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 July 30, 2009 / 9 Menachem Av 5769

Palin's Poll Numbers Falling! But What About Obama's?!

By Larry Elder

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Stop the presses (or the tweets)! Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's numbers are falling! Why not concern ourselves with that as 2012 nears. What about Obama's numbers right now? They are tanking — big-time. A recent "news" article stated, "While the president remains personally popular …"

Is he?

Certainly the Gallup Poll — the go-to polls for most cable news shows — put Obama's "favorability ratings" among "adults" fairly high. There is, however, another prominent and respected polling firm: the Rasmussen Reports.

Look at CNN, the organization that markets itself as real, nonpartisan news. In a recent three-month period, there were 26 instances in which a CNN newscast used the words "Obama" and "approval" and "Gallup." But the words "Obama" and "approval" and "Rasmussen" appeared in only one CNN news show.

What's the diff?


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Gallup samples "adults." This includes people, especially the young and mostly liberal, who feel strongly about lots of things — until it's time to show up and vote. Rasmussen, on the other hand, samples "likely voters" — the folks the politicians give a rip about. They vote them in

office or throw them out. Numbers go up and down. But next year — a semi-eternity in politics — the entire House goes up for re-election, as does a third of the Senate. As we approach this first referendum on Obama, politicians, if not CNN, pay attention to the "likelies."

How are the likelies liking him now?

Likely voters now put Obama at less than 50 percent, below the 53 percent who voted for him in November. Of his performance, 29 percent say they "strongly approve." But 39 percent say they "strongly disapprove." That's a minus 10. It's down a tick from a recent minus 11-point gap — the worst ever for Obama. A president's ability to push through his agenda turns on whether congresspersons back him. And they back him when they expect the voters to back them .

The President recently gave a health care-dominated press conference, leaving many more confused than before: Who pays? How much? What about the threat to quality? How can people "keep their coverage if they're happy with it" if their employer dumps the plan in favor of a (initially) cheaper government alternative? Direct and indirect references to the Bush administration were frequent, always a winner in focus groups. Meanwhile, Obama flies around the country pressuring Congress to meet his ever-shifting self-imposed deadline to "get health care done."

"Likely voters" fear a complete government takeover of the half of health care not already run (and dramatically under-funded) by government. They don't buy Obama's argument that to rescue the economy, we must, you know, spend more so that, well, we ultimately spend less. They dislike government running, bailing out and/or taking ownership stakes of financial firms and car companies. They loathe rewarding failure by giving taxpayer money to those who made the bad decisions that wrecked their companies. They think global warming, if not a crock, is at most low-priority — especially if an anti-global warming tax costs jobs and raises prices.

People worry about a government that runs annual deficits that add to a mounting national debt; that fails to secure our borders or to track and deport those who enter legally but overstay their visas; that can't locate 300,000 illegals under deportation orders for crimes, including murder and attempted murder ; and that operates government schools, which produce students who test poorly when measured against our Asian and European counterparts.

And Obama wants it to run something as complicated as health care?

If Obama is lucky, the health care push ends up with mostly cosmetic changes or, even better, falls through altogether. Ditto for a second "stimulus" package.

Former President Bill Clinton brags about his "successful" presidency as regards the economy, jobs and a balanced budget. But the Republican Congress stopped him from doing damaging stuff — the proposed multibillion-dollar economic "stimulus" and HillaryCare — and pressured him into doing positive things, such as NAFTA, welfare reform and cutting capital gains taxes. Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich helped force a shutdown in government, resulting in a much smaller budget than Clinton intended.

Obama's in trouble because of his policies. Seventy-six percent of likely voters describe him as "liberal," and 48 percent call him "very liberal" — up 20 points from when he was elected. Forty percent of American adults, says Gallup, call themselves conservative, up from 37 percent in 2008. Thirty-nine percent consider themselves more conservative today than a few years ago, while only 18 percent say they are now more liberal. Even among Democrats, 34 percent say they are now more conservative, versus 23 percent who say they are more liberal.

Obama's "change" consists of taxing, spending, borrowing and printing money. Yes, the bad news is that Bush — and his fellow Republicans — failed to abide by their stated fiscal principles. The really bad news is that Obama — and nearly all of the Democrats in Congress — want to abide by theirs.

Only by "failing" can Obama succeed. Keep your eye on the "likelies."

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