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 June 4, 2014 / 6 Sivan, 5774

Dems Care, Republicans Hate You

By Bernard Goldberg

JewishWorldReview.com | Good day, class. Today we're going to discuss the midterm elections, which are only five months away. Today's class will be short. The lesson is simple.

This is all you need to know: President Obama and his merry band of Democrats care about you. Republicans don't. In fact, Republicans hate you. That's the president's story and he's sticking to it.

I can now dismiss class because you now know everything you need to know. But I'll take just a few more minutes of your time to fill in a few blanks — because if I don't you'll just go back to the dorm and smoke something illegal.

Every chance he gets Barack Obama tells voters that he and his Democratic entourage are for raising the minimum wage. He knows most Americans also favor raising the minimum wage. He tells voters Republicans don't want to raise the minimum wage, which they don't. This is a potential plus for the Democrats for obvious reasons.

What the president doesn't tell the American voter is that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has predicted that raising the minimum wage would cost the economy about a half a million jobs. Yes, higher pay would help those who get it. But it will hurt those who don't get hired in the first place — or those who get fired because the small business owner can't afford his new costs.

Mr. Obama also tells the voters that he and other Democrats are for equal pay for equal work. Hey, who isn't? Republicans, he also tells them, are against new legislation that would enshrine the concept into law.

Again, he leaves something out. First, there are laws already on the books that prohibit pay discrimination based on gender. Second, the law would be a jobs act for trial lawyers who would bring tons of lawsuits alleging discrimination when in fact other factors almost certainly would have contributed to the unequal pay. (As I've written about a million times: If women really did get paid less for doing the same work, what company would hire men at all?)

Since many Americans fit into the low-information classification of voters — a nice way of saying they don't know what's going on about anything that doesn't have the name Kardashian attached to it — the president's strategy may work. We're hard-wired to like people who care. We don't like people who don't care.

Besides, the Republicans lack something crucial in the United States of Entertainment: A charismatic, dramatic spokesman to make their case. A dozen different people putting forth conservative arguments can't compete with one attractive president who comes alive on the campaign trail.

And we know what Republicans are against, but what are they for? Well, they're for getting to the bottom of the Benghazi mess. That's a good thing, except for one factor: The American people don't care all that much about Benghazi.

The IRS scandal is another big deal. You'd think everyone would want to get to the bottom of that one. But, it hasn't quite turned out that way.

Fast and Furious? Walk down the street and ask some stranger what he or she thinks about it. You'll get a blank look.

And the president is getting us out of Afghanistan — a war the American people got tired of a long, long time ago. The GOP may have better ideas on most big issues, but too many Americans just aren't smart enough to care.

They do care about the Affordable Care Act, because that one hits home. And that could still help Republicans. But the Democratic strategy that says, "Let's fix it and make it better," — while unrealistic given the immense complexity of the law — also has appeal to low information voters.

The unknown for Democrats is whether they can get the vote out. If they can, they will avoid a GOP tsunami in November. Mr. Obama has shown that he can not only rev up the base, but also get independents to turn out — but that's when he is running. But in the fall of 2014, Barack Obama isn't running for anything.

So there's a good chance Democrats may sit this one out — especially a key contingent of the Democratic base, union workers who aren't happy with the president's failure to green-light the XL pipeline, a decision which has cost them good-paying jobs.

They're not happy, either, with the likelihood that their insurance premiums will be going up thanks to the higher costs of ObamaCare (to keep 26 year olds on their parents policies, for example) and the pending tax on gold-plated plans that many union workers enjoy.

No chance Republicans will stay home. If you don't count drones, there's nothing they like about this president's policies.

So that's what it comes down to, class. Can the president — who campaigns very well but governs very badly — convince enough Americans that he and his fellow Democrats care and Republicans don't?

I'm sure you all knew that that was the crucial question. But in critical times it's important to state the obvious. Now go out and enjoy your summer.


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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.

© 2014, Bernard Goldberg