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Today's Commentary:  Jerry Mathers-- A very brave pediatrician -- A heartening week -- President Trump keeps his word -- Food stamp thoughts

 

Millions of Americans spent their childhoods watching reruns of “Leave It To Beaver,” the ‘50s sitcom that did such a great job of showing life from the viewpoint of kids. Its star, Jerry Mathers, is still known as “The Beaver,” but at 69, he’s lived through some rough adult health problems, and now, he’s trying to share with his fans what he learned about how to stay healthy.

Jerry owned a catering business that provided food for film sets, and he was eating up to six meals and growing fatter by the day. He eventually developed life-threatening Type 2 diabetes and had to change his lifestyle (that means a strict diet, exercise and, of course, selling his catering business). It’s not a cure but a daily struggle, but he is maintaining his health, and he has some good tips to help others avoid the pitfalls he fell into. I sympathize completely, having once been in a very similar health situation and reversed it the same way. Click the link and read the full story: your body and your loved ones will be glad you did.

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A very brave pediatrician

By Mike Huckabee

A very brave pediatrician has dared to openly take a stand against the politically-correct trend of pumping drugs and hormones into children who are confused about their genders. She points out multiple ways in which transgender politics are riding roughshod over known medical facts and peer-reviewed studies, leading to a wave of “large scale child abuse.”

I salute the doctor, who is not merely a highly-qualified and experienced pediatrician but the president of the American College of Pediatricians. I just fear that she might not be allowed to hold that position much longer in the current PC witch hunt climate, where institutions routinely knuckle under to whoever has the loudest media megaphone and truth is no longer a defense against alleged thought crimes.

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A heartening week

By Mike Huckabee

This has been a heartening week for those who despair of the future and younger generations. First came a story noting that the current youngest generation is, in many ways, more conservative than their parents. And now this: a study by a University of Utah researcher found that younger Americans are less likely to cheat on their spouses than older Americans are.

Despite living in a relentlessly sexualized atmosphere filled with amoral messages from the media, the number of Americans who admit to having extramarital affairs has held steady at around 16% for many years. But starting around 2004, the number over 55 (those who lived through the so-called “Sexual Revolution”) who admit cheating on their spouses began rising, while the number of adulterers below 55 began falling. In addition, the rate of teenage sex has dropped significantly since 1990. Despite all the talk of open marriages and multiple partners, the researcher predicts that “we should anticipate a future of more monogamous marriage.”

The reason isn’t clear, but one theory is that young people have been watching their elders and concluding that sex without limits isn’t making people happier. Maybe that will go down as the best legacy of the ‘60s hippie, "free love" generation: that it served as a very effective bad example to America’s youth.

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President Trump keeps his word

By Mike Huckabee

Donald Trump vowed that he would not keep his presidential salary but would donate it to public works. That’s another campaign promise he’s keeping: he donated his first quarterly paycheck of over $78,000 toward restoring and preserving the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, to insure that future generations can learn about its history and meaning.

Antietam was the bloodiest one-day battle of the Civil War. Over the course of just 12 hours, 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing as the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion of the north was repelled, leading to Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. At a time when a lot of people are busily removing Civil War monuments in an effort to cleanse history of political incorrectness, we need such reminders more than ever.

This is also worth remembering the next time you start to wonder if every paycheck given to a politician in Washington is a waste of tax money.

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Food stamp thoughts

By Mike Huckabee

During the Obama Administration, the number of food stamp recipients skyrocketed, reaching record levels as work-for-welfare requirements were dropped. From 2000 to 2013, the annual cost of the federal SNAP program quadrupled to $80 billion. But now, some states are starting to require able-bodied food stamp recipients with no children either to work or to take job training.

Result: food stamp enrollment numbers in those states are plummeting. Louisiana Rep. Garrett Graves said that a program meant to help the vulnerable had become a lifestyle, encouraging people to choose government assistance over work and personal responsibility, which is a disservice both to them and the taxpayers.

Of course, there will always be claims from the left that this is cruelly taking food from the mouths of the poor. This story includes a surprise response to that: a study found that after Kansas instituted work requirements for food stamps in 2013, enrollment not only dropped by 75%, but 60% of the recipients found a job within one year. On average, their annual income rose by 127%.

To put it as succinctly as I can: Work works!


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