Five Best Wednesday Columns

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Mitt Romney in USA Today on recovery instead of dependency "Efforts that promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency make America strong," the Republican candidate for president writes. "My course for the American economy will encourage private investment and personal freedom. Instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty."

Ross Douthat in The New York Times on what Romney's gaffe says about us Romney's gaffe says less about him and more about the rich people he was catering to, not unlike a similar Obama gaffe from 2008 where Obama characterized the working class as "bitter" to a group of Democrat elite. "Both groups of donors seem to be haunted by dystopian scenarios in which the masses rise up and tear down everything the upper class has built."

David Rothkopf in Foreign Policy on the myth of the Israel lobby Benjamin Netanyahu and the Romney campaign both seem to think Israel has more power than it does for the American electorate. Last week, Hillary Clinton rejected red lines, sending a message that they would not be bullied. The administration held its ground because it knew what Netanyahu did not: "American Jews do not vote as a monolith, they don't vote Israel's interests first, they don't like foreign leaders trying to meddle in U.S. elections"

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Andy Kessler in Wall Street Journal on innovation economics It shouldn't be called supply-side economics. Kessler advocates "i-side economics—for investment and innovation and individual incentive—rather than g-side economics, as in 'what has the government given me lately?'" Using the example of Henry Ford and the Model T, Kessler argues that raising wages is the effect of a good economy, not the cause of it.

Dana Milbank in The Washington Post on why journalists should go easy on Romney The argument for going easy on Romney? Journalism jobs. While Romney has gaffes galore, Obama speaks "grammatically, in fully formed paragraphs." "At these times of declining revenue, we in the media need to stay true to our core interests," Milbank writes. "As the old saying goes, we should 'vote the story.' And the better story in this election is clearly President Romney."

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