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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Nov. 6, 2012/ 21 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Romney our best hope for Ike-like peace and prosperity

By Kevin Ferris



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Though it's not fashionable to look favorably on the 1950s, voters today might want to consider the choices people faced 60 years ago, the leader they elected, and the stability and prosperity that resulted.

In 1952, Americans wanted change.

The previous 12 years had been exhausting, marked by wars and recessions and scandals. As the Democrats were in charge, and had been for two decades, it seemed likely that the GOP would benefit from the hopes for new leadership.

And with a nickname like "Mr. Republican," U.S. Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio had the edge. The son of the former president and chief justice was a conservative icon, having staunchly fought the New Deal, and an isolationist, opposing U.S. entry into the war in Europe right up until the attack on Pearl Harbor. Going into the convention that year, he was the favorite.

However, as it turned out, Republicans wanted change too. From Washington. From gridlock. From the same old fights between the same old politicians. They didn't want to go from one extreme to the other. Truth be told, they were sick of losing presidential races too. (They were 0-5 since Herbert Hoover won in 1928.) So, yes, they wanted someone who could win. But they also wanted a proven leader, someone who could bring factions together and get big things done, someone who wasn't afraid to buck his own party now and then.

In short, they liked Ike.

For too long, Dwight Eisenhower has been seen as the interim, not-so-great president, the golf-playing GOP breather between the New Deal-Fair Deal and the New Frontier-Great Society. A book published last year, Jim Newton's "Eisenhower: The White House Years, suggests otherwise. If Americans were able to experience an interlude of calm, it wasn't by chance. It was because they had elected a smart, effective manager - a true leader.

"President Eisenhower was determined that Americans should enjoy the fruits of their freedom, and he set out to wean the nation from its addiction to crisis," Newton writes. "Americans, he believed, would only fully secure the blessings of their liberty if allowed to pursue it with tranquility. More than any man of his era, Ike gave Americans that chance."

Mitt Romney's accomplishments in business, in the Olympics, or even as a Republican governor of a majority Democratic state don't compare with Ike's during World War II. They stand on their own. But today's voters would be wise to follow the example of their predecessors from '52, and select a non-ideological Republican from outside the Washington maelstrom to calm the political waters and get things done. And, if elected on Tuesday, Romney should look to Ike as an example of how to put the interests of Americans first, above advisers, allies overseas, and especially partisan politics.

For example, consider the constant pressure Ike faced from Republicans to cut taxes, right up until Vice President Richard Nixon prepared to run for the White House.

Newton writes: "Eisenhower declined to endorse a tax cut, despite the benefits it might have had for Nixon's political future. It was, Ike said, too likely to throw the federal budget out of balance. ... He had come to office determined to erase the $8.2 billion budget deficit he had inherited from Truman. Steady resistance to federal spending, along with the expansion of the economy through the mid-1950s, had allowed Eisenhower to deliver surpluses in 1956 and 1957 ... The 1960 budget offered Ike his final opportunity to deliver the economy into safe hands. He held fast on spending and taxes, and left office with a $500 million surplus. Not until 1999 would another American president produce a budget in the black."

A President Romney could only dream of having an $8.2 billion deficit to worry about. Still, if he was serious about reviving the economy and then delivering it into safe hands, and moving toward a balanced budget, and reforming taxes and entitlement programs, he would need the fortitude of an Eisenhower to overcome the political storm headed his way.

One thing that guided Ike was what he called the "middle way" - something a former Massachusetts governor could appreciate. Ike could support a health-care plan for seniors, but not a general mandatory one subsidized by the federal government. He could oppose a billion-dollar housing bill, but back federal funding for interstate highways or the St. Lawrence Seaway.

"Dwight Eisenhower was a profoundly conservative man, dedicated to the conviction that government served society best by safeguarding the individualism of the governed and allowing maximum liberty within those limits," Newton writes. "His 'middle way' ... explicitly rejected the notion that government should control the lives of citizens or eliminate all fear or want. But he also stood firmly apart from those who would, as a matter of principle, reject the useful services of a government that could advance the economy or protect its people."

On foreign policy, Eisenhower was equally independent. He rejected French pleas to intervene in Vietnam. He stood with Egypt against allies Britain, France, and Israel during the Suez crisis. He overruled advisers who advocated for tactically deployable nuclear weapons.

Clearly, it was not a crisis-free decade, and Eisenhower received his share of criticism, especially in his handling of civil rights and McCarthyism. The point, though, is that the relative peace and prosperity that prevailed was no accident. It took leadership.

Similarly, if Mitt Romney is elected president on Tuesday, he won't cure our addiction to crisis. But he's the best bet for putting us on the road to recovery.

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Kevin Ferris is commentary page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.



Previously:


10/29/12: Obama and strength?
10/06/11: Words of hard-earned wisdom on national defense
04/06/11: A double standard on civility in politics
02/10/11: Why Bolton has an eye on 2012
07/22/10: The liberal roadblocks to shrinking government
06/16/10: A rightward sequel to Year of the Woman?
03/11/10: Dems silent on health-bill concerns
03/03/10: More than an angry mob
02/17/10: A summit for the rest of us
02/08/10: A moving tale of detainee shuffle
01/27/10: Standing for more than ‘No’
12/24/09: A duty, an honor that grows and grows
11/12/09: Obama should heed his own lofty words
11/05/09: Getting well, helping others
10/01/09: Helping the fighters thrive
09/03/09: Holder needs to explain dismissal of Philly case
08/19/09: Rage understandable, but what comes next?
08/05/09: A few words, and then some, from the Obama Center
04/29/09: Pity for ‘tortured’ terrorist?
04/22/09: For good or ill, to be a public figure is to have your image used and abused
03/11/09: GOP lacks leader but has potential
03/05/09: A dangerous naivete in foreign policy
02/25/09: Beware ‘dialogue’ on race
12/29/08: ‘Chicago II’: A governor's story
12/11/08: Operator: Welcome to transition hotline
12/03/08: How Obama will fight a growing front in Afghanistan
11/25/08: GOP ahead of curve for change
11/13/08: Prayers for President-elect Barack Obama
10/03/08: Obama's lowball attacks: Suggesting that McCain is a bigot runs afoul of the high-minded ‘unity’ tripe
09/06/08: It's unlikely that a President McCain would be driven by political ideology
09/04/08: Bold McCain will sharpen the contrasts

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