May 24, 2013
May 22, 2013
They launched the 'Arab Spring' but now yearn for the good old days of a strongman
May 20, 2013
Richard A. Serrano: Is Meir Kahane's assassin now a changed man?
Genetic copies of living people from embryos no longer science fiction
Jewz in the Newz by Nate Bloom :
The Kosher Gourmet by Cathy Pollak:
Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star
WARNING: This WALNUT CAKE WITH PRALINE FROSTING, perfect for afternoon coffee, is addicting
May 13, 2013
Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: Why the giving of the document that would permanently change the world could only be done in desolation
David G. Savage:
Church-state, literally? Supreme Court weighing public school graduation in a church
May 10, 2013
Rabbi Berel Wein: Be all that you should be
May 8, 2013
Peter Ford: Why China is welcoming both Israel's Netanyahu and Palestinians' Abbas
Obama administration quietly backs out of appeal over new contraceptive mandate
At Kerry-Putin meeting, US-Russia relations thaw --- a tad
The Kosher Gourmet by Leela Cyd Ross :
Almost too pretty to eat, this colorful salad with Sicilian inspiration will tickle the taste buds and delight your visual sensibility
May 6, 2013
May 3, 2013
Kids, kittens the Same?
With employee perks at struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo! it's hard to tell
Artificial kidney offers hope to patients tethered to a dialysis machine
April 29, 2013
Poland's new Jewish museum celebrates life, doesn't revisit Holocaust
Terrorism in America: Is US missing a chance to learn from failed plots?
Boston Bomber's 'Svengali' Revealed
Tiny satellites + cellphones = cheaper 'eyes in the sky' for NASA
April 26, 2013
Clifford D. May:
Defense in the Age of Jihadist Terrorism
Sharon Palmer, R.D.:
How to feel your best -- with plenty of energy, a healthy weight and optimal mental and physical function -- without driving yourself batty
April 24, 2013
Jewish World Review
July 6, 2010
/ 25 Tamuz 5770
Stop Me Before I Spend Again!
Last weekend as America celebrated the 234th anniversary of its independence from Britain, there was a reminder of how increasingly dependent too many Americans have become on our government.
The New York Times headline read: "Illinois Stops Paying Its Bills, but Can't Stop Digging Hole."
The Land of Lincoln has become a land of mounting debt: $5.01 billion to be exact. That may not seem like much compared to the growing federal debt -- calculated on the National Debt Clock at midday July 4 at $13,189,792,856,331.20 -- but as the late Illinois Republican Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen is reputed (but never proven) to have said, "A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking real money."
Illinois' Comptroller, Daniel W. Hynes, says the $5.01 billion is what the state owes to schools, rehabilitation centers, child care, the state university and he told the New York Times, "it's getting worse every single day." He calls the state's inability to pay for essential services "obscene."
The real obscenity -- in Illinois, California, New York and especially Washington, D.C., is an inability to live within the means taxpayers provide. Despite record high taxes in these states and more coming at the federal level, government never has enough of our money. But it isn't all government's fault. Too many Americans have come to rely on government to take care of them and government has passed the point where it can do so any longer.
|FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO INFLUENTIAL NEWSLETTER|
Every weekday NewsAndOpinion.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". HUNDREDS of columnists and cartoonists regularly appear. Sign up for the daily update. It's free. Just click here.
Politicians, whose sole aim is re-election, behave like enabling parents, giving the children whatever they want hoping for "love" in return, or in this case votes. The obituary of Senator Robert Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, said he served more time in Congress than anyone else. That, too, is an obscenity. The Founders did not intend public service to become self-service.
The definition of "addiction" best describes our increasing reliance on government: "Complete physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance (heroin, nicotine, or alcohol), characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal." Just substitute "government" for the drugs and "psychological" for "physiological" and you have characterized our addiction to government. There are toll-free hotlines for drug addicts who wish to get clean. Who do you call to break free of an addiction to government? Certainly not the politicians; they're the pushers.
This is classic co-dependency. Politicians tell people what they want to hear and voters elect them out of a sense of entitlement to other people's money. If you are successful and resist, you are called greedy, uncaring and a Republican! This class warfare has enriched the politicians who practice it, but it is impoverishing America.
Too many expect too much from government and too little from themselves. It used to be the other way around, but concepts such as initiative, self-control, frugality, persistence, honor, integrity and virtue went out about the time baby boomers began their cultural counterinsurgency.
The reason so few jobs are being created in the private sector (the labor force is shrinking and unemployment is more than 10 percent, if those who have given up looking for work are included) is because government has grown too big and is strangling the private sector which is uncertain about the cost of Obamacare and tax hikes.
The progressives want more reliance on government and less self-reliance. But this is not what America needs. Republicans, should they regain a majority in Congress this fall, and the White House in 2012, must have a serious talk with their fellow countrymen. We can't go on like this. We can't keep spending and taxing. We must stop asking our country to do more for us and begin doing more for ourselves.
Is there a visionary who will say and then do such things, regardless of the political consequences? He (or she) could quote Thomas Jefferson: "To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude."
Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.
|BUY THE BOOK|
| Click HERE to purchase it at a discount. (Sales help fund JWR.).|
Cal Thomas Archives
JWR contributor Cal Thomas is co-author with Bob Beckel, a liberal Democratic Party strategist, of "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America". Comment by clicking here.
© 2006, Tribune Media Services, Inc.
Richard Z. Chesnoff
Frank J. Gaffney
Victor Davis Hanson
A. Barton Hinkle
Judge A. Napolitano
Cokie & Steve Roberts
Debra J. Saunders
J. D. Crowe
Ask Doctor K