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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 March 31, 2009/ 6 Nissan 5769

Fried Green Liberalism

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My friend Bill G. offers an apt term to describe what is going on in Washington: Fried Green Liberalism.

Bill is the type of fellow upon which every great civilization is built. He sacrificed long and hard to get himself through law school. He's worked harder ever since to provide for his family and sock away dough for college and retirement.

Like many fine citizens, Bill follows current events closely and participates in his republic actively. He's been mighty worried by the "modern liberalism" that is taking over our government of late.

Our country was founded on liberalism, you see — the old kind, not what we now consider "modern liberalism" or "progressivism."

The original liberalism was based on the concept of liberty and freedom. It believed that government is a potential danger — our Founders had experienced the confiscatory nature of unrestrained government — and therefore sought to keep government small.

It believed that the government's only legitimate role is to protect — protect private property ownership, our borders, free and fair commerce, speech, religious belief, individual liberty and so on.

To wit: It sought to protect the G-d-given rights of the average Joe against infringement by his own government.

Modern liberalism, though, isn't wary about government. It sees all-powerful, all-controlling big government as a good thing. Its intentions may be good but the outcome often isn't.

Hoping to be more generous and compassionate to the poor, the modern liberal seeks to expand government programs, which makes more people dependent — and poor.

Hoping to improve health care for the uninsured, the modern liberal seeks government control over the entire health care system — which will worsen care for most.

Hoping to spread prosperity among everyone, the modern liberal wants government to take more wealth from those who produce it and distribute more to those who do not — which will ultimately hamper the economy and make all of us poorer, especially the poor.

Which brings us to a recent e-mail Bill sent me.

Unable to sleep one night — stressed out by his numerous adult responsibilities, no doubt — he stumbled down to his living room and began watching "Fried Green Tomatoes," a delightful movie set in a small Alabama town.

At one point in the film, the two lead female characters hop a freight train for a night of fun. They find themselves in a boxcar packed with food being shipped by a private company.

As the train passes by what appears to be a homeless camp, the lead character, Idgie, decides to start throwing boxes and cans of food to the people camped along the track.

"What are you doing?" asks Ruth, the other character. "That's not yours to give."

"That's just a bunch of church talk," says Idgie.

Idgie quickly persuades Ruth to see it her way. Soon, both women are throwing boxes and cans of food to the people along the tracks — they feel mighty good about themselves in the process.

"Isn't this a perfect illustration of modern liberalism at work?" Bill wrote to me. "Modern liberals feel good about giving away other people's property to people they don't know.

"They feel quite competent to decide who deserves what and who should pay for it. They feel no regret about taking property from someone they do not see — no regret about the harm they may be doing.

"Just as bad is the subtle message the liberals are sending to the homeless along the tracks: If the homeless wish to keep getting those free handouts, they must stay there and wait for others to toss them free food. If they leave to improve their lot, they risk missing the free handouts — hence, a perverse incentive to stay put."

Well said, Bill.

Unfortunately, Fried Green Liberalism is the philosophy of the folks who are currently running our government.

They'll probably keep running things that way, too, until — to borrow from Margaret Thatcher — they run out of other people's money.

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