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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 Sept. 8, 2011 / 9 Elul, 5771

Things are looking good for ugly

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A Texas economics professor argues that because unattractive people earn less money over the course of a lifetime than attractive people, unattractive people should be identified as having a disability and be compensated by the government.

Kind of leaves you speechless, doesn't it? And on so many fronts. Who determines unattractive? Is there a margin of error? Is there an allowance for a bad hair day?

Once you are classified as ugly, as the professor calls it, can you ever be reclassified as not-so-ugly, or even just mildly attractive? If you are upgraded and you previously received money for being ugly, do you have to return your ugly money?

Does this nullify what your mother used to say about everybody being attractive to somebody?

If University of Texas professor Daniel S. Hamermesh's ideas should become reality and the economy remains weak, what is to keep people from throwing themselves on the steps of Congress and pleading ugly?

The professor's idea is bizarre, not to mention borderline cruel and condescending. What's more, he completely overlooks the power of a makeover. Never underestimate the power of a good haircut and losing 10 pounds.

That said, the professor does have the sense to recognize that government funds, already stretched thin (an inherently attractive quality), are unlikely to cover subsidies for the unattractive.

The solution to this dilemma is simple. Tax the Kardashians.

The Kardashians are a group of women who constantly throw themselves before cameras in various stages of undress in order to be on magazine covers and reality television. I could be wrong, but I do not believe they have any marketable skills beyond applying eye liner and constantly changing clothes. They have become rich and famous because they were born with good bone structure.

Naturally, in these days of reallocating resources and leveling the playing field, it only makes sense that the government take money from the inherently attractive and give it to the inherently unattractive.

The real question is, who will determine who is attractive and who is ugly. The professor claims it is possible to assemble panels that can agree on levels of attractiveness based on a five-point scale with near unanimity. Of course it is possible. It happens every year and is called the Miss America Pageant. Still, this doesn't mean that most Americans want to have their looks judged by a panel, let alone compete in the swimsuit competition.

Wouldn't it be something if the War on Obesity was joined by the War on Ugly and the government offered free chemical peels, liposuction, dental caps and nose jobs along with the now free birth control?

"I pledge allegiance to the flag, and to the spa for which it stands."

The professor asks how we should remedy this disparity between the good looking and not so good looking and his answer is money. How sad that his answer does not encourage basic respect for one's fellow man.

This is one case where most people may not want to hear, "The check is in the mail."

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