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 May 19, 2010/ 6 Sivan 5770

The ‘Unintended Consequences’ of Liberalism

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The essence of liberal bankruptcy can be reduced to two words: unintended consequences. Quite simply, the unintended consequences of liberalism are the result of people behaving like people actually behave--instead of how liberals believe they should behave. Perhaps the most egregious example of the left's terminal disconnect from reality is health care "reform." Two news stories reveal what happens when common sense loses out to ideological idiocy.

The first story comes from the Congressional newspaper The Hill. Apparently it has dawned on some people that adding 32 million people to the health care rolls--note I said people, as opposed to American citizens--might engender some unintended consequences with regard to their impact on "emergency rooms already crammed beyond capacity, according to experts on healthcare facilities."

"Everybody expected that one of the initial impacts of reform would be less pressure on emergency departments; it's going to be exactly the opposite over the next four to eight years," said Rich Dallam, healthcare partner at NBBJ, an architectural firm which designs healthcare facilities.

Not everybody, Mr. Dallam. Only the clueless liberals in Congress and the White House who foisted this package on the substantial majority of Americans who wanted no part of it.

Yet in the spirit of charity, one could be somewhat forgiving of liberal prognostications if they had been the result of sailing in uncharted waters. But they were not. The state of Massachusetts has been a laboratory for so-called "universal coverage" for the past four years. What did a recent poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians reveal?

Two-thirds of that states' residents say that emergency room waiting times have either "increased or remained the same."

And why are more people headed to emergency rooms? Because even though they now have insurance, they can't find a primary care doctor to treat them--which segues quite nicely into the second story coming out of Texas.

According to the Houston Chronicle, doctors in that state are "opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable." Again, only liberals believe doctors would be willing to lose money in order to make government health care workable. That they won't is another one of those "unintended consequences" that apparently mystify those who consider themselves intellectually superior to the hapless dullards known as ordinary Americans.

"This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode," said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. "If Congress doesn't fix Medicare soon, there'll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress' promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken."

And what would it take to "fix" the problem? Give yourself an honorary membership in Club Liberal if you guessed the inevitable answer: more taxpayer funding. How much more? The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that "eliminating scheduled Medicare payment cuts through 2020 would cost $276 billion."

How's that "the health care bill will be revenue neutral" slogan working for you now, my liberal brethren?

Unintended consequences? More from the Chronicle: "The problem dates back to 1997, when Congress passed a balanced budget law that included a Medicare payment formula aimed at reining in spending. The formula, which assumed low growth rates, (italics mine) called for payment cuts if spending exceeded goals, a scenario that occurred year after year as health care costs grew. The scheduled cuts, expected to be modest, turned out to be large."

Again, ask yourself a question. Who can look at: a) the ready-to-retire Baby Boomer generation, with its outsized population relative to all other age groups; b) medical advances which invariably increase life span; c) and increased life span itself, and come to the conclusion that "low growth rates" can be "assumed?"

Ironically, Texas is one of the better states in the nation when it comes to the availability of doctors, due to the fact that they instituted medical malpractice reform. According to the San Francisco Examiner, "(b)etween 2003 and 2007, the Texas Medical Board licensed about 2,500 more new physicians than it did during the previous four years. In total, more than 7,000 new doctors have come to the state."

That would be the very same medical malpractice reform that never made it onto a single page of the 2700 page health care monstrosity enacted by Democrats. Despite being ideologically clueless about most aspects of human nature, Democrats understand quite well that the Trial Lawyers Association donates millions of dollars to their party. As a result, something which would virtually guarantee a substantial reduction in health care costs for every American was omitted from "comprehensive" health care reform.

How can liberals be so obtuse regarding human nature? Pure arrogance, as in they believe they're smarter than everyone else--which in turn produces stunning ignorance. It is an ignorance that assumes tossing an extra 32 million people into an already-strained system will not further strain the system. It is the ignorance of those who would never dream of taking a pay cut themselves expecting doctors to suck it up out of the goodness of their hearts. It is the terminal ignorance of those for whom unintended consequences are always someone else's fault-- invariably due to the fact that people are simply too stupid to appreciate the "keen insight" of their intellectual betters.

It is the terminal ignorance of people who actually think collectivist, utopian philosophy can triumph over biologically hard-wired human nature, which revolves around one stunningly simple concept: individual self-interest.

Liberals equate self-interest with selfishness. Nothing could be further from the truth. Self-interest in the engine of humankind. Without it genuine ambition and achievement wouldn't exist. It is no accident that every society which has embraced collective interests over those of the individual has either been an economic basket-case--or a human rights-crushing, totalitarian nightmare.

Yet time after time, liberals can look at the historical wreckage produced wherever the ruling class decided government can operate completely at odds with human nature, and insist those failures occurred only because "the wrong people were in charge."

In one sense liberals are absolutely correct: the wrong people are in charge--of America. The Democratically-controlled Congress has one of the lowest approval ratings ever recorded, and the Obama administration's ratings have been in decline since the inauguration. Apparently more and more Americans are coming to the conclusion that "unintended consequences" can destroy the best health care system in the world, and put the nation on the fast track to bankruptcy in the process.

The bet here is a majority of American are going to deliver some seriously intended consequence to liberals next November.

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