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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 May 16, 2008 / 11 Iyar 5768

The bitter wind from Mississippi has replaced complacency with panic, but manyGOPers don't know what to do about it

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A message from Mississippi has interrupted the leisurely cruise Republicans in Congress have been taking up that famous river in Egypt, de Nile. Democrat Travis Childers soundly defeated Republican Greg Davis in a special election in a House district that President Bush carried by 25 percentage points in 2004.


Mr. Childers' victory completes a trifecta for Democrats in once heavily Republican districts. On May 3, Democrats won a seat in Louisiana in a district President Bush had won by 19 percentage points in 2004, and in March a Democrat won the seat vacated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert in Illinois, which Mr. Bush had carried by 11 percentage points.


More than twice as many people voted in Democratic presidential primaries than in GOP contests through Super Tuesday, when races in both parties were competitive. You don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing. The Republican brand today is as popular as Tylenol's was during the cyanide poison scare.


The bitter wind from Mississippi has replaced complacency with panic, but many Republicans don't know what to do about it.


Many blame President Bush, with good reason. His dad has an aircraft carrier named after him. But if the Navy wants to name a ship after Dubya, it ought to be a submarine, to commemorate how deep his party has plunged under his leadership. He's the most unpopular president in the history of polling, plunging beneath the depths plumbed by Harry Truman after he fired Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War.


But the larger reason for the troubles of congressional Republicans is that they are viewed (alas, correctly) as being motivated by little else than self enrichment.


Voters now prefer Democrats to Republicans on all ten of the "key issues" he tracks, said pollster Scott Rasmussen, even though they disagree with what Democrats advocate on some of those issues.


For instance, "Government Ethics and Corruption" is a "very important" issue for 71 percent of likely voters, Mr. Rasmussen said. These voters prefer Democrats on this issue, 45 percent to 26 percent.


Part of the reason for this is the tendency of the news media to mention a miscreant's party affiliation in the lead if he or she is a Republican, but to mention it deep in the story or not at all if the offender is a Democrat. And part of the reason is because questionable behavior by Republicans gets more media attention than questionable behavior by Democrats.


But the larger part of the reason is people like Sen. Ted Stevens and Reps. Don Young and Jerry Lewis, all of whom are under investigation by the FBI. They may join disgraced former representatives Randy Cunningham and Bob Ney in federal prison, but they retain their positions of power in their respective GOP caucuses.


Alaskans Stevens and Young are the premier GOP porkmeisters, being responsible for, among other things, the infamous "bridge to nowhere." Lewis is barely a half step behind.


Republicans should stay as far away from pork as do devout Muslims and Jews, because their base is allergic to it. Democrats expect their representatives to loot the public treasury on their behalf, and don't mind much if their senator or congressman takes a little for himself along the way. But most Republican voters want taxes low and government honest, and are infuriated when their lawmakers behave like Democrats. Anger over the lack of fiscal discipline is the chief reason why contributions to GOP congressional committees have plunged.


If Republicans in Congress could set aside their personal greed and grow a spine, there would be opportunity. The Democratic led Congress is the least popular in the history of polling. The Democrats are committed to massive tax increases which, according to Mr. Rasmussen, 60 percent of Americans think will hurt the economy. The Democrats are about to nominate a weak general election candidate, and the Republicans have in John McCain a candidate uniquely qualified to take advantage of Barack Obama's shortcomings.


But for Republicans in Congress, their addiction to pork is more important than political survival. On Wednesday, nearly half the Republicans in the House voted for a farm bill so stuffed with pork that President Bush — himself no slouch when it comes to spending — plans to veto it.


Democrats may not deserve to win the congressional elections this fall, but Republicans deserve to lose them.

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