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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 Feb. 20, 2009 / 26 Shevat 5769

Obama Is High in Polls, But Issues Like Mortgage and Auto Crises Help Republicans

By Michael Barone

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some interesting results from pollster Scott Rasmussen.

On the one hand, job approval of Barack Obama continues to be high: most recently 60 percent approve and 39 percent disapprove. Since his inauguration, his approval numbers has fluttered within a narrow range, from 59 percent to 63 percent, in Rasmussen's daily polling. His disapproval numbers have risen, from 29 percent on January 22 and 23, up to a range of 37 percent-39 percent starting February 7. I think that's to be expected: Republicans were less inclined to express disapproval in the afterglow of the inauguration and, as time went on and partisan differences began to be aired, more inclined to do so later. Obama might have kept those numbers low by a more bipartisan approach on the stimulus package, but sooner or later they were likely to go up.

Long-term implication: We can expect a solid majority of the public to continue to approve of the new president's performance

On the other hand, we see that the public is at odds with Obama and his party on several issues which are in the spotlight now or are likely to be in the months ahead.

Rasmussen finds that 60 percent of Americans believe that finding new energy sources is more important than reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume, while only 32 percent believe the opposite. And 51 percent believe that more nuclear plants should be built in the United States, while 31 percent disagree. Some 45 percent believe that global warming is caused primarily by long-term planetary effects, while 38 percent believe that human activity is to blame. Anthropogenetic global warming may be the consensus view of the elite (including corporate leaders who are scrambling to make money off cap-and-trade systems), but there is no such consensus among the public. Rather to the contrary; most Americans think the media is portraying global warming as worse than it is.

Similarly, as Obama unveiled his mortgage refinancing plan, 45 percent of Americans oppose government subsidization of home mortgage payments, while 38 percent favor it.

By a 57 percent to 38 percent margin, Americans believe that it's likely that General Motors and Chrysler will go out of business in the next few years. Also, 44 percent believe it's better for companies like General Motors go out of business rather than have government subsidize them, while 33 percent disagree. And 64 percent are opposed to any more government loans to General Motors and Chrysler, while 24 percent favor them.

Long-term implication: To the extent that these issues remain in the spotlight, they have the potential to erode Obama ' s support or support for Democratic candidates. In my view, it is Democratic candidates who are the more vulnerable, and the damage is already showing up in response to the generic vote question-which party's candidates for Congress do you favor?

Rasmussen's most recent poll finds Democrats ahead of Republicans by just 41 percent-39 percent. There's a big split here between investors (Republican 44 percent-36 percent) and non-investors (Democratic 50 percent-30 percent). Last week Rasmussen reported the Democratic edge on the generic vote as just 40 percent-39 percent, which I called "astonishing." This week's nearly identical result suggests that this is not just statistical noise, but something real. Rasmussen notes that over the past year, Democrats have received between 40 percent and 50 percent on the generic vote question, while Republicans have received between 34 percent and 41 percent. Which is to say, that Democrats are now at the low end of their range, while Republicans are near the high end of theirs. In the 1990s and the early years of this decade, Republicans tended to outperform their generic vote percentages in actual elections; that seemed not to be the case in 2006 and 2008.

Long-term implication: Even if Obama continues to enjoy approval ratings well above 50 percent over the next 21 months, Democratic candidates could be on weaker ground in the 2009 and 2010 elections than they were in 2006 or 2008. Which suggests that Democrats should try to run on Obama's coattails, while Republicans should run against congressional (or state) Democrats rather than against Obama. Democrats will hope that the goodwill toward the president will kindle the enthusiasm that brought so many young and black voters to the polls in 2008. Republicans will hope that voters' tendency to oppose statist policies will depress turnout among Democrats and convert some of those who voted against Republicans in 2006 and 2008 to vote for them in these new political circumstances.

There has been much speculation that we may be reaching an inflection point in opinion on the balance between government and markets. One inflection point came in the 1930s, when Americans came to mistrust markets and trust government; another came in the 1970s, when Americans came to mistrust government and trust markets. The financial crisis and recession we have been passing through has many believing that we're reaching an inflection point like the 1930s, the reversal of the inflection point of the 1970s. The results I've cited on energy, mortgage relief and the GM and Chrysler bailouts suggest we're not there yet.

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