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What unites all of these stories is the growing failure of America’s local associations — civic, familial, religious — to foster stability, encourage solidarity and make mobility possible.
This is a crisis that the Republican Party often badly misunderstands, casting Democratic-leaning voters as lazy moochers or spoiled children seeking “gifts” (as a certain former Republican presidential nominee would have it) rather than recognizing the reality of their economic struggles.
But if conservatives don’t acknowledge the crisis’s economic component, liberalism often seems indifferent to its deeper social roots. The progressive bias toward the capital-F Future, the old left-wing suspicion of faith and domesticity, the fact that Democrats have benefited politically from these trends — all of this makes it easy for liberals to just celebrate the emerging America, to minimize the costs of disrupted families and hollowed-out communities, and to treat the places where Americans have traditionally found solidarity outside the state (like the churches threatened by the Obama White House’s contraceptive mandate) as irritants or threats.
Where's the coverage? The Turkish war on the Kurds
Same place the coverage of the Christian Karen's, the Sudanese, and the Marsh Arabs went. Like pieces of a puzzle from a different box, if the biased liberal journalist (got to find another word for those people) can't fit it into the picture they already have in their head, they toss it.
re Cows Flee California Seeking a Better Economic Climate
The article is a disappointment.
1) 400 cows is nothing in the dairy business. One would need more evidence to cite than this.
2) There are other reasons for dairies to leave the state. Proximity to suburban populations, environmental regulations, and taxes also figure into the equation for dairies leaving California. No mention of that made here as it doesn't fit the narrative.
3) It is not entirely the fault of ethanol that commodity prices have skyrocketed as stated in the article. There are other factors besides ethanol driving high commodity prices. Rising world demand, a worldwide drought and money printing figure prominently into the rise of commodity prices. Again, doesn't fit the narrative so these reasons are omitted.
4) I doubt that California cheese producers are happy with their sources of supply leaving. At some point local prices will rise as the supply is reduced. I would speculate cheese producers would be more concerned than happy.
If Frezza wants to make the argument that dairy subsidies are bad public policy, fine. Just make a more honest argument than this.