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December 2, 2014

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 June 15, 2007 / 29 Sivan, 5767

The coming revolution? Leaders in both parties have been blase about failure because failure has had few consequences for them

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll released Tuesday, 69 percent of those polled think things in this country "are seriously off on the wrong track."


The "wrong track" numbers haven't been this high since the late 1970s. There were good reasons then for public discontent. The economy was stagnant, but inflation was soaring. The Watergate scandal and our defeat in Vietnam were fresh in the public mind.


But today the stock market is hitting record highs; inflation and unemployment are near record lows. Our discontent is less with our circumstances than with our perception of our political "leadership."


President Bush's polling numbers have been plumbing the political depths for quite some time. But he's less unpopular than are the Democratic leaders in Congress. Only 27 percent of those surveyed by the LA Times and Bloomberg approve of the job Congress has been doing. That's the lowest it's been in a decade.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) had an approval rating of 19 percent — half that of much maligned Vice President Dick Cheney.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) had a more robust rating of 36 percent. But that's 11 points below Newt Gingrich's job approval rating at a comparable point in his tenure as Speaker.


The day before the LA Times poll was released, the Senate debated a nonbinding resolution expressing no confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. It was panned even by liberals such as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank:


"There was one big problem with Lord Protector Schumer's plan: the American system of government does not have no confidence votes," Mr. Milbank wrote.


The Democrats have been long on political stunts like this since they took over Congress, but short on accomplishments. They made a lot of promises, but so far haven't kept them.


Voters doubt they ever intended to keep them. In the LA Times poll, just 29 percent of respondents think Democrats in Congress are working hard to bring fundamental change, compared to 63 percent who say they are governing in a business as usual manner.


But the Democrats' loss has not been the Republicans' gain. The GOP is just as unpopular now as it was before the voters swept it from power last November.


A major source of discontent has been the war in Iraq. Conservatives are unhappy with the Democratic leadership because of its repeated efforts to force withdrawal of our troops.


Liberals are unhappy because those efforts failed. Majority Leader Reid is preparing another series of largely symbolic votes on Iraq, which is unlikely to improve his standing with either group.


Another source of unhappiness is the immigration reform bill. Only 23 percent of those polled by the Rasmussen polling firm support it, with 50 percent opposed. Democrats were nearly as likely as Republicans to be against the measure, Mr. Rasmussen found, but opposition was proportionally the highest among Independents.


Most of those who oppose the immigration bill do so because they don't believe it will do what its proponents say it will do. Mr. Rasmussen found that two thirds of us would accept a compromise that would legalize the status of illegals if the border were secured. But only 16 percent of us think the bill actually would reduce illegal immigration.


Americans are sick of partisan stunts such as the "no confidence" vote on Attorney General Gonzales. But it should matter (but apparently doesn't) that Mr. Gonzales actually is incompetent. He told a Senate committee he "took responsibility" for firing eight U.S. attorneys, but that he didn't know why he'd fired them.


Americans want Democrats and Republicans to work together on what's important. But they're not enamored of "bipartisan" bills hatched behind closed doors by special interest groups, as the immigration bill was.


Americans want a government that works. But our leaders in both parties have been blase about failure because failure has had few consequences for them.


This may be about to change. The polls suggest the peasants are sharpening their pitchforks. A Rasmussen survey indicated 56 percent of Americans think most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote. Another survey suggested 49 percent of us would consider voting for a third party congressional candidate.


The presidential candidate who proposes real reforms (such as term limits for members of Congress and an end to "earmarks" in spending bills) could bring together people deeply divided about what to do in Iraq or how to secure our borders.

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