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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 Feb 22, 2012/ 29 Shevat, 5772

Political tears for trust in personal empowerment --- except in the bedroom

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama, in wrapping up a fact checker's paradise of a State of the Union speech, said he went along with old Abe Lincoln: "Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more."

That, I guess, is why he wants to give America's richest women free contraception devices at the expense of premium hikes paid by people with incomes a fraction of theirs. It's just one aspect of the birth-control boondoggle that the progressives haven't bothered to mention.

The tears practically roll down their faces as they tell us how abortions will be thwarted and women's health preserved by this government mandate. What they do not say is that Obama's plan robs from the relatively poor (and others) to give to the rich (and others) and was preceded by state and court mandates, by other federal programs and by so many contraceptive freebies from various groups that, if you don't happen to have one, it's because you ran for the woods when they were thrown at you.

I am not saying it is a perfect contraceptive world, whatever that might be. I am sure it isn't. It isn't a perfect world in any respect. I am saying that one thing that makes it immeasurably less perfect is a federal interventionism that has reached a stage of preposterous overreach.

It simply does not matter anymore if something is unnecessary and a waste of money. The deed is done if it meets the following criteria: It violates the Constitution's enumeration of federal powers, it probably won't work, it is duplicative of other efforts, it allows our betters in Washington to further manage our lives and it buys votes.

The possibilities, as you can see, are endless, and the consequence has been debt that is the symbolic equivalent of a stick of dynamite in every home, for starters. The statist enthusiasms have also given us central planning that only occasionally gets things right -- accidents happen -- and regulations sufficient to hold back an otherwise eager economy and take away your right to purchase the light bulbs you like best.

Wrongheaded regulations aren't just billions of dollars thrown to the winds. They are tens of thousands of pages' worth of unjustifiable and sometimes silly infringements on private choice, and if the one restricting the kinds of light bulbs available won't deprive you of the most crucial or basic liberties, others will. That's proved by the fact that the Justice Department has been unable to count the number of federally enacted criminal laws. If you can't count them, you can't know what they are. That means you just might be in jeopardy of imprisonment despite honorable intentions.

This fulmination is brought on by an E. J. Dionne column in The Washington Post. I have met Dionne. He is smart and nice, which doesn't make him politically perceptive. In this column, he rambles on about Republican hypocrisy, wondering, for instance, why conservatives criticize entitlements at the same time they promise not to cut the Medicare and Social Security of the elderly.

I admit to being prone to winces about half the time I listen to the GOP presidential candidates these days, but they have at least been more honest than Obama about entitlements. He devoted about 10 seconds to this crucial topic in his State of the Union message, and was among those castigating Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for his means-tested reforms of a kind we must absolutely have if this government is not to shut down someday. Obama did give us some Medicare cuts, but made up for that by spending them in a new health-care program that adds another unaffordable entitlement to those we already have.

The conservative objective is not to dismantle the entire federal apparatus but to end that kind of excess, free contraceptives included. The grand hypocrisy is a president who talks about people doing things for themselves when he doesn't trust them in their own bedrooms.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:


02/17/12: Of cut-off ears and silenced mouths
02/15/12: Obama is a joke whose antics aren't funny
02/10/12: An energy boom looms, despite Obama
02/08/12: Obama's assault on faith
02/03/12: Can Romney get serious?
01/27/12: Obama is like an Italian ship captain
01/25/12: Newt Gingrich's first 100 days
01/20/12: Obama's Keystone pipeline lies
01/18/12: Critics worse than urinating Marines
01/13/12: Ron Paul is a cartoonish character
01/11/12: Newt Gingrich upset by Mitt Romney's brilliance
01/09/12: How about regulating presidents, too?
01/04/12: How America smothers itself
12/30/11: A tax break that helps break the nation
12/28/11: Watch out for the banana peel, Newt
12/21/11: A tale of two men
12/16/11: Strange happenings in Russia
12/14/11: Tim Tebow is a man of character
12/09/11: A populist, envy-mongering fraud divisively exacerbating resentment among different groups of Americans
12/07/11: Tax games threaten nation
12/05/11: Why Wal-Mart serves us better than Barney Frank
11/30/11: Not writing off Newt
11/28/11: Answers to the Iranian threat
11/23/11: Failure of the incumbency investment
11/18/11: Occupiers: Chop off their heads!
11/16/11: Obama asks jobless to sacrifice
11/09/11: Michael Moore's insufferable occupation
11/04/11: Political tipping point is coming
11/02/11: Idealogues versus 7 billion
10/28/11: Obama games on student loans
10/26/11: Wit and quick moves v. humanity and thoroughgoing honesty? It's no contest —- or at least shouldn't be
10/07/11: Baptists, bootleggers and Wall Street protesters
10/05/11: Federal law will get you even if you watch out
09/28/11: Leftist bugbears on the march
09/23/11: Still hope for coal to help us
09/21/11: Obama's Madoff ploy
09/19/11: U.S. can't afford to wait until it happens
09/14/11: Defending -- and strengthening -- gung ho collectivism
09/12/11: A pipeline to better times
09/08/11: Obama just keeps destroying jobs
09/06/11: Ultra-feminists thwarting justice
08/31/11: Corporations are people? Yes, Count the ways
08/26/11: What an earthquake tells us about debt
08/25/11: The tyranny of scientific consensus
08/23/11: Fracking hardly a public health threat
08/17/11: Why Obamacare won't control births
08/15/11: Balanced budget amendment unbalanced idea
08/10/11: Kerry's war on citizen speech
08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers
08/03/11: The people who may save America
07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ
07/27/11: The threat behind the debt
07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing
07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse
07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling
07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly
07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?
07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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