Mr. Romney, You did us Proud

November 8, 2012 5:44 pm 29 comments

Mitt Romney delivers a Rosh Hashana message. Photo: Screenshot.

By now the dust has settled on the Presidential election of 2012. I am left feeling like someone who has witnessed a young person reject a solid, intelligent, committed, attractive, principled and deeply committed suitor in favor of someone younger, shinier, and newer, who is in all likelihood a far less suitable match.

Ultimately, the people made their choice, and maybe in some global way that is beyond me, it was the right one. But I doubt it. My most pressing objection to Obama, which I wrote about, concerns Israel. I have little doubt that, despite what turned out to be a fairly effective propaganda campaign to convince Jewish voters that Obama really adores Israel, in any substantive way, Israel’s on its own. This is not the first time in history that’s been so. But it was unnecessary that it be so, and to the extent that times continue to be extremely precarious for Israel, Jewish-Americans in particular may come to regret their support for Obama.

Then there’s the issue of the U.S. economy. Under the leadership of this President, the country is living way beyond its means. When individuals, groups, or institutions stubbornly and consistently live beyond their means, eventually either there’s a total collapse, or someone has to pay with interest. And that will probably be our children. Playwright David Mamet explained it here.

The country will survive four more years. If, however, the sweeping changes Mr. Obama and his supporters seek to impose take us permanently in a socialist direction, we shouldn’t kid ourselves. More entitlements will not eradicate poverty or provide more opportunity; to the contrary, the capitalist engine which drives the U.S. economy has provided more prosperity and opportunity to more people than any system in the world. A more socialistic tax structure will place a huge drag on that engine.

The self-reliance that drove our Founding Fathers and that the Puritans championed, and that was embraced by many  generations of hard-scrabble, enterprising immigrants, has been unique in the history of the world.  These people didn’t immigrate with dreams of obtaining “services,” and hoped for nothing from government but protection of their basic rights to work and be free. But again, they were unique. When one speaks with people, including decent, reasonably hardworking, if not especially entrepreneurial, people from other countries, they speak often of the “services” their government provides, or being “looked after” by government. Maybe in some ways, it is like being serfs in times of old; beholden to a king or noble class, in some sense enslaved, yet protected. Let’s face it, that is the way the world worked for thousands of years and many people may find that type of system more comfortable than a capitalist economy.

Maybe for some, it’s a decent tradeoff. Less opportunity and liberty in exchange for more security and equality. After all, freedom includes freedom to fail (with the guarantee, in the U.S., of only a limited safety net). That is perhaps too uncertain, too frightening for some people in our cossetted modern world.

There’s something sad, though, about the possibility that America’s ethos may be subtly changing, from a country where one is expected to provide for oneself and one’s family, to one in which we are all a little tamer, a little more timid and less creative, in exchange for government guarantee of employment, health benefits, being looked after in our old age by government, etc. If such benefits could really come at no cost to our liberty or prosperity that would be delightful.

But there is no utopia on this earth. Once we become more dependent on government, government gets more of a say over our lives, even if only in subtle ways. There is no free lunch or free healthcare or free birth control. If someone else is paying for you, that someone has a say. If it’s a collective, then the collective has an influence over your life. From a purely humanitarian perspective, though, perhaps universal health coverage will be an improvement for some, though the overall quality of medical care will diminish. It will be, like most things in life, a tradeoff.

Mitt Romney is not an ideologue. He had brought universal healthcare to Massachusetts as governor, and was not opposed to government healthcare but willing to let the states handle this issue rather than create a massive federal bureaucracy. In his life, he helped build a business that bolstered and financed many others and, in so doing, created opportunities for tens of thousands. Some of the work he did involved downsizing companies, and sometimes people lost their jobs as a result. But that is part of a free system.

He offered a vision for the country to get back on its feet financially, by encouraging businesses to grow and prosper. I’m mildly shocked that Americans rejected this vision from someone with a proven track record of great success in building prosperity – starting with his own – in exchange for the already failed vision of someone whose entire career has centered around government. Do the American people believe that Obama will create more opportunities for them? Sadly, it seems that Obama’s team was effective at playing on people’s feelings of resentment (Romney is the rich white corporate raider, he doesn’t care about you, etc.) As Obama himself said in his campaign’s final days, voting is the best “revenge.”

Indeed, throughout, Obama’s team attacked Romney on a personal level–for his work at Bain Capital, for instance, by suggesting that there was something inherently dishonorable about capitalism. They dredged up obscure stories from this decent man’s past–about the dog on the car roof, for instance–and repeated them out of context.

In contrast, there was nothing personal directed at Obama from Romney, who was a class act till the end.

So the voters had their “revenge.” But here’s the problem: acting on feelings of resentment and jealousy don’t usually get you what you want in life, and tend to work the opposite of the way you want them to. Government can’t build true success for individuals, and those who look to it to do so will be disappointed. Nor does demonizing success–as President Obama and his team did Governor Romney’s–make one successful. They would do far better to inspire others.

For our great country and its people, I hope I am wrong. But I think this will be a Pyrrhic victory for Obama’s supporters.

There is beauty in the people’s choice, if only because he is their choice. Let’s hope that, like Bill Clinton, President Obama has the savvy to tack more toward the center, to incorporate ideas from right and left, rather than clinging to ideas that failed to promote economic growth in his first term.

As for Mr. Romney, as a man with hundreds of millions in the bank, he didn’t need this aggravation. The Obama team took his unsullied, decent life and attacked his success.  Like all politicians, I’m sure he has a healthy ego. But I also sense that the humility Mr. Romney showed in his concession speech reflects his fundamental decency, and I can’t shake the feeling that the American people will regret rejecting him.

Mr Romney had a lot to give, and as far as I can tell, he ran because he believed the country needed his skills.

President Obama’s speaking abilities are legend. But this country desperately needs a turnaround man.

Instead, we’ll probably get four more years of the same.

If we have the luck of Obama.

29 Comments

  • I am embarrased not proud at all
    Republican party failed
    Romney failed
    How blinded can this author be?

    I am so angry at this blindness that
    I have to yell at my wife

    ROMNEY FAILED BECAUSE *HE FAILED
    REPUBLICAN PARTY FAILED BECAUSE *IT FAILED IN ITS CAMPAIGN
    THIS ARTICLE FAILED BECAUSE ITS A GOODYGOODY STORY FOR WHAT DESERVES A WHIPPING

    MY PROOF? sure… obama won even though he failed to improve America in 4 years and the people thought that obama in his failure is better then a chance with romney
    THIS AUTHOR FAILED !!!

  • Braham Finestone

    It doesnt matter one jot who won the popular vote on Tuesday
    Obama has 2 years of horse-trading to get the USA & the rest of the Western world pulled back from driving over the ‘fiscal cliff’ To all you so called clever people – this President is far more of a statesman than his opponent who thinks $$$$$$$ and greed is a way to win – then starve the poor to death.. short memories or what.
    If the USA does go back in to double dip recession is it not the fault of the bankers?
    Personally I fear a GOP administration more likely to be ousted by internal strife. (Too many right-wing predators)

    Hope all you republicans stop crying crocadile tears and forget the quick fixes. As George Osborne said in 2010 – Were all in this together..

    • statesman???!!!
      do you know the meaning of statesman. romney may have made a few mistakes, who hasn’t.?
      he is entitled to be given a chance to do good for his country. what has the last 4 years given you. dont worry about crocodile tears. at the end of the next 4 years, many more will be crying, and it wont be crocodile tears. prayerfully, you wont be in that group.

    • Any woman who supported George Romney had to have taken leave of her senses. DO you know how hard we fought for Roe vs. Wade, are you willing to risk having that overthrown. Nice as they may be look at the Romneys, very Mormon in structure, Ann never worked, she bore five children and became Queen of the household. Not for most of the women of today, we want equality, we want what Obama offers. Unfortunately ROMNEY MAY BE NICE BUT HE IS FROM ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE, NOT TODAY.

  • A LOT OF NOISES AFTER THE EVENT… IT’S OVER …

  • MILINDA RATNASURIYA

    I AM SURPRISED THAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE MIDDLE CLASS WHO WAS AFFECTED BY OBAMA’S SLUGGISH ECONOMY VOTING FOR HIM AGAIN !!! REPUBLICANS ARE ALSO HAS TO BE BLAMED PARTLY FOR THIS. WHEN THEY ONLY THINK OF THE BIG BUSINESSES AND ABOUT GIVING TAX BREAKS TO THE SUPER RICH BUT IGNORING THE NEEDS OF THE POOR AND THE MIDDLE CLASS THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS !!! WHAT I CAN’T UNDERSTAND IS WHY DO THE AMERICAN JEWS STILL IDENTIFY THEM WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY !!! I KNOW REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS ONE TIME WAS CONSIDERED VERY ANTI-JEWISH AND ANTI MINORITY !!! BUT DURING THE LAST FEW YEARS THE REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE A LOT OF OUT REACH TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY. AND THE EVANGELICAL REPUBLICANS HAVE FOUGHT FOR JEWS AND ISRAEL !!! BUT STILL MOST OF THE AMERICAN JEWS STILL VOTE DEMOCRAT !!! THIS I CAN’T UNDERSTAND.

    • Melinda-

      Over the past few years Jews have placed more and more of Israel’s security into the hands od Evangelical Christian supporters of Israel. But one has to remember the case of Joe Straus
      Joe Straus a Texas Republican Jew was elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Evangelical Christian Republican legislators were against having a Jew in this position.Far more were against Straus than the final tally. All those against Straus because he is Jewish were also outspoken supporters of Israel
      http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/01/11/2742509/straus-reelected-speaker-notes-attacks-on-faith
      There is a difference between Israel and the Jews -many Evangelical believe in a Jewless Israel..for them their faith tells them of the “NEW Israel” where all are believers in the Lord Jwsus Christ-NO JEWS ..PERIOD
      So yes they can say they support Israel-But whose Israel ??

  • Lawrence Kulak

    So nice to see a young woman with refreshing true values. And how rare it is today! G-d bless you Heather.

  • Wow. You said it all. What a terrible disappointment to see revenge and resentment win out over self-reliance. Negativity over positive spirit. Too bad our “hope” has to now ride on Obama’s tendency to good luck—to keep us from traveling the same path as Greece and Spain.

  • Say what you will about (or against) Romney. His record is proof of what he has done. Can you say anything better of Obama? What has his record shown?

    In the end, an election is always a choice of the better of two alternatives. It’s never a question of how good or bad either one is; it’s only a comparison, a question of which one is better.

    On that basis, it was an easy choice. Obama did not compare to Romney in any respect and certainly not in the most important respect — a record of legitimate accomplishment.

    America elected a zero.

    • So Howard what has he done ?? We know he can flip-flop,do somersaults,and turn and do a jackknife dive.
      He answered no questions about his plans..screwed up an overseas trip. When asked about his Mormon faith he reverted to telling anecdotes about his life as a Mormon-relating stories that are common to all faiths about community caring..Islam Bahai -even Judaism.He did not speak of the Book of Mormon and its racist treatment of those considered non-White..Nor did he answer,nor was asked,questions in the book 1Nahum in the Book of Mormon which denigrates and disparages Jews.
      He talks about the Olympics – in the quasi-Mormon Kingdom of Utah every part of the economic and social infrastructure is ties official or unofficially (through the social networks) to the Church.Sort of like Japan Incorporated..or the Whole State apparatus in Red China ..it is a monolithic environment in which to do business.Anything that will reflect positively on the Churh has the full weight of the Church behind it- no arguments -to controversies allowed.
      His turn as Governor was mediocre to fair

