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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 Dec. 22, 2011 / 26 Kislev, 5772

New Ideas or Fidelity to Old Principles?

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you've been watching cable television regularly, you've heard from many analysts who know Newt Gingrich personally. They either call him the smartest man in the room or they tell us Gingrich believes he's the smartest man in the room. Gingrich has always been a government ideas man, and whenever he says something odd, out of the ordinary or otherwise eyebrow raising or provocative, it's explained away as Newt being Newt. His ideas are, in fact, what get him in trouble.

When Gingrich called Palestinians an invented people, that wasn't a Rick Perry moment. There is a long academic debate behind the Palestinian question. Yasser Arafat, after all, was born in Cairo as a poor Egyptian, but died in Paris as a wealthy, corrupt Palestinian leader. There was never an independent state of Palestine, and the people now known as Palestinians were known simply as Arabs before the creation of the State of Israel. None of this, of course, is relevant to U.S. foreign policy, because none of it is relevant to U.S. national security interests. It is only relevant to politics.

When Gingrich mused that the federal government ought to hire poor children to work as janitors, that, too, was no Rick Perry moment. There is something to be said about instilling a sound work ethic in youth. Indeed, as Gingrich noted, most of this country's productively wealthy people started working at an early age, and he points to that as a primary driver of their successes later in life. But is there a role for the federal government in micromanaging how the nation's youth are imbued with a work ethic? No, there is not. The government can't deliver the mail.

Perhaps the most telling of Gingrich's ideas is that the federal government ought to expand its presence in space, up to and including mining the moon for minerals. It's a pie in the sky idea, literally, and scientifically absurd. But it, too, is not a Rick Perry moment. It's not like Dennis Kucinich admitting he believes in UFOs. It's just Newt being an ideas man.

Yet, all of his out-of-the-box ideas have a common thread: He wants to expand the government.



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Gingrich doesn't belong in government, because government isn't subject to the forces of the free market. Because it's not subject to the free market, it becomes difficult for government to filter bad ideas from good ones. After all, Gingrich may have a good idea in trying to instill work ethic in troubled youth. But he also had the idea to use the death penalty when it comes to marijuana, a substance that's only been banned by the federal government in the past 40 years and is less harmful than alcohol.

The whole drug war is a horrible idea, costing us valuable treasure and blood but doing nothing to prevent drug use. But it keeps those government bureaucrats involved in the war on drugs steadily employed, and so Gingrich loves the war on drugs and wants to expand it.

None of Newt's nutty ideas belongs in the federal government, because the federal government must be confined to the Constitution, not to the new ideas of a self-important insider who's grown rich off of government fat. How can we ever get rid of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when our self-identified conservatives leave government and then use those entities to make money for themselves? Newt's nutty ideas perpetuate the problem of government because by profiting off of unconstitutional government policies, they incentivize government to keep those policies.

We don't need new ideas in government; leave those for the free market. Good ideas are advanced by consumers and investors who choose to spend their own money on them, not by bureaucrats who spend your money on them. We don't need Newt's new ideas about drugs and Palestinians and the moon. We need some old ones Newt has forgotten, like that government is best which governs least, like the people are entitled to a government that stays within the confines of the Constitution, like the Constitution was written to keep the government off the people's backs. Gingrich has Big Government written all over him; and Big Government has brought us all our woes.

If you live in Iowa or New Hampshire, you can do something about Big Government in the next three weeks. You can vote in a caucus or a primary for a candidate who believes government should be confined and not expanded; someone who believes the Constitution will restrain him, not unleash him; someone who believes the Constitution actually means what it says. You know who that man is. He is the game changer.

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Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the Senior Judicial Analyst at Fox News Channel and anchor of "FreedomWatch" on Fox Business Network.



Previously:


12/15/11 The Government as Lawbreaker, Again
12/08/11 What if our rights didn't come from the Almighty or from our humanity, but from the government?
12/01/11 Can Congress Steal Your Constitutional Freedoms?
11/24/11 What if the Constitution No Longer Applied?
11/17/11 Congress and Secrecy
11/10/11 Does the Government Work for Us, or Do We Work for the Government?
11/03/11 Look at What the Government Has Done with Your Money
10/27/11 What Have the Wars Done for You?
10/20/11 Is Freedom in America a Myth or a Reality?


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