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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

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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

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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

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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 Sept. 6, 2006 / 13 Elul, 5766

Santorum shows his mettle to the nation

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My opinion of the Republican "leadership" in Congress is not printable in a family newspaper. Greed (as in earmarks) and political cowardice (as in the refusal to tackle the immigration problem) have been the hallmarks of the "do nothing" 109th Congress.


But in the muck, some diamonds shine. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa), and his challenger, State Treasurer Bob Casey, debated each other on NBC's "Meet the Press" program Sunday. Here's how the Washington Post, no admirer of Sen. Santorum, began its coverage of the debate:


"Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa), battling for re-election in a state where President Bush is not popular, gave a full-throated defense of the president yesterday and said the United States must prevail in the Iraq war.


"In his first and perhaps only debate with Democratic challenger Bob Casey Jr., Santorum lived up to his reputation as a feisty, unapologetic conservative, even though it has caused him problems in moderate-voting Pennsylvania."


The Post reporter, Charles Babington, didn't address Bob Casey's performance until the 5th paragraph:


"Moderator Tim Russert tried to pin Casey down on whether he still believes he would have voted to support the Iraq invasion, knowing what is now known about Saddam's lack of unconventional weapons."


The 6th paragraph began: "Russert also pressed Casey on how he would fulfill his pledge to balance the federal budget. Casey said he would seek to repeal the recent tax cuts for persons making more than $200,000 a year, and retain a tax on very large estates, which Santorum opposes. But he would not identify federal programs he would be willing to cut."


The Post story gives the impression that Sen. Santorum was direct and forthright, Mr. Casey vague and evasive. That was my impression, too.


Of course, how one views winners and losers in political debates is colored by ideology. Liberals were pleased with Mr. Casey's performance, conservatives delighted with Sen. Santorum's.


Most journalists who wrote about the debate called it a draw. Since most journalists are liberals, I take this to mean they think Sen. Santorum won.


For what it's worth, the nonpartisan Politics PA ran an online poll on who was the victor. When I checked it Monday afternoon, Sen. Santorum was leading, 63.6 percent to 36.4 percent.


I suppose the real test will be if there are more debates. Sen. Santorum, who is trailing in the race, wants at least three more. If he doesn't get them, we'll know who Bob Casey thinks won the debate.


Though I'm not terribly fond of most Democrats, I like Bob Casey. He seems like a decent guy. He hasn't joined the cut and run caucus on Iraq. And he said he supports Sen. Santorum's efforts to impose sanctions on Iran. Bob Casey is much more of a Truman Democrat than a McGovern Democrat.


But the vague answers Mr. Casey gave to Mr. Russert's questions made it easy for Sen. Santorum, in the Post's Mr. Babington's words, to portray Casey "as a bob-and-weave politician unwilling to take stands on tough issues."


The only policy prescription Mr. Casey offered for the war on terror was to "double the size of the special forces."


Mr. Casey is hardly the only Democrat using this talking point, but those who imply this can be done quickly, easily and cheaply either are idiots, or think you are.


It takes about a year (depending on his speciality) to train an Army Green Beret, two years to train a Navy SEAL. Washout rates are high. The only way rapidly to increase the number of special operations forces is to dramatically lower standards.


But what is most dishonest about this talking point is that Mr. Casey knows, or ought to, that expanding special forces has been a DoD priority for years. So the only "change" he advocates is continuation of existing policy. It speaks volumes about the Democratic party to note that Mr. Casey is one of their stronger candidates this year.


By contrast, Sen. Santorum's responses to Mr. Russert's frequently loaded questions were direct and detailed. This impressed Michael Smerconish, a radio talk show host in Philadelphia who disagrees with Sen. Santorum on the Iraq war and on abortion. "In our poll-driven political climate, dominated by blow-dried politicians with their fingers in the wind (Santorum) stands for things," Mr. Smerconish said. "And even when he stands for things with which I disagree, I come away admiring his unwillingness to placate dissenters."


Sen. Santorum may not win his uphill race, but he deserves to. And if he does pull this race out, he may be destined for higher things.

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