  • Fredric M. London

    Spoken like a true right-wing pseudo-capitalist worshiper. In the 1960s, when GENUINE liberal Democrats held the rains of government, the gap between the wealthy and the poor became the lowest in US history. To hear you tell it, that is an abomination. In an economy in which all people live with a decent standard of living, businesses thrive, because there are more consumers willing and able to purchase their products and services. Johnson left office with a surplus. The rich did not suffer. They did not have such obscene amounts of wealth, for the most part, but none of their estates went begging, none of their children suffered from deprivation, and investment in business soared. The stock market was healthy and steady. In fact, history shows that the stock market ALWAYS does better under Democratic administrations.

    I say pseudo-capitalist, because a true capitalist believes in competition, resulting in an efficient economy in which those businesses which serve their customers survive, and those that do not fail. There is absolutely nothing of the sort in the US today. Businesses are larger then ever, and totally insulated from their customers or governments. How else do you describe a meat industry which makes cattle eat their own feces, and then allows that feces into the meat sold?

    When you talk about a society which is not beholden to government largess, what about the huge amount of corporate welfare that encourages businesses to lie in order to make their companies look healthier, and outsource jobs? A corporation is not a person, and it is only the venal right-wingers who contend that they are.

    If you have such a problem with fair income tax laws, why not eliminate the income tax altogether? When it was instituted nearly 100 years ago, it was created as a progressive tax, along the common sense perception that those who can afford it pay the most, while those who can least afford it pay less. Now it is still a progressive tax, it is just the inverse of what I just wrote. Romney is proud to pay 14% on his millions, while the average worker pays more than twice that percentage. How can anyone with intelligence call that fair? And when Romney talked about limiting exemptions, which were the most prominent? mortgage deductions and charity deductions. Yes, these help the wealthy. But, it is the middle class who need the mortgage deduction, to the wealthy it is a nice break.

    The right wing has always been about the big lie. That is still true. Republican policies of today, are greedy, cynical, and self-serving in robbing from the poor to pay the rich. As a result, many of us are unemployed, many people do not have health insurance, many of us are struggling mightily, and the Republicans would like to see this continue. These policies created the Great Depression, and the current depression, which we are still enjoying. Obama has not done a great job in ending this depression, but, if the Bush policies had continued, 1932 would have been just a year or two away.

    It is easy, and good for sound bites, to hearken back to the good old days when people worked, earned, and looked after themselves and their loved ones. That is not how society works now, anywhere. The fact is, those ‘good old days’ created billionaires and paupers. If you had a handicap, you could only hope to have family who could look after you. Many of the stresses, which have grown astronomically as our world has become more complicated, lead to illness, both physical and mental. In the ‘old days’ these would lead to such people being put in medieval asylums or left to die.

    Judaism has a long and strong history of looking after the less fortunate. A core aspect of belief was to be ones’ brother’s keeper. Further, the optimum was to help someone anonymously, so that person did not have to feel like a charity case. How does such selfishness, glorified by this editorial, ever work with this heritage.

    Corporations themselves are run by managers. Not by stockholders, but managers, who own little if any stock in their companies. They act totally towards their own self-interest, and not in the interests of the companies they direct. Loyalty to employees is irrelevant (unless they are of the upper management cohort). No matter how poorly the company does, these managers make fortunes, receive annual bonuses which could support small countries, and are never held accountable. Who could hold them accountable? Stockholders of course. But the majority stockholders are usually mutual funds, run by the same kinds of managers. As voting is based on shares, not people, it is impossible to change the managers. A perfect example is GM. It went under, but was resurrected. On what terms? The managers, those who got GM into its situation, kept their jobs, huge salaries, golden parachutes, and private jets. So who paid? The stockholders. The courts were happy to rule a taking, stripping those mostly innocent owners of their assets, while allowing the company to continue. This is capitalism?

