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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 August 10, 2012/ 22 Menachem-Av, 5772

Insane Misuse of Public Funds

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the old saying goes, California is the land of the fruit and the nuts. And in keeping with those words of wisdom, California Governor Jerry Brown is asking for another tax hike this November. After all, when your state is bankrupt and the unemployment rate is at 11% (around 2 million people out of work) what else CAN you do but raise taxes? Brown hopes that there are enough moronic voters out here willing to give up what little money they have left so that our state government can mismanage itů.once again.

Think I'm exaggerating? According to an Associated Press report, tens of millions of dollars in state money which was supposed to go to treat the mentally ill have been going instead for art and drama classes, Native American sweat lodges and a "mood management" course for Latina mothers.

Back in 2004 gullible voters passed Proposition 63, an additional tax on anyone making more than a million dollars. Ultimately the state collected $7.4 billion which was to be used specifically for the treatment of mental illness in our state. But I guess it all depends on what the definition of "mentally ill, is. As far as the Department of Mental Health is concerned, they have a pretty loose definition. Some of the programs currently being funded by Prop.63 money include:


  • lunchtime yoga classes for San Francisco city workers

  • $1 million in horseback-therapy sessions for Kings County.

  • $230,000 to develop a plan for self-help, drop-in centers featuring massage chairs for relieving muscle tension, a meditation room and a biofeedback lab where students use computer software to learn breathing and relaxation techniques for The Tri-City Mental Health Center, which serves Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne.

  • $547,805 for the inaugural year of a program in San Diego where homebound seniors receive daily meals from workers who also screen them for depression or suicidal thoughts.

  • A 12-week "mood management" course in Riverside titled Mamas y Bebes that helps young Latina mothers create a healthy physical, social, and psychological environment for themselves and their infants. The course is one of eight parenting programs that together have an annual approved budget of $2,958,317.

  • $8.1 million has been budgeted in San Bernardino over three years for a "holistic campus" of three community centers that provide services like acupuncture, art classes, equine therapy, tai-chi and zumba to the general public. The recently-launched program is expected to reach about 7,000 people a year.

San Berdo's "holistic campus" provider, Mental Health Systems, says it aims to serve "Native American tribes, Asian Americans, African Americans, and Latino populations, as well as ... gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals" through alternative programs like "Curanderos, Native American Drumming Rituals, acupuncture and acupressure, and even [an LGBT] prom."

So how did this happen? Well, in 2007 California mental-health officials made a change in the spending plan. They took the 20 percent of Proposition 63 funds aimed at reducing the severity and length of mental illnesses for already-diagnosed patients, and redirected the money to promote mental "wellness" in apparently healthy people. This is where the art and drama classes, the sweat lodges and the mood management came in, as well as programs involving acupuncture, nutrition, gardening, camping and horseback-riding.

Meanwhile, state spending on real mental-health services has continued to slip, and the California Department of Mental Health has been eliminated to save money. The percentage of prison inmates with mental illnesses has risen to 26 percent from 19 percent in 2007. No spending allocated to them. And not a dime of this $7.4 billion has gone to help our mentally disturbed military veterans, many of which are living on the streets.

As a lifelong born and raised Californian, I can attest to the fact that our state has more than its share of mental illness. The question is, who is really nuts here? Hint: it's not the lying politicians, they're doing just fine. The ones who need their heads examined are the empty-headed taxpayers who continue to throw more billions into the coffers in Sacramento. Go ahead fellow Californians, vote Jerry Brown some more tax money. After all, our state could always use a few more massage chairs and yoga classes for civil servants.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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