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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 Oct. 26, 2010 / 18 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Blaming everyone but themselves

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In May of 2009, Democratic strategist James Carville published a book in which he predicted the election of Barack Obama as president presaged the "emergence of a Democratic majority that will last not four but 40 years."

Democrats fear Mr. Carville may be off by 38 years.

"Democrats are previewing what promises to be a main line of argument if Republicans make strong gains in Congress," wrote Jonathan Martin in the Webzine Politico Monday. "Conservatives bought their way to power with a flood of spending by outside groups."

"The denunciations of outside money by President Barack Obama began as a tool to rally the Democratic base before the Nov. 2 election," Mr. Martin wrote. "But in recent days it has morphed into something else: a main talking point to explain -- and fend off the recriminations over -- what many Washington Democrats assume will be a brutal election night."

If Republicans take the House and gain seven or eight seats in the Senate, it'll be a good idea for Democrats to have an explanation ready. But the claim Democrats are being overwhelmed by spending from outside groups blends hypocrisy with hilarity, because most of the spending from outside groups is being done by unions on behalf of Democrats.

The American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is tops, with $87 million, dwarfing U.S. Chamber of Commerce spending of $75 million. Other big spenders on behalf of Democrats include the Service Employees International Union, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

Democrats also lead the GOP in contributions from Political Action Committees. The Democratic National Committee has raised more money than has the Republican National Committee, and most Democratic incumbents have raised more money than their GOP challengers have.

President Obama has offered two other reasons for why his policies are unpopular. He told the New York Times magazine he was so focused on getting the policy of health care right that he neglected "marketing and PR and public opinion."

The difficulty with this assertion is that the president gave 54 speeches on Obamacare -- several during prime time television -- before the final vote in Congress. A president who has even posed for the cover of "The American Dog" magazine cannot be said to be neglecting public relations.

And Mr. Obama's claim in that New York Times magazine interview that he now knows "there is no such thing as a shovel-ready project" suggests he devoted more effort to selling the $862 billion stimulus bill to the public than to pondering how well it might work.

Even if he had focused more on "marketing and PR and public opinion," it might not have mattered, because Americans are too frightened to think clearly, Mr. Obama said at a fund-raiser in Boston Oct. 16.

"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not always to think clearly when we're scared," the president said.

Insulting voters is a novel way to try to win their votes. But Democrats besides the president have suggested Americans are too stupid, too ignorant, too frightened, or too racist to appreciate their brilliance.

"We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on, so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening," Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, told reporters in Boston.

But what if Americans are rejecting Democrats because their policies don't work?

Democrats said the stimulus would keep unemployment below eight percent. It's massively increased the federal debt, but unemployment has risen to 9.6 percent.

We were told Obamacare would reduce the federal deficit and reduce the cost of health insurance to Americans. But the Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare will increase the deficit by about $1 trillion over the next ten years, and insurance companies say Obamacare is forcing them to raise substantially the premiums they charge.

It may be comforting for Democrats -- especially for those in the White House -- to think their troubles are due to the shortcomings of everyone but themselves. But unless Democrats seriously consider that it is they, not the American people, who are making mistakes, Nov. 2 will not be the last disappointing election they'll experience.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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