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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 August 25, 2009 / 5 Elul 5769

Don't Give Obamacare a Life Raft

By David Limbaugh




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So here I am feeling a lot better about the possibility of rolling back Obama statism, when I come across an AP report that Sen. John McCain is throwing President Barack Obama a health care life raft. It's official; the Beltway GOP simply can't stand "prosperity."


Why can't the senator read the tea leaves for once and realize America doesn't want socialism? Why can't he read history and understand that liberals never stop with socialism lite? Once in the door, the statist pushes it all the way open.


Don't you see, Sen. McCain? To them, compromise is about incrementalism. They are looking for useful idiots on the other side of the aisle to unlock that door and nudge it open.


Just look at the history of Social Security, for one. In his explosive best-seller "Liberty and Tyranny," Mark Levin details how FDR rejected the idea of direct welfare payments to the aged and unemployed because he believed it would result in Social Security's being rolled back by taxpayers forced to fund it. In order to sink in his government hooks fully, he had to make sure that "even the lowest wage earner covered by the program (would) pay the same fixed payroll tax as the millionaire." When criticized about the regressive nature of the payroll tax, FDR unapologetically said, "With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my Social Security program."


Yet FDR, like Obama, was adept at speaking out of both sides of his mouth. In a message to Congress on Social Security on Jan. 17, 1935, FDR said that "except for the money necessary to initiate it, (the system) should be self-sustaining in the sense that funds for the payment of insurance benefits should not come from the proceeds of general taxation. ... It is proposed that the Federal Government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans (emphasis added)."


Supplanted? You mean, as opposed to having the Social Security system grow to the point that it threatens to bankrupt the national treasury?


The point here is that activist liberals like FDR and Obama mean business. They'll make fundamental change if you are foolish enough to work with them. All the while, they tell you they're implementing reform in the name of the very thing they're destroying: private enterprise.


That's right. FDR couched his statist programs in capitalist terms, too. Just as Obama tells us he is expanding patient and doctor choice under an Obamacare package that would eventually eliminate such choices, FDR told America he was pushing through his statist agenda in order to save capitalism from itself.


Indeed, in his fireside chat of Sunday, Sept. 30, 1934, FDR said, "Private enterprise in times such as these cannot be left without assistance and without reasonable safeguards, lest it destroy not only itself but also our processes of civilization."


But in that same talk, after dumping on unchecked capitalism as a civilization destroyer, he insisted he was trying to save that very system: "It was in this spirit thus described by Secretary (Elihu) Root that we approached our task of reviving private enterprise in March 1933." Since that time, dutiful liberal historians have perpetuated the myth that FDR's New Deal wasn't statist at its core, but capitalist, because statism was necessary to save capitalism. Go figure.


Times change, but liberalism doesn't.


But Obama and his Democratic supermajorities in Congress have done the nation a great favor by showing their true colors and what they will do with unchecked power. And the American people have responded with a grass-roots, nonviolent revolt. Polls now show that the majority of voters in every state are conservative.


The one thing that could undo this public excitement is for moderate Republicans to help these statist Democrats get their feet in the door on socialized health care. There can be no compromise driven by semantic deception, such as co-ops in place of the "public option." The only reforms Republicans should accede to are free market ones. Period. All the rest would lead, through incrementalism and momentum, to full-blown government-run health care.


Besides, you don't compromise with those who are not honest about their intentions. And the Democrats are not operating in good faith when they continue to distort radically the number of uninsured -- which is more than a detail, in that it is the principal driver of their reform efforts. Just as significantly, they claim to be pushing the government program to increase access while reducing costs and expanding choice -- lies wrapped into falsehoods blanketed by deceptions.


Big-government politicians are on the run, and feckless Beltway Republicans mustn't go wobbly now. Now is the time to defeat these statists, not join them.

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