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 August 4, 2009 / 14 Menachem-Av 5769

Peddling the Edsel when nobody's buying

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Congress is getting an earful about Barack Obama's health care "reform," but before August is out, nobody's ears will be big enough to hold it all. Not even the president's.

The congressional poodles, soon to be fanning out across the country to sample down-home sentiment, will hide out as much as they can. Nobody likes to be shouted down or risk receiving his daily serving of fruit and vegetables served on the fly. Some congressmen will handpick their crowds, hiring smaller auditoriums to keep the numbers down. One Web site dedicated to defeating Obamacare warns congressional constituents to give their congressmen a taste of cold anger, but be nice, if only to avoid inviting sympathy for the undeserving.

An aide to one Democratic congressman likens his boss' vacation to a hopeless campaign to "sell the Edsel." The Edsel, as only old-timers recall, was a new car introduced by Ford five decades ago. The car arrived with lots of weirdly shaped sheet metal and expensive bells and whistles, only to become th

e enduring metaphor for humiliating failure. The Republicans hold advantages as the monthlong congressional recess begins. The Democrats' only pitch is that Obamacare will "save" money - nobody believes that - and provide coverage for the 47 million Americans who have no insurance, all at the expense of Americans who do. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office calculates that Obamacare would cost far more than the president and his friends say it would. President Obama's famous promise to the middle class that "you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime" will soon be gone with the wind. That was the word Monday from the Treasury secretary.

The president's scheme might survive the assault of the accountants; once the argument descends from billions to trillions, we're talking about the kind of money nobody really understands. That's the stuff of op-ed page wonkery. But everybody understands what the dead hand of government does to the living.

"In addition to being fiscally unsustainable," says Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, a Republican, "the health care reform plan emerging from Democrats in Congress raises disturbing questions for our nation's seniors. One particular provision in the Democratic bill has seniors worried, and rightly so. A new Center for Health Outcomes and Evaluation could ration access to medicines and treatments based on the government's assessment of the value of a human life and the 'cost-effectiveness' of treatment."

The bland, lifeless language of the legislation hides the eventual purpose of the authors, which is to authorize rationing of health care for the sick, the elderly and the hopelessly ill. The sponsors of the legislation insist that only paranoid geezers are dumb enough to believe stuff like this, but when Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, a Republican, introduced an amendment specifically insuring that the Center for Health Outcomes and Evaluation (obviously named by the ghost of Orwell) could never put a value on a life by measuring it against bureaucratic "quality of life" and "cost-effectiveness" standards, it was rejected by a party-line vote. Such end-of-life measurements are routinely employed in European countries with socialized medicine, observes Sen. Brownback, where "elderly, disabled and medically dependent patients would be at greatest risk of being denied necessary care."

The prospect of defending provisions like this, which betray the true nature of the "reform," terrify Democrats and even melt the practiced cool of Barack Obama. The whole campaign to "reform" health care is built on lies, evasions and not-so-clever misrepresentations. Videos now circulating on the Internet betray in plain language the president's ultimate game. "I don't think we can eliminate employer coverage immediately," Mr. Obama tells a campaign audience. "[There will be] some transition process." In another video, Rep. Barney Frank is out of the closet and up on the rooftop: "I think if we can get a good public option," he says, "it would lead to single-payer - that's the way to get single payer."

So far, the campaign against health care "reform" is an unorganized movement from the grass roots, fueled by common sense. The insurance companies are playing "the inside game," spending a million dollars a day on lobbying and spreading money around. That's the kind of argument Congress finds persuasive, but more powerful stuff is on the way. Fear of the angry voter is the ultimate argument clincher on Capitol Hill.

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