Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Employers Are Mediating Institutions, Too
David Lapp, Family Studies

What about employers who pay poverty wages and shepherd people into government dependence?

Concern for the Poor Involves Considering the True Nature of Poverty
Paul Cleveland, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Poverty is a symptom or a signal. It is not a thing and it is not evil in and of itself.

Study: NIMBYism Makes States More Liberal
The American Interest

According to a recent study from Jason Sorens of Dartmouth University (h/t Tyler Cowen), states’ land use regulations don’t just affect their economies; they affect their political complexions as well.

Study: The Most Generous Cities All Have This One Thing In Common

Thomas Phippen, The Daily Caller

In the most generous cities in America, most adults donate overwhelmingly through local churches, according to a new study.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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The Greatest Thinker You’ve Never Read: Ludwig von Mises
Art Carden, Forbes

Had he not passed away at the tender age of 92 in 1973, Ludwig von Mises would have turned 131 years old today. In my humble opinion, he was the greatest social thinker of the twentieth century.

The Top 5 Struggles of Christian Business Leaders
Jeff Haanen

Behind the veneer of confidence, bold risk-taking, and decisive leadership, all of us in positions of influence struggle – especially CEOs.

Progressives embrace religious liberty to defend social action
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service

American progressives have long recoiled from arguments based on religious freedom, often seeing it as the wars of culture in another guise, but now they are using those arguments themselves to defend social action from tent cities for the homeless to solar panels.

Did Welfare Reform Reduce Poverty? Define ‘Poverty’
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg

As the 1990s wore on into the 2000s, some of the critics began to moderate. Poverty didn’t rise as the doomsayers had predicted.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, August 29, 2016
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Diocese says government slow to resolve contraception impasse
Ann Rodgers, Catholic News Service

The Pittsburgh Diocese continues to try to resolve the issues it has with mandated insurance coverage of things which it finds religiously objectionable.

Can Satellites Learn to ‘See’ Poverty?
Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

A new team improves on the old “Earth at Night” technique.

Nobody In America Lives On $2 Per Day
Scott Winship, The Federalist

Contrary to what some say, welfare reform has not increased the number of Americans living, like people in the Third World, on $2 per day.

Four Lessons from the People Who Made Welfare Reform Happen
Patrick Brennan, Opportunity Lives

The legislation cut poverty rates (especially for children) dramatically, got millions of poor Americans to work and may have even played a role in cutting teen pregnancy.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, August 26, 2016
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Don’t Blame Capitalism for Your Pricey EpiPen
Jay Stooksberry, FEE

What is usually left out in any anti-capitalist blather written in response to this controversy is an accurate depiction of how free markets actually work.

The Feudal Origins of America’s Most-Hated Tax
Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Property tax—one of the most criticized taxes on U.S. residents—stems from a system put in place by William the Conqueror.

Surprise! Minimum Wage Hikes Lead to Massive Job Losses in DC Restaurants
Opportunity Lives

Eight jobs a day, every day. That’s how many jobs were lost in the restaurant industry of Washington, D.C. alone during the past six months.

With Wyoming Judge’s Case, Left Aims To Ban Religious People From Legal Field
Holly Scheer, The Federalist

The case of Judge Ruth Neely in Wyoming shows, in stark clarity, that it doesn’t actually matter whether religious people do their jobs well and keep their religion to themselves.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Is Rising Extreme Poverty a Myth?
Robert VerBruggen, Family Studies

Critics argue that welfare reform made the poor even poorer. New research shows otherwise.

Protecting the conscience: A battle between pharmacists and Washington state
Barrett Duke, ERLC

The state’s total lack of concern for conscience in this matter is distressing.

The last country to abolish slavery is jailing its anti-slavery activists
Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz

Thirteen anti-slavery campaigners were sentenced for up to 15 years in prison in Mauritania last week, for their role in a protest aimed at denouncing the practice of slavery in the country.

Find Out How Many Jobs Your State Could Lose With a $15 Minimum Wage
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

According to a new study from The Heritage Foundation, proposals at the state and federal levels to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour would lead to job losses in nearly all states and the District of Columbia.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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First Worldwide Meta-Analysis Proves the Benefits of School Choice
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

Now a new study, the first-ever worldwide meta-analysis on the benefits or faults of providing school choice in relation to student success, has shown Friedman’s ideas to be systematically accurate.

In Louisiana, Private Disaster Relief Outperforms the Government
FEE

One of the greatest stories of the Louisiana flooding is how the people and free markets are playing a role in helping to both rescue people and deliver relief much quicker than the government.

Not Two Kingdoms, But Two Ages
Jonathan Leeman, TGC

Luther’s two kingdoms also divides the person between inner and outer, and places a spiritual government over one and a secular government over the other. But does the Bible divide things so cleanly?

Crimes and no punishment
The Economist

Violence is only one of the problems faced by Christians in Egypt.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Marriage Reduces Child Poverty, but Our Welfare System Penalizes Marriage
Paul Draper, The Daily Signal

According to a recently released study from the American Enterprise Institute, 82 percent of lower-middle-class families with young children face “marriage penalties” in the welfare system.

Water fee taps Detroit churches
Nicholas G. Hahn III,The Detroit News

More than 400 properties will see “a significant increase in billing of more than 200 percent per month,” says department director Gary Brown. And several of those properties, Brown said, are owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Reminder: Obamacare Is Still A Giant Cronyistic Disaster
David Harsanyi, The Federalist

The problem isn’t that Aetna is leaving the Obamacare exchanges. The problem is that Aetna was in the exchanges to begin with

Who’s Afraid of Religious Liberty?
Richard Samuelson, Mosaic

Seeking to prohibit every kind of “discrimination,” activists in and out of government threaten the free practice of, among other faiths, Judaism.