October 23, 2017
Vol. 23, No. 07
Books & Arts
Boise State political science professor Scott Yenor is a conservative. He wrote a piece about the sexual revolution, feminism, and transgenderism. The next thing he knew, the students were protesting him, the faculty senate was investigating him, and the university's diversity enforcer was tying him to the white supremacist murder and mob in Charlottesville.
Celebrities are mostly left-wingers. The statement is boringly obvious to any mildly intelligent person. But we still have to say it because the celebrities themselves don’t seem to know it. Indeed, the high-profile personalities of our entertainment industry seem to think of themselves as possessors of wisdom and truth rather than as adherents of any distinct political outlook.
This thought occurred to us when we read the late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel’s remarks to the New York Times on October 17. In September, Kimmel used his nightly monologues to censure Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) for introducing legislation that would substantially change the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray reached a bipartisan deal on Tuesday to reinstate subsidies paid to insurers for lowering costs on certain low-income insurance enrollees. This “cost-sharing” process is a one-two step: One, a carrier reduces the amount of health expenses a particular plan-holder has to front, and two, the government reimburses the carrier for doing it. There’s a catch here: Both of these things are required by law.
So when the Trump administration announced it would discontinue making the payments to insurers, the president was not ending the relief insurers provide to the people they cover. There are some economic implications to what the president’s team did, but not as many as
"I want to start by acknowledging the indigenous people of this land and honor them. Nonindigenous people are guests on this land."
It’s a balmy evening in late July, and I’m in the audience for what I thought was a “Breathing Economic Democracy Teach-In” at the Museum of Capitalism. But our host, Ricardo S. Nuñez of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, is just setting the tone by reminding us all of our status as oppressors. Nuñez, an energetic young man with a hipster mustache, quickly pivots to the theme for the evening: “Imagining alternatives to existing capitalist society.” He uses the word “awesome” a lot.
The hardest thing about teaching, and teaching middle school especially, is all the stuff you can’t cover with students on the fragile border between childhood and young adulthood. You can’t do it all, and you shouldn’t try. The mark of a good teacher is that she cuts the right amount of difficult detail from a lesson, saving the most appropriate and comprehensible complications—and then leaving just enough unanswered to draw a curious child back from daydreaming.
But as seen in one southern Mississippi school district’s recent decision to spare eighth graders the discomfort of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, cutting too much of the complicated stuff also defeats the purpose of school.
Why does Congress allow donations to college football programs to be tax deductible? Ryan Brewer, a professor at the wonderfully named Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, showed last month that the Ohio State, Texas, and Oklahoma football programs all are worth at least $1 billion, with Ohio State topping the inventory at a $1.5 billion valuation. Yet donations to these programs are tax deductible, as are most donations to college athletics.
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