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 Nov. 6, 2009 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Blueprint for GOP Victories

By Linda Chavez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Democrats are having a hard time explaining away their big losses on Tuesday. First, the White House let it be known that President Obama wasn't actually watching election returns, choosing instead to tune into HBO's puerile documentary about his own presidential campaign. Talk about ego; the man just can't get enough of himself.

By evening's end, Democratic lawmakers and pundits were already taking to the airwaves to proclaim the importance of their win in one upstate New York congressional district — one in which the Republican candidate dropped out just three days before the election and a virtual unknown Conservative Party candidate managed to win 45 percent of the vote. Never mind Democrats' losses in New Jersey, where a sitting Democratic governor outspent his opponent by three to one, or Virginia, where Republicans not only took all three statewide races by double-digit margins but ousted Democrat incumbents in state legislative races as well.

Any way you look at it, Democrats had an awful night, which should cause all of them, including President Obama, deep concern. Clearly a great many voters are having second thoughts about the direction Democrats have chosen.

If last year's election signaled Americans wanted a change from the direction in which Republicans had taken the country, then Tuesday's election suggests that voters think Democrats swerved too far left and it's now time for another course correction. They fear Democrats have pushed bigger government, higher spending and taxes, and mounting debt, at the very time that Americans are tightening their own belts and trying to pay down their personal debts.

But as impressive as the GOP wins were, Republicans can't afford to get cocky. One thing came through loud and clear Election Day: Voters' No. 1 concern remains the economy. That doesn't mean Republicans shouldn't stick to principles on social issues. But it does mean that if they want to win back Independents, they'd be wise to focus their campaigns on issues that unite, not divide — or worse, alienate — likely allies.

Governor-elect Bob McDonnell did that well in Virginia. He is as conservative as they come on social issues, but he chose not to make them the core of his campaign message, instead focusing on Virginia's growing tax burden. The irony was that the Washington Post tried its best to paint McDonnell as a right-wing kook in front-page articles and myriad editorials, but the attacks never stuck because McDonnell wisely chose to stay on message.

Much can happen between now and next year's congressional election. The economy could improve; but given Democrats' plans to expand government services and raise taxes to pay for them, it's unlikely we'll see a quick rebound in jobs anytime soon. What the Republicans need now is a coherent message to the American people — and some messengers capable of delivering it in an appealing way.

Many of the voters the GOP lost in 2006 and 2008 realized that Republicans from President Bush to members of Congress were fiscally irresponsible. They were no better at reigning in government spending than the Democrats. Discretionary spending in the Bush years actually went up faster than in the Clinton years, according to a study by George Mason University economist Veronique de Rugy. And Congressional pork spiked in 2005 when Republicans were still in control, with almost 14,000 pork-barrel earmarks included in legislation that year.

Some of those spending increases were due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and homeland security at home — but discretionary domestic spending also went up nearly 21 percent in Bush's first term. By contrast, such spending went down by almost 10 percent in President Reagan's first term and remained nearly flat in his second term.

But Bush's profligate spending is nothing compared to what the Democrats are doing now and hope to do in the future. If Republicans stick to reminding Americans that the Democrats' unprecedented spending spree will result in higher taxes and fewer jobs, they will make big gains in 2010.

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