In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 April 5, 2010/ 21 Nissan 5770

The Triumph of Mediocrity

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "If you voted for Obama seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."—from a sign posted on the office door of Dr. Jack Cassell, urologist, Mount Dora, FL

If the comments below the article at orlandosentinel.com are any indication, Dr. Cassell, a registered Republican, has whipped liberals into a frenzy, the thrust of which is two-fold: first, how dare a doctor say anything like that, and second, how dare he politicize medical care.

The first one is easy. It's called free speech and it's protected by the Constitution—even when the expression of ideas liberals find repugnant is involved.

As for the second part, Dr. Cassell has said, "I'm not turning anybody away—that would be unethical. But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

Who, exactly, "politicized" medical care? My nod would go to a Democrat party which passed a budget-busting bill nobody read, without a single Republican vote, in defiance of the majority of Americans. Sorry, my leftist friends, but Dr. Cassell's stance is reactive, not proactive. And let me tell you something else you may not want to know: I'd bet my life thousands of other doctors feel the same way. Why? Here's a fictional doctor who expresses it clearly:

"I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago," said Dr. Hendricks. "Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I would not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun…"—from "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand

It still astonishes me that liberals, who claim to own the franchise on superior wisdom, continue to demonstrate an ignorance of human nature that is unparalleled. Who else could possibly imagine that an enormous re-ordering of one-seventh of the American economy, wouldn't produce equally enormous reaction? Who in their right mind doesn't understand actions beget consequences?

Perhaps no one demonstrates such ignorance better than Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). After corporations announced millions of dollars in write-downs as a direct consequence of a tax in the new health bill—AT&T, $1 billion, Caterpillar $100 million and Deere & Co. $150 million, are three—Henry summoned the CEOs of those companies to testify as to how that's possible.

It's called standard accounting procedures, Mr. Waxman. Procedures required by law in order to protect investors.

In a better world, one of the CEOs Waxman has summoned to his personal witch hunt would tell the Congressman that instead of paying the health care write-down, he will close operations of his company down completely. He would explain to Mr. Waxman that he has no interest in accommodating Democrats' intention to place the private sector under ever-increasing amounts of government control—and that there is no such thing as "altruistic" government without a private sector engaged in naked self-interest.

Revenue-generating self-interest.

He would further suggest that since Mr. Waxman and his liberal friends believe government is the best allocator of goods and services, they should provide jobs for the employees who will no longer have them when he closes up shop.

One of the oldest cons is business involves advertising something with an unbelievably low price in order to get people into a store. When they arrive, they are told that, yes, the price is accurate, but that particular item is out of stock at the moment.

What many Americans will eventually discover is that the new health care bill is a similar con: insurance will be "unbelievably" affordable—but doctors will be "out of stock." Thus, Americans' "right" to health care will end up being what most liberal programs end up being: long on "good intentions," and woefully short of good results. But everyone will be "entitled" to medical services—eventually.

Very eventually, just as they are in all the government-run systems throughout the world where one's waiting time for treatment, and the survival rates for serious illnesses are nowhere near as good as the "evil" system Democrats have tossed overboard in their never-ending quest for "social justice."

Now comes the hard part: first, keeping "rebels" like Dr. Cassell in line, which will likely require Democrats and their media lackeys to vilify or ridicule any professional who dares to defy their worldview—much like the president did when he suggested that a doctor will opt to take out a kid's tonsils instead of otherwise treating a sore throat to "make a lot more money."

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has taken on the role. He has filed a formal complaint with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Medical Board. He hopes "they'll take action because, frankly, I think a lot of people are disturbed just to go into his office."

I wonder how many people are "disturbed" by Grayson himself. In a House speech he claimed, "Republicans want you to die quickly," because they didn't march in lockstep with Democrats' destruction of our medical system.

But it's going to get harder still. When the number of doctors refusing to see Medicaid or Medicare patients reaches critical mass—something which has already begun to occur—government will be faced with a momentous decision: can they force doctors to see certain patients against their will?

Some pie-in-the-skiers would suggest the alternative to such a scenario would be to create some sort of incentives for doctors. Perhaps they haven't noticed that the reason so many doctors are refusing to see Medicaid and Medicare patients is because the government has already created massive disincentives, by turning such treatment into a money-losing proposition. These are the same folks who undoubtedly believe the health care bill is "revenue neutral," even as every other major entitlement ever enacted has soared light years beyond so-called "cost estimates

Another reality check: how does government keep doctors who want no part of this brave new world from retiring, or convince enough younger Americans to become doctors willing to take orders from government bureaucrats?

They can't—not without trampling on the Constitution.

Perhaps that's what prompted Congressman Phil Hare (D-Il.) at a recent town hall meeting. When he was asked which part of the Constitution authorizes the government to require all Americans to buy a product such as health insurance he answered, "I don't worry about the Constitution on this."

He's not alone. There are plenty of progressives whose concept of a "living Constitution" is a euphemism for making it say whatever they want it to say as a means of advancing their odious agenda. The fact that our ancestors battled over every word contained in that document is irrelevant to these socialist/marxist hacks, for whom there is only one "law" that really matters: the ends justify the means.

So how will it all work out? Ayn Rand's doctor continues:

"I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything--except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the 'welfare' of the patients, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, only 'to serve.'"

"That a man who's willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards - never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness with which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind—yet what is it that they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands?"

"Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in their operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man whose life they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of a man who resents it—and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn't."

Take a good look at that last sentence, progressives. It is the future you have bequeathed for yourselves. It is a future in which you'll always have to wonder whether the person to whom you are entrusting your life is someone who despises you for everything you've done to his—or an incompetent hack, like so many other punch-the-clock, don't give a damn public sector employees.

It is a future in which "fairness" reigns supreme, where the talented and gifted are no better off than the lazy and incompetent, and the ultimate destination is the cruelest joke of all: government-enforced mediocrity. Mediocrity from which members of the ruling elite will exempt themselves and those willing to prostrate themselves before the state.

Mediocre heart specialists and brain surgeons? Stay healthy, progressives. Stay very healthy.

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Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert