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 May 28, 2010 / 15 Sivan 5770

Speaking out, listening up

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Throw all the bums out!"

That's the message one incumbent Republican congressman received from a friendly constituent via e-mail recently. "I hope this doesn't happen to you," the constituent confided, forwarding an anti-Congress message to his representative. And then added, "… but, whatever."

It's an anti-Washington mood out there, in other words, fairly or unfairly. It used to be joked that voters' attitudes were generally: "Throw the bums out -- just not mine!" But these days, Congress is consistently not held in high esteem in public-opinion polls. And so even if you appreciate the virtues and record of your congressman, it's possible that you've just been too disappointed by politics and politicians in general to care all that much who gets swept up in the Tea Party tide.

The recipient of the "but whatever" e-mail gets it. And so, it would seem, does the Republican leadership, which is why they'd like you to log onto americaspeakingout.com. The website's reason for being is explained as: "America deserves a Congress that respects the priorities of the people. Unfortunately, Washington hasn't been listening. Let's change that."

As Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who has spearheaded the project, has explained it: "'This is an open community and a debate of ideas; you submit the idea, you debate the idea, you put it into your network and you'll continue to have that dialogue."

America Speaking Out comes at the perfect time. We all remember the town halls of last summer where, across the country, people let their congressman know exactly what they thought of the health-care push from Washington. And Republicans are hoping that voters will once again speak out about their unhappiness with the ruling party in Washington and interact with help form the agenda of and vote for the opposition in November.

The approach is born out of a certain amount of humility, too. In a Facebook posting, Sarah Palin, queen of the Tea Party if there is one, endorsed the effort, writing: "From the bailouts to the wasteful stimulus spending bill to the $2.5 trillion health care take over (sic), Washington stopped listening to us average everyday hardworking Americans … so we're doing something about that."

Another way of putting it might be: "We know you're mad, and you've been mad as Republicans as much as Democrats along the way. We get it and we want you to make sure we change things."

Is America Speaking Out a gimmick? Sure it is. But having been elected to the majority in the House before --during the so-called 1994 revolution -- House Republicans know that gimmicks without substance and follow-through are meaningless, even disastrous. Which is why Republicans aren't in the majority now. And if they screw it up again - Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the presumptive Speaker of the House if Republicans do win the majority in November is pretty open and consistent about saying -- they'll deserve every loss that comes from it.

As one veteran of the 1994 revolution tells me: "Times are a'different than they were back in 1994 when Newt and Dick could descend from the mountaintop with the 10 tablets of the Contract, take out some ads in TV Guide and Reader's Digest, hold a mass event on the steps of the Capitol, and expect everyone to sign on."

He continues, "Trust in government is at a 50-year low, incumbent is a four-letter word, and the Republican Party remains in the dumps, so the approach to devising an agenda must take that new environment into consideration. Of course, it may unfold in an entirely uncharted direction!"

That's a gamble Republicans probably have to take. It's perhaps not that dramatic a gamble precisely because it suggests Republicans -- at least in the leadership -- are already doing a good bit of listening. They recognize the new, civically active environment. They also see that the Tea Party anger isn't simply a repulsion of Washington or government. Poll after poll suggests that the Tea Party movement reflects center-right, conservative values. These should be Republican voters.

America Speaking Out suggests confidence about exactly that. The site trumpets commitments to "limited, more accountable government; economic freedom; lower taxes; fiscal responsibility; protecting life, American values, and the Constitution; and providing for strong national security." Further, the Republicans will tell you that they feel confident that, in these Obama-Pelosi years, Republicans in the House have not only said "no" to bad ideas, but have offered alternatives on health care, spending, jobs, regulatory reform, energy, and other issues. It's a bummer most of those aren't taken seriously, but it's not the stuff of bums.

Long beyond the novelty of their website, Americans will keep speaking out. And, increasingly, the people who are willing to make the sacrifices to show up as elected representatives on Capitol Hill have little to no interest in deluding themselves that Washington runs separate from them. Power may corrupt, but having seen too many in their caucus go down that road in the past, they know it's what losers do. It's a long road to November yet, but it's not a bad way to jump into the summer.

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