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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 Sept. 29, 2008 / 29 Elul 5768

Blind ambition

By Linda Chavez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The nation's economy is on the precipice, but Barack Obama has more important things to attend to. He's a man in a hurry to be president, and a little thing like the collapse of the U.S. credit markets won't deter him. In fact, he sees it as an opportunity. By Obama's calculation — and that of many of his supporters — the worse mess the economy is in, the better his chances are to win the Oval Office.


But John McCain has other ideas. He actually believes it's his duty to deal with the crisis at hand, which is why he temporarily suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday to return to Washington. Before he asks voters to elect him to a new office, McCain will fulfill what the citizens of Arizona have six times elected him to do — legislate; this time on an issue that has momentous consequences for all Americans, rescuing the credit markets on which much of the U.S. economy depends. McCain is willing to put partisan differences and his presidential ambitions aside for the moment and do what's right for the country.


Obama thinks what's right for the country is to elect him, period. This is, after all, the man who declared that his selection as the Democratic presidential nominee will be remembered as "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal" and who assured his devotees: "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."


Barack Obama has what can only be described as a Messianic vision of his own powers. It is beyond hubris; it verges on delusional. Before securing the Democratic nomination, Obama's single biggest achievement was to win his Senate seat by beating a perennially losing candidate and carpetbagger from Maryland.


Since his election to the Senate, Obama has produced scant legislative accomplishments. He's lent his name to largely non-controversial bills — like the Lugar-Obama initiative to destroy stockpiles of heavy conventional weapons that might end up in the hands of terrorists and promote nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction — but he hasn't engaged in the nitty-gritty of forging difficult legislation with bipartisan support.


McCain, on the other hand, is consistently rated by his fellow senators and outside groups as one of the Senate's most effective members. He's tackled thorny issues from campaign finance and immigration reform to overcoming gridlock on judicial nominations — all with bipartisan support. And, unlike Obama, McCain doesn't just put his name on an effort and show up for photo ops, he involves himself in the actual drafting of proposals and participates in negotiations that achieve real results.


McCain is a risk-taker. When he supported sending additional troops to Iraq for the so-called surge, public support for the war was at its lowest point and the military situation in the country looked dire. But, he said that he would rather lose an election than lose a war.


Obama thinks the election is the only war that counts, and he aims to win it. As for risk-taking, he'll do nothing that he thinks might stop his juggernaut from capturing the White House, which is why he insisted that Friday's first presidential debate go on as scheduled, financial crisis be damned. If Obama had agreed to McCain's proposal to hold 10 town hall meetings, then Friday's debate could easily have been postponed while both men stayed where they belonged, in Washington. Instead, Obama made it clear that he would be in Oxford, Miss., and McCain had no choice but to return to the campaign trail.


These two candidates have been campaigning for months, but the American people have never had a clearer look into what drives them than they had this week. One man's ambition is to become president. The other man's ambition is to get things done.


In the vagaries of a presidential election, it is never possible to predict how voters will react to events. But character often trumps party affiliation or even specific policy concerns when it comes to determining which candidate will prevail. And when it comes to character, John McCain once again proved this week that he has the edge.

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JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)

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