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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 June 7, 2011 / 5 Sivan, 5771

As Britain Goes, So Goes America?

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The extinct political slogan "As Maine goes, so goes the nation," may be supplanted by what is happening in the United Kingdom. There is a form of functional political illiteracy here that does not bode well for the United States should it follow Britain's very bad example, particularly on matters involving immigration and health care.

For several years, the British media have been full of horror stories about failures in the National Health Service (NHS). "Thousands of Elderly at Risk in Care Crisis" screamed the front-page headline in the Times of London last week. This is nothing new, because a headline in The Daily Telegraph nearly two years ago warned, "Cruel and Neglectful Care of One Million NHS Patients Exposed." Is anyone listening?

"Specialist NHS Clinics Are 20 Times More Likely to Botch Hip Operations," reported The Daily Mail in 2009. It gets worse. "Standards of Care in Some Wards Would Shame a Third World Country," reported the Telegraph that same year, along with "NHS Spends Thousands on Climate Change Handbook" and "Patients More Likely to Go Hungry Than Prisoners."

The Telegraph now reports that the "terminally ill" will be asked by their doctors how they would like to die and to write it down so the NHS will know. Will government then assist them to stop the care meter from running? Death panels, anyone?

Last November The Daily Mail reported, "Britain has fewer doctors per head of population than most countries in the Western World -- and owns far less hi-tech equipment such as cancer scanners because it cannot afford them." That's because, said the newspaper, while "UK health spending is on a par with other prosperous countries … its people are less healthy because too much of the money goes towards GPs' and consultants' pay packets." Waiting times to see a specialist are legion.



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This meltdown in the NHS is approaching a crisis moment. Last week, The Telegraph ran a story headlined "Reform or Die, Lansley Tells NHS." Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says the NHS is facing a £20 billion per year (about $32 billion USD) black hole unless controversial reforms are implemented (meaning people will have to do more for themselves or taxes will be raised in an already heavily taxed nation).

In an interview with the newspaper, Lansley said the "financial crisis" in the NHS "would see annual health spending double to £230 billion ($375 billion USD) a year without urgent reform."

And then there is the disappearance of Britain's once proud work ethic, thanks to the expansion of the welfare state under the Labour Party. The Daily Mail reports that between 1997 and 2010, under Labour, "the number of households in which no one has ever had a job almost doubled from 184,000 to 352,000." Quoting the Office for National Health Statistics, The Mail notes, "This equates to more than 550,000 people for whom worklessness has become a way of life." Worse, "seven out of 10 adults in those households admit they have no intention of ever going to work." This is the triumph of the entitlement mentality. America, beware!

A dysfunctional British immigration system has allowed 256,000 asylum-seekers over the past 20 years to be granted "amnesty," according to the Daily Mail. "74,500 cases have been put in storage because the applicants simply cannot be found."

Add to these concerns the huge number of Muslim immigrants who display no desire to be assimilated into British life, the high abortion rate among the British, and the increasing secularization of culture and you have predictors of where America may be headed if it does not turn back on these attitudes and behavior patterns.

The spread of infection from an E. coli outbreak in the UK does not appear as threatening to the nation's future as the numerous infections of another kind.

As Britain goes…


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