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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. 20, 2012/ 5 Tishrei, 5773

Distractions and diversions

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's another video, this one of Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a fundraiser in Boca Raton.

The video was reportedly "leaked" by James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. How appropriate. It apparently was saved for the most politically opportune moment and then published by the liberal Mother Jones Magazine in hopes of causing maximum damage to the Romney campaign. It's all part of the Democrats' attempt to distract attention from the president's failed record.

But the Obama campaign has had to deal with a "leak" of its own recently, namely the release of a 14-year-old audio recording of remarks supposedly made by then-Illinois State Sen. Obama at a conference in Chicago. "...I actually believe in redistribution," he said, "at least at a certain level, to make sure everybody's got a shot." Will this statement derail the president's re-election campaign?

Romney was correct when he told the donors, "Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income taxes." He was also right when he suggested that "...47 percent of the people ... will vote for the president no matter what" and that they "are dependent on government" and "believe that they are victims." Democrats are the party of government and the more people they addict to government the better for Democrats.

Romney refused to back down, but did admit his remarks had not been "elegantly stated." What he said was that a large number of people "...believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." Who could credibly say otherwise when all we hear about are entitlements?



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What Romney might have said was, "My policies will help people get jobs and earn a decent wage while President Obama's policies will cause more people to rely on government than on themselves."

I wonder what's going on behind closed doors at the Obama campaign, that, if recorded and published in a conservative magazine, would cause political damage to the president's re-election prospects? But we don't have to go behind the scenes. There is plenty already in the public arena, much of it ignored by mainstream media.

Wall Street Journal columnist Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote recently: "...it is the president of the United States -- the same one who presented himself as the man who would transcend political partisanship because we were all Americans -- who has for most of his term set about dividing the nation by class, by the stoking of resentments. Who mocks 'millionaires and billionaires.' Who regularly makes it clear that he considers himself the president of the other -- the good -- Americans. How's that for presidential tone?"

Will the same media that plays "gotcha" with Romney, advancing the viewpoint that he is incapable, or unwilling, to connect with "average" Americans, hold the president to the standards he set for himself? The president says he tried to "reach out" to Republicans, but they refused. What they refused to do was give in to big government and his tax-and-spend agenda. This is the way Democrats play the game: if you agree with them and compromise your principles, you are bipartisan. If you stick to your principles, you're a polarizer.

Do the promises Obama made four years ago still matter? They should, especially when he has failed to fulfill most of them. But don't look for the moderators of the upcoming debates to hold him accountable.

Perhaps Romney might reference Vice President Biden's recent remark. Romney, he said, "...thinks the middle class is $200,000 to $250,000. Whoa! Whoa! Don't you all wish you were in that middle class? Whoa!" But isn't that the middle-class threshold used by the president? Is Biden disparaging the middle class?

During the Oct. 3 presidential debate, Romney might also reference a comment the president made last February: "One of the proudest things in my three years in office is helping to restore a sense of respect for America around the world..."

In light of the uprisings that have included the burning of American flags in the Middle East and the murder of Americans in Libya, that's one more broken promise that can be added to a growing list.

With comments like these, there's no need to go behind closed doors. It's all out in the open.


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