In this issue

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 Dec 20, 2011 / 24 Kislev, 5772

Will Newt lose the neo-cons?

By Ben Wattenberg

Ben Wattenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I came to know former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich when we were Senior Fellows at the American Enterprise Institute. As the Presidential campaign of 2012 developed I sent him some e mails with my views. An early one informed him that he could win the nomination if he took off weight. He wrote back saying he agreed.

Let me give you a sense of how I see things.

The other day he sent me a note suggesting I write a piece about "why neo-conservatives should support Newt." Of course, I can't speak for all Neos; but I am a card-carrying Neo. On the assumption that "Neo-conservative" can be defined, I decided to try.

Items in the Neo-con belief system include reasonable but not far-out domestic liberalism and robust but careful domestic spending. I worked for President Johnson and know how beneficial big spending can be. It changed America much for the better. But spending during the Obama administration has been stratospheric --- much of it due to extraneous events --- needed stimulus spending was the big one. Still, it's been too much and he will be held politically accountable.

The Neos believed in a vigorous national defense but not one to be used capriciously. How does the President fit this mold? Open to question. Obama and Vice President Biden trashed "the surge" in Iraq and said that the whole deal was dead. They've changed their mind. The Iraqis won their war for liberty --- thanks to the U.S.

The Neos believed strongly in civil rights but parted company when left-liberals morphed civil rights into quotas. Also, the neo-conservatives found political correctness distasteful.

The very tough Neo stand on rampant violent crime was rock-solid. Accordingly the Neos couldn't handle all the sociological Officer Krupke liberal softening of it as the years went on. Too many people were getting killed, mugged and robbed.

Other notes I have and will send Newt include plummeting birth and fertility rates around the world, the inherently healthy U.S. economy, the American lock on "soft power" everywhere, and the potency of political liberty in everything we do.

And --- the notion that we should measure how we stand not just by money but by the goods and services we can command. (It's what income sociologists call "The Index of Well-Being.") This puts aside the often hard- to-interpret dollar figures and concentrates on what we have and can command --- more, better and more affordable cars, air-conditioning, dazzling mobile electronics, more living space, and educational opportunities --- to begin a very long list.

Newt and the GOP have baggage, much of it picked up in Righter-than-Thou Republican primaries. There is a sense the Republicans only care about the well-to-do. Recently enunciated immigration policies are harsh (although Gingrich's is softer). But Gingrich's seminal Contract With America made sense. It mostly stayed away from hot wedge issues and stuck to structural reform --- one such, "all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply the Congress." Touche. One of the bills that was promised was "loser pay laws, reasonable limits on punitive damages to stem the endless tide of litigation."

The 2012 Presidential contest will likely be between two parties and two men--- President Obama and Speaker Gingrich. What is likely to happen?

Like Speaker Gingrich, President Obama is surely an historic figure. and not just because he is the first American President of African American descent. But he is much more than that. He has galvanized --- not the 99%, but the 33%, the lower third --- the poor, the under-employed, the less educated, the beginners --- and the over-educated limousine liberals.

How do they match up otherwise? By my lights the President and his political background puts him well on the left of the American political spectrum. His experience as a community organizer has put a political imprint on him. His Senate voting record was to the left. Gingrich has been well to the right --- but not to the far right --- note again his daring view on immigration.

In any event, national leaders --- Obama and Gingrich are the two major ones today --- gravitate toward the political center to win a general election and then govern. But where are their respective centers by the Neo-con criteria laid out today? We will likely find out during televised Presidential debates. How would an Obama-Gingrich contest stack up? Both are quick and articulate. All things being equal --- often they are --- what would be the likely result? All the recent polling evidence shows that a contest between a candidate of the center-left will lose to a candidate of the center-right. In this election, Neo-cons will likely be part of that winning coalition.

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JWR contributor Ben Wattenberg has been a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of 14 books. He has just begun writing The Second American Century from which some of the material here is drawn.

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