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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 9, 2010 / 2 Kislev, 5771

A Freshman, Not a Rookie

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Rep.-elect Bill Huizenga, is a freshman Republican congressman who will assume the seat held for 18 years by Rep. Peter Hoekstra. Their Western Michigan district is mostly Republican, white, and Protestant.

In an interview, I asked Huizenga what he thinks of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's intention to run for minority leader. "I guess we can only hope she wins, because it's going to cement our majority," he says with some delight.

Pelosi's post-election comments indicate she is seeking vindication for health-care legislation, stimulus spending and other bills she and her Democratic congressional colleagues pushed through at warp speed.

Pelosi and President Obama do not see the midterm election results as a referendum on their policies, but rather as a communications failure. Predictably, Huizenga sees it otherwise. "I don't see how anybody can honestly interpret the election and say this was an affirmation of what they've done and that they just didn't get their message out," he says.

Huizenga speaks from experience. When he was a member of the Michigan legislature, Republicans went from minority to majority and Democrats kept the person who had been speaker as minority leader. "It did not help communication at all," he says, "because it sent a lot of signals. The same personality conflicts were in place and probably were heightened. I understand how (Pelosi) can win this; I don't see how someone who is one of the most divisive political leaders in recent times is suddenly going to turn on a dime and lead a parade of bipartisanism."


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Huizenga says what Republicans are proposing has elements of substance and symbolism but that "we need to have both." He says, "We need to send a message to the American people that we get it; we understand what they are going through."

Reforming the health-care law is the top priority for incoming and established Republicans. Huizenga admits that lacking a Senate majority, much less the 60-vote margin needed to pass anything in the Senate, and a president who is unlikely to sign any bill that would dismantle his premiere issue; the law will probably not be quickly repealed. But, he says, "It sets things up for the 2012 presidential election, as well as congressional elections."

The 2010 election has been described as an audition, or probation, for Republican freshmen to prove they meant what they said during the campaign and to demonstrate they are different from the previous Republican majority Congress, which resembled Democrat-lite.

What about social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and gays in the military? Polls show voters have less concern about these issues than the economy, or even terrorism. Huizenga, who is pro-life, says the abortion issue will have to be attacked at the margins for now. He wants to add restrictions on abortion to the health insurance reform law and thinks the old coalition of fiscal and social conservatives that served Ronald Reagan well can be revived.

Having worked in Washington before, Huizenga says he's aware of the disease called "Potomac Fever." How does he intend to inoculate himself against it? By maintaining roots in Western Michigan, he says, and by keeping to a schedule of three days in Washington, four days in his home state.

Has he figured out a way to respond to attacks by Democrats that Republicans only care for the rich? "We have to live our lives in ways that demonstrate compassionate conservatism," he says. Huizenga and his wife are involved in organizations that help the homeless "and other things. My argument is that instead of expecting the federal or state governments to step in and have that as their role, it has to start with me as an individual, my church, my community and I'd better set the example."

Politicians have been setting an example. Unfortunately, for too many, the examples have been bad ones. Perhaps Bill Huizenga, whose background is in small business, will be different. It helps that while he will be a freshman member of Congress, he's not a rookie.


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