Starving Artists and Storefront Churches

Interesting post from Beliefnet about the potential for national health insurance to promote entrepreneurship and religious freedom.

This is where the folks at Living Word Holiness Revival and the folks at AS220 can meet on common ground. Tony Jones writes about the cost of catastrophic health insurance for his family, and how little health security his expensive plan actually provides.

As a small-business owner, and independent writer/speaker/consultant, I know first-hand that health care costs can be crippling, and they are a huge disincentive for entrepeneurialism, in the for-profit or non-profit world.

In fact, if there is an affordable, national, government-backed health insurance program, I think we will see a huge exodus — in the corporate world, from big corporations; and in the church world, from big denominations. More of us who are wired up as entrepreneurs and risk-takers will jump ship and go it alone. And, IMHO, that will be a huge boon to the US economy and to the life of Protestantism in America.

Health care reform means making access to health care affordable for every American. Working people who are not covered by their jobs, young people out of college, and small business owners are some of the worst off. When people become disabled, we cover them. We cover the elderly, the veterans, and government workers. Big businesses insure their employees, small businesses pay more because they don’t have a large risk pool. This works against small business and self-employed. We’re actually paying a very high price, in human terms and in lost creativity, for protecting insurance corporations from competition.

Recession 101

Seen a lot of those billboards while riding around town. I think they’re supposed to boost my morale or something but they just make me nervous. Who is paying for them? How are they paying for them? What are they trying to sell? Happy days are here again, I guess.

My neighborhood coffee shop is a vacant storefront now but the empty place next door, that sold used baby clothes, is under renovation. I think it’s a restaurant that’s going to sell something fried. I wonder if the owners know that a D&D and a bakery that was heavy on the sugar both opened and closed on this street within a couple of years.

The Dow is better, if the employment picture improves we will really be on our way, and I won’t have to worry that the billboards are someone’s sense of irony.

Liberty Prevails

I missed the email Thursday calling all friends of the Liberty to come on down and buy gift certificates, but I made it there for breakfast today. The Liberty Elm will stay open, the owner is working out a tax payment plan. They need lots of people to go there and eat eggs, so remember–free range eggs are loaded with Omega-3’s.

Best of all, my art will stay up on the walls for a while longer as the next show is not ready yet. I have my eye on September 2010 for an encore. Just haven’t done the art yet.

Look for the Liberty on TV in the Fall.