    American managers are notoriously short sighted. It is how Japan was able to assume the lead in cars, electronics, and many other industries. Where were American managers while this occurred? Busy driving their companies into oblivion (behind the wheels of Mercedes, Rolls, BMWs, Lexus). Go for the quick fix success (or obfuscate their failures behind what looks like success), and forget the future.

    One of the best examples of this is healthcare. Deny people healthcare, and, when they get sick, what do they do? They keep it to themselves. So, a minor ailment, which could have been treated by relatively inexpensive means, grows until it lands people in the ER. The ER is the most expensive way to treat a problem. Short term attitude. (Of course, if you are among the barbarians who cheered wildly when asked if someone without health insurance should be allowed to die, you would kick these people out of emergency rooms, scoop them off the sidewalk when they die, and put them in Crematoriums.)

    I do not like Obama. I think he is very anti-Jewish, and he hates Israel. I am sure he will escalate his Jew hating appointments, increase his appointments of terrorists to represent the US, totally emasculate those charged with looking after US security, and put more and more distance between the US and Israel; all while providing aid and comfort to almost every terrorist on earth. He is also a very ineffective president, as observed intelligently by Bob Woodward. But, that does not make Romney a good choice at all.

  • Are you proud of a man who flip-flopped on virtually every important issue – contraception, gun control, climate change, gay rights, health care, yes, even the “red line” that Netanyahu wanted the United States to draw with Iran. Is it the mark of a decent man to continue telling falsehoods about Chrysler’s sending Ohio jobs to China even after Chrysler repeatedly stated that there was no basis to his claims?

  • I apologize for the inevitable typos in commentary. It should of course be Romney and there are other mistakes. We don’t normally have editors in writing commentary, which I do, because I am passionate about what I believe, too. And belief, is a word, that can be split aurally into be leaf, and I am saying, to turn a new leaf in a new chapter, in this country, as in a New Year, might be to approach this election without the ussual bad feeling. We all lose, when this happens, and we can all work together, to make for a better world. If not now, then, When? We’re moving towards 2020 which does mean, Perfect Vision? whose perfect vision? what kind of world do we really want? Do we want to continue to have massive pollution, dirty water, poverty around the world, children dying of malnutrition and disease, no potable water in parts of the world, the removal of tops of mountains and the pretense we can rebuild what was. When you can make a grasshopper. let me know, because we need everything that lives and breathes on this planet and what is happening is the wanton destruction of our very environment. So yes, I wrote more than I intended, and I can be published or not, for being passionate, for carrying my own, Olympic flame.

  • Prof Asher J Matathias

    Such effusive praise for someone living without a core, principles, and character do you no proud. Please, before you attempt to whitewash a dismal campaign, and pontificate, take my course in American Government. Learn of the transformative Presidents of whom the occupant is one, and begin to appreciate, after reading it, the Preamble to our Constitution; you know, about the common welfare, how we live in an American village, and extending health care to 31 million uninsured is a mighty part of it! More, it is a deeply Jewish precept, something Romney, a religious man, should have been aware! Consider being part of the 47 percent not being represented by my nominal Party’s standard-bearer; it deserved this rebuke, the better to become the mainstream organization that chased women, immigrants, Latinos, even Jews from its circle. Spoken like the Proust Obamacan who I am (Republucans for Obama)!

  • Walking the balance beam:

    Taking a stand: Some are doing handstands, and feel very happy Obama and not Romney was elected. Many feel just the opposite about Romney who made many statements that seemed totally off the wall, in terms of human rights And women’s rights. And the rights of those with different sexual persuasions. It’s really all about where a particular person is standing, that has everything to do with the politics of discourse and argument.

