healthcare agenda; Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's secret, behind-closed-doors maneuverings on ObamaCare; and our collective alarm at the ginormous fiscal crater ObamaCare would leave in our economic future, President Obama's ego won't let him let go of the shovel. And as everyone who can spout an overused cliché recognizes, when you are digging yourself into a hole, you gotta know when it's time to stop digging and put down the shovel.

The recently announced, renewed commitment to shoving the unpopular ObamaCare down our throats through reconciliation, requiring only 51 Senate votes, is the political equivalent of looking Americans in face and offering a certain rude hand gesture involving a single preferred digit.

This after one of the most historically liberal states in the union spoke loud and clear by filling the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) seat with Republican Scott Brown. Brown ran heavily on the message "I will be the 41st vote in the Senate against ObamaCare," thus preventing the Democrats from breaking a filibuster with 60 votes. His victory is a clear indication voters in even Massachusetts aren't copasetic with a 51-vote reconciliation bulldozer approach.

But instead of putting down the shovel long enough to listen to and ponder this message from voters — especially one following so closely on the heels of the message sent in New Jersey with the defeat of incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine by Republican Chris Christie, and Virginia electing Republican Bob McDonnell over Democrat Creigh Deeds — Democrats seem to be on a political kamikaze mission when it comes to ObamaCare, Big Government and Big Taxes. This week's Obama so-called "summit" with Republicans to pretend to work on a bipartisan basis on a package the Democrats have already decided to ram through Congress is, as House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) says, little more than a political "infomercial" — pure propaganda with Republican lawmakers used as mere extras.

Letter from JWR publisher

President Obama expects congressional Democrats to fall on their swords for him, regardless of the will of the people.

Democrats are foolish to blindly follow their leaders, Obama, Pelosi and Reid, on healthcare. Do they not wonder why, as they face town hall meetings filled with voters voicing anger and opposition to Obama's healthcare scheme, the president himself seems to be hiding out and has not held a formal press conference in 215 days? Doesn't Obama's freefall in the polls provide them with a crystal ball into their own numbers come Election Day?

Some Americans may be fooled by the fact that the healthcare proposal posted on the White House website does not include a public option — that first toe in the water of government-run healthcare. But there is a darn good chance it will be included in reconciliation, making congressional Democrats accountable to their constituents and even more vulnerable in November. And despite a near-universal aversion to anything remotely resembling Big Brother in healthcare, Obama proposes establishing a seven-member Health Insurance Rate Authority to "monitor" insurance companies — something that undoubtedly will raise the dander of many libertarian-minded independents.

Notably, incumbent Democrats who have done a pretty good job back home of pleasing enough Republicans to garner reelection in years past are now in trouble solely due to that "D" after their name, which is now synonymous with Obama and his political baggage. Those Democrats will lose reelection unless they stiffen their spines and stand up to this unpopular, ineffective, inexperienced and seemingly arrogant young president.

Democrats facing voters this coming November need to decide if their loyalty to President Obama is stronger than their loyalty to their constituents who sent them to Washington to work for them.

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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus