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 Oct. 23, 2009 /5 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Big Government Growing Bigger

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Do you want government controlled health care? If you do, ask yourself these questions. Do you think leaving all your personal health issues in the hands of government employees will make everything easier, better, and wonderful? Do you think doing that will make you healthier? Do you trust the government to do the right thing for you and your family's health? Do you trust the government with your life? Are you more comfortable with the government making life and death decisions for you than if you, your family and your doctor made them yourselves?

These are important questions, folks. Better think them through carefully before you throw in with the socialized medicine gang because once the seeds are sown, once the government health care bill is passed, it will be a done deal for all time. There will be no going back. No reversals. Once government has its hands on something it keeps it.

The first thing you should do is consider what kind of a job big government does when it controls ANYTHING. Think of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Think of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Think of the US Postal Service. Think of the Internal Revenue Service. Think of Communist Russia, of Communist China, of Nazi Germany. These were all nations totally controlled by the government. Do you think they did a fine job for their people? Did those governments make things "better"?

Personally I don't put much trust in any group or organization private or public that becomes too big. When a group gets so big that it takes over completely, things tend to get worse, not better. When Federated Department Stores (Macy's) got bigger by buying up all the other department stores in the country, consumers suddenly had less choices of merchandise and fewer places to shop. In a relatively short period of time, just in California alone, we lost Robinsons, Bullocks, Bullock's Wilshire, The Broadway, The May Co., I. Magnum, Buffum's, and Orbach's.

Big government is no better than big business. As a matter of fact it's worse because it has at its disposal police forces, national guards, and armies that can enforce its will on the public. You might not be happy with Blue Shield but they won't send troops into your home to force you to buy their insurance. And you can take Blue Shield to court, but you'll have a tougher go winning a case against the United States of America. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."

There are other Jefferson quotes which are worth remembering, such as:

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

The government itself doesn't make anything. It passes laws, it regulates, it redistributes wealth, but it does not invent, it does not create. Individuals create and make things. The government decides what to do with the things people make. Sometimes the government decides to take something that someone has made and give it to someone else. Is this fair? There is a famous quote by Dr. Adrian Rogers which addresses this.

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don't multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn't first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don't have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don't get to enjoy the fruit of their labor."

This in a nutshell describes the socialist philosophy. Taking from the producers of society and giving to the non-producers of society. Socialized medicine, or universal healthcare as it is now being called, is another step in the socialist direction. Big government growing bigger. If passed, it will be another nail in the coffen of American liberty as we know it. It scares me, because it brings to mind another Thomas Jefferson quote: "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."

It's not too late. We can still hold back this "natural progression" or at least slow it down. If you don't want to see a total government takeover of health care, contact your senators and congressmen right away and tell them. Do it now.

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