    . Also I would say, in terms of the environment. I understood, Romeny’s stance was to take our National Wilderness areas, and reconfigure them to drill for oil, to dismantle the EPA and its protections in favor of business and energy interests. There are many ways to whitewash and it feels to me, like the whole story, is rather biased. Good and bad exist on all sides, and nobody is perfect because there is no such thing. I was witness to so much denigration of Obama during his Presidency, including getting pictures of Obama wearing a Hitler moustache from the “other side”, so I am a little suspicious when I hear that Romeny was the perfect gentleman or his supporters, in terms of race and this race.

    I think it’s important to reach middle ground, and it’s important to dialogue on many issues, because in going to the extremes on anything, we do seek middle ground, as in what is called balance, and if the balance of votes went to Obama, many were left beaming, including many Israelis I know. It’s not the one thing, or the other. Life tends to be not black, nor white, and so it is, we have a president some would say, is both. And I for one, hope the next years are about Promise and not the margarine kind, but the real thing.

    Yes, we need to change the way we do business, and I think, there’s so much more we can ALL do, together, without this divisiveness so polarizing and paralyzing. As to social programs, I would say, we all partake of these benefits, and that does include Republicans. When you’re down, you suddenly are very aware of life’s inequities, and also that it’s not a bad thing, to have a history, a proud history, in this country, of Social Action and Social Concern. I would say it’s not a sign of weakness but a strenght. When I look at a country, I want to know, how does it take care of its poor, its hungry, its elderly citizens, and its sick. For me, that’s the measure that counts, and we Jews used to call this, if I recall correctly Tikkun Olam.

    I am so proud of Social Work of all kinds. Of non profits that strive to make a difference, and of the hard work that goes into making this a better place for many, as not all, are of the pull yourself up by your bootstraps mentality. I personally know nobody, who doesn’t want to work passionately for causes that do engage them, that do totally engage them when it comes to the meaning of life which has at its core, taking care of each other.

  • The democrats do NOT have the mandate, as they claim. The fact remains that they one by one million, but this only means two things. First, that they scared enough of the people to vote for Obama, because who knows what Romney would do and second, they fooled the ladies into thinking that Romney hates them. In other words, the democrats won this election with lies and buba maasos. Most people are not with President Obama and of hje doesn’t believe it, wait for the next elections in two years where he will lose more democrats.

    • Sorry, you feel one way, but that’s not entirely the ONLY way, and it feels to me, that maybe a rabbi would be harsh, less abrasive in making statements about Obama.

      There are many rabbis who do support Obama, and seventy per cent, according to one reliable poll, of Jews, voted for Obama.

      If those Kabbalists had “won” would you have said they had, and you have, G_d on your side?

      So maybe the facts get skewed depending a LOT on which side of the fence one is standing.

      I am not on the fence, when it comes, to Romney, and I am with many others who feel the same way, And nobody says, everything about any candidate is perfect. What is, perfect?

      And when in office, is there anyone who doesn’t give up a lot, for the sake of this thing we call being in the public view. Privacy goes out the window, and does become PRY vacy and many do take pot shots at those in power all the time, regardless of party. It’s not an easy job, to please all of the people, even, some of the time. And I have had my issues with Obama, He never pardoned a very important person, a Native American, who has always stoof for human rights, and yes, there are terrible inequities ad problems with justice, in our country, but all the same, I do support Obama, and feel we need to move into the future, thinking in positives, and not with negativity. As in this commentary.

    • Reb -Don’t be silly And your comment “fooled the ladies” shows a sexist bias..As if an entire gender could be fooled ..and you belittle the intelligence of women

  • A decent tribute to a decent man. If only those who voted for Obama were the only ones to pay the price for their disastrous choice, which consequences will now be visited on all of us and on our children and grandchildren. Countless numbers of us will pay for the awful choice made by approximately half of those who voted.

    There was great wisdom in the older system of voting when the right to vote was restricted to those who owned property. Perhaps, we should return to a system of voting restricted to those who pay income taxes. And, as long as income tax is progressive, perhaps, the number of votes one gets should be proportional to the amount of tax one pays.

