"At issue is the "risk corridors" program, which aims to stabilize the insurance market on the new health insurance exchanges during the early years of Obamacare. Because the law requires insurers to offer coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and limits how much insurers can charge older and sicker patients, insurers who join the exchanges risk getting stuck with a disproportionate number of older and sicker beneficiaries, translating into losses that could discourage companies from participating."
"In his view, the elitists are also "the ones who want subsidies in the farm program," who "run around telling us that backyard chickens are hazardous", look to "factory farms as the answer", say you can’t "build a pond on your farm, that’s water hoarding", think farming is only "for those kind of people," deny people the ability to operate stills and grow hemp, and zone people out of running businesses from their own homes or land. The elitists are "the Republicans who want to be in bed with Monsanto" and "the Democrats who want to govern every morsel of food we put in our mouths."
We hear “you (libertarians) don’t care about food deserts,” said Salatin, but it’s just that we see different solutions than many on the left:
The anwer to the urban poverty and hunger situation is not government programs and food banks, the answer is all those vacant lots in all the parts of the city… (food) that can then be taken by the neighbors into their own kitchens… They turn that into quiche and pot pies and heavy stews, and sell it in the neighborhood, and they satisfy their hunger from the inside out, not the outside in.
The elitist, Salatin continued, “is the one who promotes a cultural system where if such a thing were to happen, within five minutes five bureaucrats would be knocking on the door” asking about permits and whether the food was made in a certified commercial kitchen. “The elitists are the ones who want to preclude entrepreneurialism (and instead) have somebody come in and protect all these poor people who don’t know anything.”“
Food is the next front in the battle against the totalitarian left (but I repeat myself) and the crapitalist right.
"The logic of education reform always points to more education reform. With experts having shown they didn’t really know how to improve education on a broad scale, and with state school officials having proved themselves in many cases to be cheats and bunco artists, the solution was clear to every educationist: State school officials should get together with experts to come up with a new reform. Except this time it would work."
The larger point here is not the fundraising methodology of an increasingly fringe personality. It is that no one – nil, not a single person – can escape religion. Even hardcore atheists end up with religious zeal. It is quite easy to avoid organized, official religion of course. Just don’t show up at church. But no one is able to not believe. Those who profess to be able to are just subscribing to an alternative set of beliefs. They are rejecting certain dogmas on the basis of their own unproven assumptions. They are deconstructing other people’s faith while remaining blind to their own faith.
I imagine a future in the church when the call to chastity would no longer sound like a dreary sentence to lifelong loneliness for a gay Christian like me. I imagine Christian communities in which friendships are celebrated and honored—where it’s normal for families to live near or with single people; where it’s expected that celibate gay people would form significant attachments to other single people, families, and pastors; where it’s standard practice for friends to spend holidays together or share vacations; where it’s not out of the ordinary for friends to consider staying put, resisting the allure of constant mobility, for the sake of their friendships. I imagine a church where genuine love isn’t located exclusively or even primarily in marriage, but where marriage and friendship and other bonds of affection are all seen as different forms of the same love we all are called to pursue.
By shifting our practice of friendship to a more committed, honored form of love, we can witness—above all—to a kingdom in which the ties between spiritual siblings are the strongest ties of all. Marriage, Jesus tells us, will be entirely transformed in the future, barely recognizable to those who know it in its present form (Matt. 22:30). Bonds of biology, likewise, are relativized in Jesus’ world (Mark 3:31–35). But the loves that unite Christians to each other across marital, racial, and familial lines are loves that will last. More than that, they are loves that witness that Christ’s love is available to all. Not everyone can be a parent or a spouse, but anyone and everyone can be a friend.