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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

Mo' government, mo' problems

By Jim Mullen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For years, federal, state and local governments have been passing crazy regulations that drive up the cost of doing business, without allocating any public funds to pay for the costly measures required. These rules and regulations are called "unfunded government mandates," and you hear businessmen complain about them all the time. If the government would just get out of their hair plugs and let them work, everyone would be better off. For example:

Important-sounding statisticians estimate that, over the last 30 years, developers could have saved an estimated $6 billion in construction costs if they weren't required to build expensive yet little-used fire escapes on apartment buildings.

Out-of-control government bureaucracy requires almost every community to build huge, ugly things called "sewage treatment plants" which rarely attract visitors, yet they must remain open even on Sundays and public holidays.

The estimated loss of income to tavern owners by the odious government regulation prohibiting the sale of liquor to minors is said to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

As if city councils don't have better things to do, many of them now require landlords to install smoke detectors in rental apartments, driving up the cost for owners. The money wasted on this needless expense would no doubt have been used to lower rents. Remember, the best smoke detector on the market is the human lung.

More than 1,200 towns across this grand republic have passed laws that prohibit the owners of nightclubs and sports arenas from padlocking their fire exits, forcing the owners to hire expensive, minimum-wage security guards to keep non-paying fans from sneaking in. In many cities this has driven up the cost of watching a football game to more than a hundred bones per person!

In all 50 states, namby-pamby do-gooders have forced up the cost of medicine by requiring that physicians be "licensed" to practice. No license is required in Darfur, and their medical costs are estimated to be almost a thousand times less expensive than our own.

Industry experts say the airlines could save almost two billion dollars a year if they never had to inspect and maintain their planes, as knobby-kneed FAA pencil-pushers require them to.

Our "Big Brother" federal government forces meat processors to spend millions of dollars a year on inspections, making them throw away or recall any spoiled, rotten or E. coli-contaminated meat, even though most people can't even taste the difference. This needless expense is passed along to you, the meat-buying, budget-conscious consumer.

In all 50 states, anti-business wackadoodles have gotten ludicrous zoning laws passed, prohibiting the building of rendering plants and gunpowder factories in residential neighborhoods. These are blatant infringements of the rights of property owners to use their land any way they see fit, be it to boil hog fat or brew exciting high explosives.

In their micromanaging tradition, the federal government actually requires blade guards on electric table saws and insists that people using them wear safety glasses. Who has to pay for all these needless, intrusive regulations? You, the electric-saw-buying, possibly glass-eyed consumer!

Know-nothing, desk-bound Washington bureaucrats are trying to write laws that prevent wealthy ranchers from grazing on federal land at rock-bottom prices. Federal land is your land, folks. If you want to rent it to rich people for one-third the going rate, that's your business, not Uncle Sam's.

Why are most luxury cruise liners registered in countries like Panama instead of America? Because frivolous U.S. maritime regulations, written by people who have never owned a cruise line, require them to have functional life boats and adequate insurance, and to meet minimum sanitary food-handling standards.

Isn't that why our fathers fought in World War II and Vietnam, to help CEOs make more money? Which is why so many companies are moving their businesses to countries where child labor and prostitution are legal -- because they're patriots.

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Jim Mullen is the author of "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" and "Baby's First Tattoo."


Previously:


iLostIt
Dressed for excess
Expert tease
The mysteries of Jersey
‘You are a toilet, where am I?’
Don't we all cheat at the game of life?
What happens when I forget where Google is?
Don't let the doorman hit you on the way out
Picasso fiasco
Purple (hair) ‘Daze’
Let me hear your body talk
Working from work
Babies deserve clean restrooms, too
3-year-old bear-killers are a thing of the past
Money-making ideas on the fly
Collecting and hoarding
Chain of fools
Please come pick up your acting awards, ESPN commentators, you've earned them
You've been superpoked by the U.S. gov't
e-Readin', e-Writin' and e-Rithmatic
A pose by any other name
Warning: Column contains 2010 spoilers
‘He loves only gold, only gold’
Think about direction, wonder why …
Flushing your money down a diamond-studded toilet
More like ‘wack’ Friday
The good, the ad and the ugly
The desert of the real
Let books be large and in charge
I was insulting people way before the Internet
GPS drill sergeant: Left, right, left!
Butterfly in the sky, you make winds go twice as high
Music to my ears it's not
You don't light up my life
Fair or not: Country living is far from ‘Little House’
A parable for the ‘ages’
Top 100 Cable news stories of the century
Green dumb
A developing story
Thinking outside the lunch box
What's good for the goose is good for the scanner
Newspapers will survive, but network TV?
A really big show of generation gaps
When pigs flu
The reports of our decline have been greatly exaggerated
Mergers and admonitions
Invest in gold: little, yellow, different
Stuck in Folsom Penthouse
Collecting karma
Setting loose the creative ‘juice’
It's all in the numbers
You're damaging your brain with practical skills
The real rat pack
The unspeakable luxury of the Park-O-Matic
Gross-ery shopping



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