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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 Nov 3, 2011 / 6 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

The Silent Majority speaks at last

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | He is Central Casting's slam-dunk pick to play the role of our President.

He's got that ideal look --Ken-Doll-defeats-middle-age. He comes complete with a Christmas card photogenic family that seems ideal for Hallmark and Hollywood. He's even got one of those patrician pedigrees that gleams like FDR's and JFK's and reminds us that yes, multimillionaires can be men-of-the-people, too.

But then Mitt Romney speaks. Says not what his best-political-team-money-can-buy thinkers think he should say, but what he really thinks.

And then the people know this multimillionaire can never be one of them.

He made that perfectly clear last month when the Republican presidential candidates' cavalcade descended upon Nevada for their recent debate. Romney knew he had come to the state that leads the nation in home foreclosures. He knew many thousands of Nevada homeowners are underwater and drowning in that desert state because they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. So he was certainly not surprised when he was asked about that problem at a meeting with the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

"As to what to do for the housing industry specifically and are there things that you can do to encourage housing: One is, don't try to stop the foreclosure process," said Romney, who is still the early co-frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. "Let it run its course and hit the bottom." Later, during the debate, he offered a truncated but unchanged view: "The right course is to let the markets work."

Let us focus on Romney's answer, what it tells us about Romney and all the Republican candidates who hope to defeat Obama.

To best do that, let's view the debate response from the other end of the Great News Funnel. Among those watching were thousands upon thousands of Nevada's middle-class homeowners. These are folks who played by the rules and are now facing financial catastrophe because of decisions being made by their formerly friendly bankers (whose own lives and families remain quite comfortable behind the walls of their estates, thank you).

These Nevadans have no reason to be enamored of the incumbent president, who has presided over an inherited economy that is doing them in. They have every reason to want to hear from someone who can make life fairer. So here's what they heard in terms of action and compassion: Nada. No one in the Grand Old Party debate in Nevada chose to advocate any action to help these middle-class Americans.

Now, put yourself in the place of the longtime frontrunner of the pack, Mitt Romney. How could you go into this state, knowing the desperate shape those middle class Americans are in, and not have something to say that speaks of both compassion and action?

Even Nevada's Republican Chair Amy Tarkanian sounded understandably fed up, when she appeared on CNN. "I don't think one candidate was really focused on that," she said. "… I think they all touched on it briefly but didn't really speak to Nevada. … I think Nevadans are just tied of rhetoric and they want results. … We need specifics. We need them now."

This is the common thread -- call it the "I'm Fed Up and Not Gonna Take It Any More!" outrage -- that is the non-ideological core of movements ranging from the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street. That common thread has unraveled not from the fringe but from heartland.

The outraged voices we are hearing emanate from what Richard Nixon used to call the "Silent Majority." They will not be silent in 2012.

And a candidate who cannot speak to them -- and for them -- will not win.

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Previously:


10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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