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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 March 28, 2012/ 5 Nissan, 5772

ObamaCare---Once They Get their Commerce Claws in Us, What's the Limit?

By Ron Hart




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Our Supreme Court heard three days of oral arguments on the legality of ObamaCare. Neither joint sessions of Congress nor oral arguments are as fun as they sound.

The arguments are nuanced ones, cloaked in unnecessarily technical language that no one really understands --- much like the health care bill itself. Even a New York Times poll says that 72% of Americans do not want ObamaCare.

The case hinges on the sly wording of what consequence is attached to not complying with the individual mandate, which is the core of this massive intrusion into our daily lives. At first Obama called it a "tax." Later, when he saw that was a legal problem, he called it a "penalty." His administration has flipped on this issue more than a meth-house mattress.

Washington learned long ago that if you name a bill something that no one could argue with, like "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," you could put pretty much anything you like in a 2000-ish page bill and pass it before anyone reads it.

In a stunning act of hubris which defined the first two years of Democrat- controlled, filibuster-proof House, Senate and Presidency, then-House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi famously said of the contentious ObamaCare bill as it slithered through, "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."

Much like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Democrats realized they had a narrow window of opportunity, just two years, to loot the U.S. Treasury, knowing full well the police would soon be there. In this case the police arrived with the landslide "shellacking" Democrats took in the 2010 elections. Republicans regained control of the House and took the keys to the liquor cabinet away from the less financially responsible kids.

Since then, Obama appointed reliable liberal Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. He said he was looking for someone with "empathy," preferably a bi-racial woman with some experience being a judge. At the time I suggested Paula Abdul. She fits Obama's criteria and clearly, given her success in Hollywood with only one hit song, she has spent a lot of time around old men in robes.

Heath care in America remains a concern. We live in a country that celebrates overeating. We cheer the reigning Nathan's Hot Dogs eating champion, Joey Chestnut, as he chokes down 60 wieners (beating the record set in the 1980s by Elton John). Why then is the current incentive (dying early from cardiac disease or obesity-induced diabetes) not motivation enough? Throwing everyone into the same insurance risk pool at the same price is not going to help matters.

Just to sum up the simple math on the best health care system the world has ever known, the average family has out-of-pocket expenses for health care (after employer-paid insurance and the like) of $2,853 per year. This is 33% of what we spend yearly on our transportation. The same U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report says we spend $118 on "reading," which goes a long way toward explaining why ObamaCare slipped through.

Obama knows his health care law is a loser, so he does what he normally does: finds someone to blame. As a model, he points to Romney's state health care system in Massachusetts, which is a disaster. He really doesn't need to use such a recent data point when there are older models of socialized medicine he can chart the trajectory of his plan against, like North Korea's. Fellow "Glorious Leaders," from Hitler through most recently Cuba's Castro, have bought the favor of their electorate with generous, socialized medicine meth.

I have a vested interest in this battle, and not only as an advocate for liberty, free markets and limited government. My oldest is in her third year of medical school. Medicine should remain a beacon for our best and brightest, who set out upon their careers to help their patients. They should not become petty bureaucrats in the Obama cradle-to-grave socialist state, bound by political expediencies and not by the best outcomes for their patients.

If we can be forced to buy government-mandated health insurance under duress of a dubious interpretation of the Commerce Clause, with the validation of the Supreme Court and its Due Process Clause, for a health care bill more characteristic of Santa Claus, what is next?

Relish your fleeting freedoms. Liberty was nice while it lasted.

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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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Previously:

Obama's Campaign Theme: Taxation and Demonization

DNA and Me: Family Facts not Genome for Years

College for Everyone? Some Children Need to be Left Behind

Hope for the Hip-Hop-ocrisy at the Grammys

The Bain of Our Existence

Confusing Obama and 'Go Bama'

E-conning the Public, Washington Spending, and Other Shell Games

Looking Back at 2011

Kim Jong Il: North Koreans Love You Long Time --- it's Mandatory

What the MF-- Global?

The GOP Primaries: The Adultery of Hope

No Thankfulness at Thanksgiving for the OWS Crowd

Cain Mutiny, or a ‘High-tech Lynching?’

Slipping into an Envy-ocracy

An honest, if unconventional, assessment of those vying to wipe that smirk off Obama's smug mug

The Unwashed Masses Descend on New York City

Obama ‘pivots to jobs’ --- his

Washington: Blame No One. Do Something!

Our Debt Problems: Politicians Extend and Pretend

No Child Left --- To the Left

Dems' debt ceiling demagoguery

Golf Summit --- I Like Spike(s)

Nancy Pelosi Finally Demands a Weiner Probe

The porkulus political payback project

Schwarzenegger, please!

An ILL Wind for Business --- Boeing, Boeing Gone?

Osama's 72 Virgins --- and Obama's 72 Versions

Bin Laden was taken out by seals and now sleeps with the fishes

Trump: Got 99 problems, but rich ain't one

Why you should see the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ movie

Why The Donald trumps the Bamster

O-Bomb-A

Mid-East Megalomaniacal Despots on the Run

Truther or Dare

Facebook ‘Un-friends’ Our Increasingly Regulation-burdened Capital Markets

Egyptians Unfriend Mubarak

Hold 'em liable --- the colleges, that is

Follow your Hart in a look back at 2010

GOP wins in showdown

WikiLeaks --- Danger or Disinfectant?

The Angle of the Rangel

Where We Let Terrorists Really Hurt Us

Time to starve the spending beast

The TSA: We Do Chicken Right!

A Red Wave

No Juan Left Behind at NPR

Capitalism in Time Saves Mine

The Broader Picture of What These Elections Mean

Dem-moralized: ‘Dead Fish’ taken to the trash cant

Ships Passing in the Night

Obamanomics continue to add up . . . for Republicans

She had Tiger by the tail: If Elin did not get Tiger's money, Obama would have


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