Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 28, 2016
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The Cumulative Cost of Regulations
Bentley Coffey, Patrick McLaughlin, Pietro Peretto, Mercatus Center

Federal regulations have accumulated over many decades, piling up over time. When regulators add more rules to the pile, analysts often consider the likely benefits and compliance costs of the additional rules. But regulations have a greater effect on the economy than analysis of a single rule in isolation can convey.

The Spirituality of Snoopy
Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic

How the faith of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, shaped his work.

Venezuela’s Government Just Instituted a Two-Day Workweek, Because It Needs to Save Electricity
Jordan Weissmann, Slate

Venezuela’s years-long economic disintegration hit a sad new milestone on Tuesday, when President Nicolas Maduro announced that government employees would work only on Mondays and Tuesdays for at least the next two weeks to save scarce electricity.

Summit aims to halt anti-Christian persecution
Catholic News Agency

This week’s #WeAreN2016 Congress aims to call on the world to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities. Victims of persecution and leaders from around the world will speak about the need for action in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Three Ideas for Supporting Low-Wage Workers
David Lapp, Family Studies

Reforming the earned income tax credit’s payment structure could make it even more helpful to working Americans.

Why K-12 education needs the entrepreneurial spirit
Frederick M. Hess, AEI Ideas

The entrepreneurial premise is that American education is in need of transformative improvement.

America’s high school seniors’ reading and math scores have hit a wall
Joy Resmovits, L.A. Times

America’s high school seniors’ reading and math test scores are barely holding steady or slumping, according to national standardized test results released late Tuesday.

What a 19th Century Political Thinker Can Teach Us About ‘True’ Conservativism
Robert Moffit , The Daily Signal

There is a North Star that should simultaneously guide and unify American conservatives: fidelity to the Constitution and a clear understanding of what Alexander Hamilton called the “new political science” undergirding it.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Is Religious Liberty Biblical?
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion, a broader concept than freedom of worship. It covers the right to live a faith-based life in the public square. Is this a biblical idea or a humanistic opinion with no scriptural foundation?

Are You Crunchy? Thank Capitalism
Bethany Mandel, The Federalist

You can eat free-range eggs, organic kale, fresh juice from your Vitamix, and cruelty-free meat. For that, thank a country that boasts more economic freedom than most.

Eritrean Christians Face A Time of Great Tribulation
Michael Avramovich, Mere Comments

Eritrea’s dictator is Isaias Afwerki, who has ruled his nation as a single-party authoritarian state since 1993. His government’s human rights record is among the worst in the world.

How the ‘Evil Corporation’ Became a Pop-Culture Trope
Angela Allan, The Atlantic

Seventy-five years of American films and novels have articulated deep-seated fears of the power of business.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 25, 2016
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What if the one percent actually help poor people live longer?
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Bernie Sanders has done well in the Democratic primary race with his populist message against Wall Street and the 1%. But what if poor people actually benefit from living in a city with a lot of rich people?

Licensing Laws Are Shutting Young People Out Of The Job Market
Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight

Young people entering the job market have always faced challenges: a lack of skills and experience, limited professional networks, unfamiliarity with workplace culture and expectations. But increasingly, they are also facing another obstacle: legal requirements that can shut off avenues to jobs before they even get the chance to apply.

Free trade critics love to cite this economist. But he actually thinks trade is essential.
Zach Beuchamp, Vox

Gordon Hanson is an economist at the University of California San Diego, and you’d expect him to be a fierce critic of free trade. He’s a co-author of perhaps the most famous study showing the downside of trade for American workers, which concluded that exports from China in the 1990s and 2000s cost the US a huge number of manufacturing jobs. Yet Hanson is anything but anti-trade.

How highly religious Americans’ lives are different from others
Michael Lipka, Pew Research Center

Plenty of attention has been paid to the political disagreements between highly religious and less religious Americans, including on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. But there has been less talk about how these groups differ – when they do – in how they live their everyday lives.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 22, 2016
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Americans average 35 hours a year filling out government forms
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

The federal government interacts with citizens by means of about 23,000 separate forms, finds an analysis of Washington’s paperwork situation by the American Action Forum.

Four Conservative Ways to Better Support the Homeless
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

Washington, D.C. is a city of power and wealth and all the trappings thereof. With many high-end bars and restaurants, affluent Millennials, and a buzzing art and music scene, it’s a good place to live. But like many American cities, Washington is also home to thousands who live on the streets.

Payday Lending: Will Anything Better Replace It?
The Atlantic

The practice is slowly being regulated out of existence. But it’s unclear where low-income Americans will find short-term loans instead.

What the history of England’s clockmakers tells us about free enterprise and prosperity
James Pethokoukis, The American

Early in the book, Boorstin presents the history of early scientific instrument making — such as clocks and watches — and how England had the edge over France in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 21, 2016
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The Downside of the Tax Credit That Keeps Millions Out of Poverty
David Lapp, Family Studies

The tax credit that keeps millions of Americans out of poverty also sends many into a boom-and-bust financial cycle.

Congressman Dave Brat On Why Theologians Should Understand Free Markets
The Federalist

Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia talks about the national debt, the non-existent war between the right and the left, and the decline of religion on Federalist Radio.

Why You’re Already a Conservative Even if You Don’t Realize It
Joseph Williams, Gradient

So what is conservatism, and why are you already a conservative even if that word makes you cringe?

3 charged with several crimes in Flint water crisis
Associated Press

Two state regulators and a Flint employee were charged Wednesday with evidence tampering and several other felony and misdemeanor counts related to the Michigan city’s lead-tainted water crisis.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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How To Use Documentary In Addressing Poverty, Foreign Aid, And Compassion
The Federalist

Co-producer, Mark Weber, explains how “Poverty, Inc.” interviewed over 200 people in 20 countries to understand foreign aid.

Obama Administration Admits It Could Have Respected Nuns’ Rights After All
Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal

It may have taken five years, numerous regulatory updates, hundreds of legal battles, and two trips to the Supreme Court, but the government has finally admitted that, well, maybe it was wrong about the Health and Human Services mandate.

The Problem with Sanders’ “Moral Economy”
Israel Ortega, Opportunity Lives

For Sanders, a moral economy is predicated on big government redistributive policies that treat corporations and free enterprise essentially as enemies of the people: “Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.”

The Economy Grew Last Year, But Poor Americans Needed More Charity
Real Time Economics

While broad economic measures improved last year, one measure of the acute needs of poor Americans worsened.