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December 2, 2014

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. 10, 2006 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Finding a legacy to ‘grow’ on

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | George W. Bush is free to work on his legacy now, and if he "grows" in office he can expect a lot of help from his enemies. He can return to Prairie Chapel Ranch with his approval rating in the high 50s (and with a lot of inexpensive illegal aliens to keep the swimming pool clean).


Immigration, in fact, is the key to building his legacy. Improving a presidential legacy is a fool's errand, however, since history makes its own judgments, taking no help from manipulators.


Harry Truman, who has become the favorite of Everyman, was no fool. Mr. Truman was immensely unpopular with the fickle masses and might have left Washington astride a rail if he and Miss Bess had not slipped out of town in their old Plymouth first for the drive back to Missouri. Those were simpler days, of course, and presidents left office without the usual advisers, security teams, consultants for the presidential library and other skilled con men. When someone asked Mr. Truman some time later what he had done on arriving back in Independence, he replied: "I took the suitcases up to the attic." An avid reader of history, he was content with letting history — not historians, but actual history — make its judgment of his stewardship of the greatest gift Americans can bestow. The rest, as they say, is history.


Nevertheless, George W., who is not necessarily an avid reader of history, will be tempted to try to mold a legacy of his own making. The war in Iraq is the first obstacle to raising the opinion of the worthies of the mainstream media, the authors of "the first draft of history." Media worthies take their myth-making very, very seriously, rarely taking into account that the first draft is nearly always ultimately recognized as wrong.


To leave town with "honor" as the myth-makers define it is every president's aim. George W. made a down payment on a "good" legacy with his sacking of Donald Rumsfeld. But that's only the beginning. He has to find a way to cut and run from Iraq to satisfy the myth-makers. His old enemies would be willing to call "cut and run" something else, and probably most Americans would be satisfied with leaving the Iraqis to settle their theological arguments with guns, beheading knives, slingshots, pike poles, stones and clubs through whatever rituals of the religion of peace the mullahs dictate.


The president moved into his new groove yesterday, meeting Felipe Calderon, the president-elect of Mexico, to assure him that now he can get the amnesty for the 12 million illegals among us. This was good news for Mr. Calderon, who knows that an amnesty for 12 million will open the way for millions more, assuring the endless waves of easily exploited and easily abused cheap labor coveted by many American employers.


Mr. Calderon arrived in Washington with more than a little chutzpah. He said after his Oval Office meeting that he told Mr. Bush that Mexico is not happy about the fence soon to be built on American turf: "I explained to him our concern and our opinion that it was the wrong measure that would not resolve the problem." Mexico has threatened to take its complaint to the United Nations, and Mr. Calderon did not say whether Mr. Bush used his opportunity to tell the Mexican government that the U.N. has no standing in this dispute, and should butt out. Mr. Bush, who has said some tough things in the past about the importance of respecting American sovereignty, surely told Mr. Calderon where to get off. In a nice way, of course.


But we shouldn't count on it. Mr. Bush seemed more concerned about not hurting Mexican feelings. "I assured the president-elect that the words I said ... about a comprehensive immigration vision are words I still believe strongly," he said afterward. Mr. Bush is still hot for his "guest-worker program," which is White House code for "amnesty." Harry Reid, who will soon be the leader of the Democratic majority, is hot for amnesty, too. "Democrats look forward to working with Republicans to achieve real border security through bipartisan, tough, fair and practical immigration reform."


The White House sees the illegals as an endless supply of cheap labor, the Democrats as an endless supply of reliable Democratic voters. It's win-win for the president searching for a legacy. Getting an amnesty will be proof that he's finally capable of "growing" in office, and that makes possible the legacy his enemies can be proud of.

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