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 Sept. 19, 2011 / 20 Elul, 5771

Obama: Love me!

By Cheri Jacobus

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Alas, that love, so gentle in his view/ Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!
             —William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Act 1, Scene 1

It's gotta hurt. President Obama now sports the lowest approval numbers in California since becoming president, where less than half — only 46 percent — approve — an eight-point drop since June, according to a new Field poll. Fifty-four percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy. He's starting to lose seniors and African-Americans, along with Democrats and Independents. Unemployment in California is at 12 percent, three points higher than the rest of the nation. When a lefty president is on shaky ground in California, you know he's in trouble. Despite his failures on multiple fronts, Californians still seem to like Obama personally, however, to the tune of 55 percent.

Perhaps that's why he is making the impassioned plea for support for his tax hikes/jobs bill a personal matter, imploring supporters for help, saying at a North Carolina rally this week, "If you love me, you've got to help me pass this bill!" (This sounds suspiciously similar to an equally urgent line young teenage girls are warned about emanating from young teenage boys.)

Opposite the Left Coast in the Northeast Democratic stronghold of New York City, the GOP just dominated a special election for a seat Democrats comfortably held for nearly a century, with analysts across the political spectrum recognizing it as a referendum on Obama. Republican Bob Turner's landslide victory over Democrat David Weprin in the 9th congressional district, where Democrats have a 3-to-1 registration advantage over Republicans, is difficult to spin as anything other than a harsh rebuke of the president. The loss of the 40 percent Jewish congressional district has sent the Obama White House scrambling, worried this historically reliably Democratic constituency will be somewhat less reliable nationally in the 2012 elections. Obama's call for a return to 1967 lines for Israel and not refusing flat-out to negotiate with Hamas is costing him big in the Jewish community.

Reports the White House is in a panic over the ominous message on Obama's vulnerability among Jewish voters and is feverishly working to devise a strategy to win back the love indicate a possible wavering on its strategy that has appeared to consist of calling anyone who opposes Obama "racist," combined with improving Democrats' electoral prospects by showcasing the president's winning personality. Race-baiting while selling one's self as a nice guy simply doesn't make for a congruent courtship. Neither does going squishy on Israel.

The next surprise hurdle for Democrats might be the result of proposed tax hikes on people making at least $200,000 per year, down from Obama's previous definition of "the rich," who should be taxed more heavily at $250,000 annually. $200,000 isn't rich. But it does place one in the all-important consumer class. In one fell swoop of classic desperation and class warfare, Obama and the Democrats could squash the one earning class of Americans who still can feed this economy and keep it from sputtering. Consumer spending is crucial to a healthy economy, yet the president is poised to lower the boom.

President Obama wants voters to show him some love, even as taxpayers are getting jilted and stuck with the $535 million tab the president gave to Solyndra, a solar energy company he embraced for federal help despite warnings from the Bush administration and his own aides the company was "not ready for prime time," as advised in an internal email among Obama staff that was subpoenaed by Congress. Now Solyndra is tanking. The company's CEO, as it turns out, raised $100,000 for the Obama presidential campaign, but the White House is denying the lipstick on its collar despite Obama "wingman" and then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel apparently using his position to pressure fast-tracking the federal loan just days after Barack Obama took the oath of office. What appears to be a "sweetheart" deal would be the polar opposite of what candidate Obama promised when wooing voters in his 2008 presidential campaign. In fact, he specifically and emphatically promised he would not favor special interests over the rest of us. He promised we could trust him. Only six days into his presidency, he broke that vow.

For President Obama, love means never having to say you're sorry.

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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


09/12/11: Waive wage rule, create jobs
07/25/11: Dems changed their tune
07/15/11: Clinton's bad advice
06/27/11: Cut, cap and balance
06/03/11: Weiner Twitter kerfuffle
05/16/11: Osama, Obama and 2012
04/19/11: Obama's charity state
04/12/11: Dems too crazy to win
03/21/11: Revere real journalism
03/14/11: Dems generous to a fault
03/07/11: Cut with a machete
03/02/11: $100,000,000,000 of waste is immoral
02/28/11: GOP 2012 hopefuls are getting in touch with their inner Cheesehead
02/14/11: Patriot Act needs diligence
06/15/10: Republican girl power
06/01/10: The petulant president
05/26/10: Party like it's 1994
04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours
04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus