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December 2, 2014

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 Sept. 19, 2011 / 20 Elul, 5771

Rick Perry's Bad --- Mixing Sex, Power and Mandates

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Texas Gov. Rick Perry is getting hammered because he signed an order requiring that sixth-graders be vaccinated against the HPV virus in 2007. Perhaps the most toxic mix in GOP presidential politics is the combination of sex, power and mandates.

All three elements play a role in this controversy.

SEX

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "HPV is so common that at least 50 percent of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives." Most people who have it don't know they have it, and their immune systems clear HPV naturally. For some, sadly, HPV can cause cervical cancer and other forms of cancer.

If HPV were not sexually transmitted, no doubt most Americans would support a vaccine to eradicate a scary health threat. But it is sexual. Experts suggest that doctors administer the vaccine before children become sexually active.

I have sympathy with parents who don't trust the school system, are sick of being told how to raise their children and want to shield their kids from hyper-sexualized messages.

But, frankly, parents ought to be more worried about the health of their kids when they grow up. ?In last week's GOP presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann played to parents' fears when she accused Perry of signing an order "to have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection." The image is almost pornographic.

Bachmann compounded her mistake when she told NBC's "Today'' show that she had met an unnamed mother who told her that after her daughter was vaccinated, she suffered from "mental retardation."

For Bachmann, that was enough proof to smear an opponent — and a vaccine.

POWER

At the debate, Perry responded that his goal was "to stop a cancer"; said that parents were, of course, free to opt out; and said, "I will tell you that I made a mistake by not going to the Legislature first."

On that score, Perry was far too kind to himself. In mandating the vaccine in an executive order, Perry doomed any chance of success. His former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck, the manufacturer of the Gardasil vaccine. According to Texans for Public Justice, Merck gave Perry's campaign $28,500 — not the $5,000 he claimed — from January 2006 until June 2011, as well as $377,500 to the Republican Governors Association, which he chaired.

Critics have noted that at Gardasil's price of $360 per child, there might be better uses for those health dollars. ?The FDA had approved the vaccine only a year before. What about potential side effects? There remain questions as to whether Gardasil will work when adolescents hit adulthood — an argument in favor of delaying administration until children are older.

No surprise, the Texas Legislature overturned Perry's order. ?It is Perry's great misfortune that the Gardasil story emerged in the midst of the Obama administration's Solyndra scandal. The now-filing-for-bankruptcy Solyndra was the first firm to win an Obama administration Department of Energy loan, to the tune of $528 million. Texas would have been the first state to mandate the vaccine. Do I smell the whiff of, as Bachmann put it, "crony capitalism?" Yes, I do.

MANDATES

The Beltway take on Perry's situation is that it is difficult for him to hit former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for Romneycare's "individual mandate" when Perry signed an order mandating an HPV vaccine.

But, as the Atlantic's Megan McArdle pointed out, vaccines are mandatory for a reason: Their primary purpose "is not necessarily to protect the vaccinated individual" but to protect others and hopefully eradicate disease. "When vaccination rates fall below 80 percent or so, you create 'reservoirs' of disease that can spread to vulnerable people."

In his book "Fed Up," Perry boasts about America's role in medical innovations, including the polio vaccine and measles vaccine.

So, for the record, Perry is not anti-vaccine. ?As for Bachmann, she called Perry's executive order "a violation of a liberty interest." I should hope that view would not hold in the face of a potential polio epidemic.

Now, Perry's order was a heavy-handed use of the executive order. His relations with Merck appeared far too cozy. Also, Perry rushed the deal before the public had reason to trust that a mandatory regime would come without scary unintended consequences.

But in the end, this is all about sex.

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