In this issue

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 April 9, 2010 / 25 Nissan 5770

ObamaCare is Unconstitutional

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'm no Constitutional lawyer but it seems to me that forcing people to buy insurance under penalty of law runs contrary to the United States Constitution. That's what ObamaCare does, it makes health insurance mandatory. You must buy it or the government will penalize you. This mandate alters individual freedom like never before in our country's history. It expands the federal government's authority over American citizens to the extent that is downright spooky.

In order for the universal health care scheme to work, big government needs to make healthy young adults pay billions in premiums into the national health-care market. The main reason many young adults didn't have health insurance up until now is not because they couldn't afford it, it's because they figured they wouldn't need much medical care. And for the most part, that's true. The fact is, older people have more medical needs overall than do the young. But nevermind that, now "YOU VILL BUY HEALTH INSURANCE!" whether you want it, need it, or not. Period. Is that what our founding fathers had in mind for America?

As our founders set it up, the federal government was supposed to have limited, enumerated powers while the states retain broad regulatory authority. This formed the basis of American liberty. In the Federalist Papers James Madison wrote, "[I]n the first place it is to be remembered that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects."

Article 1, Section 8 enumerates the powers of the federal government which include the power to tax, borrow and spend money, raise and support armies, provide and maintain a navy, declare war, establish post offices and regulate commerce. There is, as far as I can tell, no provision which would mandate that all Americans must buy government-approved health insurance or be penalized. Madison and the other guys just forgot to put it in, I guess. You know, they had so much on their minds back then.

Letter from JWR publisher

This abuse of federal power over states authority is why thirteen (so far) state Attorneys General are calling this an unprecedented exercise of state power and have filed law suits against the feds. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he plans to sue over the federal health care law as well. "The federal government is now requiring citizens under penalty of a fine to buy a good or a service, and we think that's an unprecedented overreach by the federal government into the lives of individual citizens," he said.

Under ObamaCare almost every U.S. citizen must buy health insurance or be punished by an annual tax penalty that will be, within 6 years, $750 or 2% of your total income, whichever is higher. And it's the IRS that will come after you - it has been reported that they will be hiring an additional 16,000 agents specifically for health care oversight.

The Wall Street Journal has stated, "Never before has Congress required people to buy a private product to qualify as a law-abiding citizen." If Congress can force Americans to buy a product, then the whole idea of limited federal powers becomes null and void. Today you must buy health insurance and tomorrow you must buy …what? What is to prevent Congress mandating Americans to buy whatever they deem to be important at any given time? Where will it stop? Will we be required to join health clubs under penalty of law?

Government regulations are already pushing so-called "green friendly" products on American industry and American citizens. Big Government uses environmental and safety regulations to impose its authority on almost every aspect of our lives and the products we buy. In the future will we be forced to buy a government sanctioned automobile or else be penalized if we buy a car that isn't from a government controlled car company? (Of the Big Three, only Ford is still independent.) Will there be a tax penalty levied on any food that contains too much fat or salt, or sugar?

ObamaCare is only the start of a brand new America. An America far different from the one in the history books, certainly far different from the America envisioned by our founding fathers. ObamaCare is the beginning of unlimited Congressional power to regulate individual Americans. The government controlling the people. Sound like something out of Communist Russia? Yep, sure do to me.

HOPE and CHANGE, eh? The only thing we can HOPE for now, is that this particular CHANGE can be repealed before we wake up one day to an America that too closely resembles the places our forefathers risked their lives trying to escape from.

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