    We hear no end of wails of equality from the Left like equal work for equal pay (as if there were such a thing as equal work in most employments); Equal this and equal that, ad nauseum.

    Why should those who pay little or no taxes (or the preposterous “negative” income tax) have as much to say about how the money of others is spent as do those who pay millions in taxes?

    You want equality in voting? Why not “Equal Say (vote) for Equal Pay (tax)?” If we are ever to stop ourselves from bleeding to death because of entitlements, we cannot allow the recipients to choose our leaders.

    • Perhaps Howard you should ask those poor S-o-Bs who have died since the 1700s giving you the opportunity to voice this opinion-most were too poor to ever have paid taxes and few owned property outright
      It is undemocratic elitists such as yourself that give freedom and democracy a bad name.

  • Norton Mezvinsky

    Heather Robinson’s negative remarks about President Obama are so wrong and misguided that they are not even worth refuting specifically.

    Norton Mezvinsky

  • Thank you Heather,
    What a wonderful article you wrote.
    I’m very upset by the results of the election. I do not think our people made a right choice.
    Governor Romney is a doer not a talker and this is what a country needs the most now. I’m really scared of Obamacare. Our healthcare system is the best in the world despite some problems, that can be fixed without overturning the whole thing.

    • Irina – I live in rural Georgia the heart of Romney country.Both my wife,who started teaching med school in 1942,and my retired physician daughter have both put a lot of years into the medical field..have seen its evolution and its inequalities.
      From small clinics to major hospitals..rural and urban But it is now the Redneck Republican “Bubba” that has the drivers seat -they don’t want to pay for a universal coverage for all -and yet most of them are uncovered.
      “How do you pay ??!!”….” We walk into the hospital and get care”..They don’t care or think about the fact that in the end we ALL have to pay for them..SPONGES

  • Well said Heather. I’m sad because we will never get to see what type of President Mr. Romney would have made, and my instincts tell me he might have been a great one. Surely he was right for the times and the American people deserved an opportunity to see a real mencsh do his thing.

    Instead we get Obama. The one who supposedly has been so helpful to Israel. And yet when Obama is challenged about his Israeli commitment, this comment from Debka paints a pretty accurate picture of the reality,

    “Whenever he is confronted with this allegation, Obama answers undeniably that he has done more than any American president for Israel’s security and raised US-Israeli military and intelligence cooperation to an unmatched level.

    This cannot be gainsaid, but in the view of DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence experts, it is only one aspect of the general picture: While bolstering Israel militarily, the US president has also bolstered its worst Middle East enemies and enhanced their ability to strike at the foundations of Israel’s national security. The emergence of a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic, which Israel may soon despair of thwarting, would nullify all the military or intelligence assistance the Obama administration has rendered the Jewish state to guarantee its survival.”

  • Jeff Sultanof

    I keep hearing from people that Mitt Romney had a vision. What was that vision? I never heard anything specific from the man. All I know is that he has a lot of money. While listening to him, the impression that I got was from someone who didn’t understand who I was, a middle class man with a child who wants a better life. I did not like his attitude, was disgusted at many of his comments and did not trust that he would support Israel. Ryan scared me even more.

    I also keep hearing that this country is heading toward socialism. If that means that everyone is entitled to healthcare and the system needs to be changed, then I believe that. I don’t want Medicare privatized, something Republicans have been discussing for years. Mr. Romney can well afford a doctor or specialist who costs a lot of money, so what does he care?

    But mainly, I didn’t like his arrogance. I felt like he was the teacher who was telling me that I was all wrong and that he had the answers and we shouldn’t question him. Deep in my gut, I didn’t trust him. That’s why I didn’t vote for him.

  • I think this just propaganda.

    • Darrell McCluskey

      As an essay demonstrating hyperbole, the author has excelled. She has surpassed even her own past efforts. This certainly must deserve a High Distinction.

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    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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