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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 Jan. 11, 2007 / 21 Teves 5767

Impeachment may be only means to rally GOP base

By James Lileks


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Peevish, dissatisfied, weary and dismissive: That's how the conservative base feels about their president. Granted, they think Bush is better than Hillary, whom they believe should be skywriting "Surrender Dorothy" over the Emerald City. But a politician eager to capture the nomination for '08 would do well to ask:


After six years of one-party rule, what does the base have besides some peeling bumper stickers and a few judicial appointments? What consolation do they clutch to their bosom? For the last few years the Republican base wouldn't be surprised to learn that Katrina reconstruction has been contracted to Dubai firms, and Harriet Miers will oversee the work. Could it get worse? Of course.


Take the PR consequences of Iraq. For the GOP, it's become the elephant's graveyard. As long as the war seems to be fought with one eye toward tut-tutting editorials in the French press, the "surge" strategy won't enthuse the base. Instead of having 60 troops forbidden to fire on a mosque that's hiding snipers, now 120 troops will be forbidden! Good luck with that. The base, however, will wait and see, because the alternative is ignominious withdrawal. And that's not scheduled until President Clinton greets the last troop ship under her own "Mission Accomplished" banner.


There's little relief on the domestic front. If there was some grand Rovian scheme to peel off moderate Democrats with pork and candy, it hasn't worked. The federal education budget is up almost 80 percent. The prescription drug plan will cost more than half a trillion dollars over a decade, and Democrats in the last election still ran ads with whimpering seniors who had to sell the house to buy Bufferin.


All the base wants now is the occasional veto. Gosh, he's done it once! He could do it again! The Democrats want Army tanks to be towed by Prius cars to stop global warming? Veto. New taxes? Veto. In the first 100 hours, after all, the new Democratic majority changed the rules to allow a simple majority — emphasis on "simple," at least in terms of economic intelligence — to raise taxes. Of course this has nothing to do with their intentions, just as lowering the age of consent doesn't encourage randy old goats to find child brides.


The brand spankin' new Congress also passed "pay-go," which requires raising taxes or cutting other spending to pay for new initiatives. Note: For many Democrats, this is not the barrier it might seem. A conference committee might propose expanding Head Start down to the fetal level, which would require 100,000 new bilingual ultrasound technicians, which would mean a 2.375 percent surcharge on Tickle Me Elmo dolls, phased in over six years and adjusted for inflation with the total rate capped at 23 percent of the estimated eBay resale price. End result: In 10 years, the ultrasound technicians join the teachers' union; in 30 years the Washington Post runs a story about their underfunded pensions; in 40 years a study proves that fetal education has had no effect whatsoever; come the next election, the Democrats accuse the Republicans of sacrificing the nation's future because they cut the rate of increase in the Fetal Head Start Program by 9 percent.


You could just as well flip the parties, to be fair. It seems the Republicans have more nannies than headmistresses these days. But the GOP is still predictable on taxes, right?


We'll see. There are murmurings that the Bush administration might consider lifting the wage cap on Social Security taxes. (Note to the president: Read your father's lips. No new taxes.) There are suggestions that the Dems might outflank the GOP with crafty renovations of the alternative minimum tax, targeting middle-class entrepreneurs, and stripping away the GOP's disaffected libertarian-leaning voters. Two years of playing possum could set up the Democrats nicely for '08, especially if they huff and puff about spending.


Perhaps the only thing that would salvage the president's tattered reputation with his base would be impeachment proceedings. Worked for Bill Clinton; he couldn't be more loved today. To which the base would grumble: Bush would probably resign to foster a spirit of bipartisanship.


Cynics! Whatever made you lose your faith?

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