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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

Slipping into an Envy-ocracy

By Ron Hart




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This whole Occupy Wall Street deal might be parents encouraging their deadbeat 24-year-old kids to get out of the basement so they can change the locks. Once they get rid of the smell of weed, they rent it out. While incapable of algebra or employment, these kids can calculate the number of grams in an ounce faster than Albert Einstein.

It looks like the Occupy Wall Street protest could last well into Halloween. I bet the kids sit around in their tents and tell spooky stories about how the top 5% of earners only pay only 59% of all federal taxes.

They are against bank bail-outs of any kind; on that we agree. I am against even bailing out Tyra Banks. Their anger is misplaced and naÔve, yet they are backed by the Democrats who bailed out the banks but who somehow have turned this into an Astroturf campaign movement. It is not like these kids do not know their stuff; they were at prom just a few years ago.

Many are burdened with student loans and no jobs. Low-quality education has too many kids taking out unrealistic student loans (Americans now owe more in student loans, $1trillion, than in credit card debt), to waste on four years of drunken partying and debauchery or, worse, a degree in Women's Studies.

"Occupiers" rail against businesses financed with junk bonds, but they have received a junk education financed with government bonds. At least junk bonds yield a lot and finance jobs. The next bubble to burst is this inadequate, costly education (the cost of which has escalated at more than twice the rate of inflation and which has no quality controls), financed with outrageous, government-backed student loans.

Since schools do not seem to teach facts much anymore, preferring to indoctrinate their students, the result is that many of these kids are not hirable. They are shielded from reality by being taught envy-based courses which conclude that if anyone works for something, it is their lawful right to try to take it.

Like any group of people fortified with the perpetual excuse that they have been "wronged," they can blissfully spend their lives as wards of the statists. It has been a human proclivity since Biblical times. Later, "envy" was promoted to one of the Seven Deadly Sins - but adultery was not -- in a movement sponsored, if memory serves, by Bill Clinton.

This indoctrination is creating what I call an incompetent "envy--ocracy": a degenerative derivation of democracy wherein the least capable of producing are governed by the least competent to lead. If the ineffective put you into office, it is an article of faith that you will confiscate money from the dwindling number of productive, hard-working people and redirect it to the lay-abouts. We know them as modern day Democrats. They are personified by the Occupy Wall Street crowd who want their student loans forgiven and for politicians to take from the productive and redistribute to the least productive, thus taking our country from meritocracy to mediocrity.

The covetous classes taught in colleges and before set the stage for a lifetime of wanton envy. In fact, the blame game starts early if parents allow it. Teachers are even using dolls in first grade classrooms to help the kids point to the spot where Republicans touched the economy and ruined it.

What makes this work is the belief those who succeed must have done so by stealing. This explains the Occupy Wall Street crowd and the Democrats' campaign strategy. If you think this is not true, why are they not protesting about Obama escalating the wars he promised to end?

Two things are sure in this world. The earth rotates around the sun, and kids will take the easy way out if you let them. And I am not so sure about the earth rotating around the sun thing. An educational system that does not teach simple economics and self-reliance, but instead focuses on resentment and envy, will eventually tear our country apart.

The best thing we can do for our kids is to instill in them a work ethic, not a sense of entitlement, and then let the chips fall where they may. Since kids are a perpetual personification of their parenting, we all should do our best. Our nation's future depends on it.

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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:

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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