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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 Feb. 3, 2011 / 29 Shevat, 5771

You MUST Own a Gun --- Or Else!

By Bernard Goldberg



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With everything else going on in the world, you may have missed a piece of news coming out of South Dakota. It seems that a few legislators in that state have introduced a bill that would require every one of South Dakota's citizens over 21 years of age to own a gun.

Can you imagine? Lawmakers insisting that citizens own a gun or buy one they don't already own one — under penalty of law, no less! Government can't force people to buy something they don't want, can it?

Okay, you get it. So do the South Dakota lawmakers. According to State Rep. Hal Wick, one of the bill's five sponsors, "Do I or the other co-sponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance."

Just between us, I never associated South Dakota with funny. New York and funny? Sure. LA, funny. Yeah. But live and learn. This guy Hal Wick from the frozen plains is a regular riot. And smart, too.

Frankly, I think it would be great if everybody owned health insurance. But there's that pesky matter of the Constitution. If the federal government can force Americans to buy an insurance policy, why can't it force them to buy a health club membership? If we all went to the gym, we would be healthier — and healthy people spend less money on doctors, right?

And why stop there? How about a law that would require all Americans to eat three servings of fruits and vegetables every day? "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." That, too, would bring down our out-of-control health care costs.

And why couldn't the federal government make all Americans buy pogo sticks and hop around on them at least an hour a day. You don't see a lot of out-of-shape fatsos jumping around on a pogo stick, do you? One more way to reduce health care costs that are devouring way too much of our spending.

A few days ago, a federal judge in Pensacola, Florida ruled that last year's health care reform law, known in some circles as ObamaCare, was unconstitutional. Judge Roger Vinson wrote a long, thoughtful decision, but it pretty much came down to this: The federal government does not have unlimited powers. It cannot mandate that all Americans buy an insurance policy — and then punish them if they don't.

The New York Times predictably condemned the ruling, saying it was "a breathtaking example of judicial activism and overreach" motivated "at least in part by ideology." Let's set aside the inconvenient fact that the gods who write editorials at the New York Times are never bothered by judicial activism, overreach or ideology when it comes from judges on the Left. Let's stop snickering at their hypocrisy and simply ask them — and all liberals who supported the personal mandate to buy health insurance — this brief question:

How do you feel about that South Dakota bill that would make it mandatory to own a gun?

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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.


Previously:

01/20/11: It Was Horrible, I tell you … HORRIBLE!
01/11/11: Here We Go Again . . .
01/06/11: You Go, Oprah
12/28/10: A Year-Ender --- The MSM and Obama's Fall from Grace 12/14/10: Thank
Heaven for Rich People

12/02/10: The Phony Nobility of Wikileaks

© 2011, Bernard Goldberg

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