Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, August 19, 2016
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Is Religious Freedom in the National Interest?
Peter Berger, The American Interest

One would think so if one looks at its place in official Washington.

How These States Ensure Welfare Dollars Aren’t Used for Alcohol, Lottery Tickets
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

A new state law in Maine went into effect last month prohibiting welfare recipients from purchasing items like alcohol, lottery tickets, and tattoos with their welfare funds.

The 3 Preconditions for an Entrepreneurial Society
Julian Birkinshaw, Harvard Business Review

For the entrepreneurial society to properly take hold, we need three things as individuals: means, motive, and opportunity.

Capitalism Is About the Rest of Us, Not the Wealthy
Mark J. Perry, FEE

It’s an important and powerful insight that a disproportionate share of the benefits of capitalism, free markets, innovation, new products, trade, and technological advances go to the average person, and not to the wealthy as progressives like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would have us believe.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, August 18, 2016
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How the Rise of the Commoner Enriched the World
David S. D’Amato, FEE

The new, liberal equality of the Bourgeois era undermined the foundations of this rank- and class-based world.

Why Making College ‘Free’ Won’t Help The Poor
David Sabey, The Federalist

I have taught some of the poorest Americans, so I know it is laughable to think most poor students fail to graduate from college simply because it costs too much.

Venezuela Hasn’t Hit Rock Bottom Yet
The American Interest

Venezuela’s oil production has been declining all year, and the prospects for the country’s most important industry aren’t looking any brighter in the coming months, either.

Religious liberty protection around the world
Travis Wussow, ERLC

The IRF report is a crucial tool for the nongovernmental community and other governments in that the report has a strong reputation and is widely respected across the international religious freedom community.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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Why Millennials Are in No Hurry to Take On Debt

Nathaniel Popper, New York Times

Building a credit history holds less appeal for young Americans who had trouble paying off student loans and saw their families’ struggles during the financial crisis.

West Virginia Court Blocks “Right-to-Work” Law, Restricts Worker Choice
Trey Kovacs, Competitive Enterprise Institute

On August 10, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that a Kanawha County circuit judge had issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of West Virginia’s right-to-work law.

In a Country Ravaged by Human Trafficking, This Company Offers the Residents Hope
Tami Nantz, Opportunity Lives

With an unemployment rate of nearly 50 percent, the people of Nepal are desperate for work. Half of the approximately 28 million people live in poverty with little hope of ever having a better life.

Payday Loans’ Potentially Predatory Replacement
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

As lenders respond to impending regulations by pushing different products, many fear that borrowers won’t be protected.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Why You Spend Two Hours To See Your Doctor For 8 Minutes
Michael T. Hamilton, The Federalist

Most likely, the culprit isn’t your doctor, but a dastardly duo: federal reporting requirements and the industry’s entrenched health insurance model.

New York, New York is a Conservative Town
David Duke, Sweet Talk

I rubbed my eyes in disbelief when I saw them: “These people are conservatives. This is a conservative town.” Capitalism lay naked throughout the city, one gigantic open market, freely flowing, constantly innovating.

Poor Countries Need Market Access, Not “Assistance”
Nate Mason, FEE

Pretending free trade and international economic development are separate issues facilitates a self-serving narrative that allows Americans to feel good about themselves while maintaining exploitative and self-defeating policies toward poor countries.

Entrepreneurship Needs to Be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid
Steven R. Koltai, Harvard Business Review

Here are two surprising facts. First, the average American estimates that over 25% of the U.S. federal budget goes to foreign aid. That is wildly off. It is actually only 1% of the federal budget, or $35 billion for all nonmilitary assistance. Second fact: just 1% of that 1% goes toward promoting entrepreneurship.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, August 15, 2016
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The Global Poor Desperately Need a Thing You Can’t Taste or Touch: Property Rights
Michael Matheson Miller, The Stream

Rio’s poor lack a much more important ticket than one to the Olympics. They lack a ticket into the game of capitalism. They lack property rights.

The Left’s War on Grit
Eric Bolling, The Daily Signal

I hate the question, “What’s the secret of your success?” There is no secret to being successful. Ask anybody who is successful and they will say some version of the same thing—perseverance, mental toughness, or my personal favorite: grit.

Here’s What You Can Do To Keep Government From Crushing Religious Charities
Frank Pavone, The Federalist

Despite losing in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration is still reluctant to stop forcing charities to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. But we can help.

The Millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Barely Mention: The Poor
Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times

The United States, the wealthiest nation on Earth, also abides the deepest poverty of any developed nation, but you would not know it by listening to Hillary Clinton or Donald J. Trump, the major parties’ presidential nominees.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, August 12, 2016
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Black Pastors Are Breaking the Law to Get Hillary Clinton Elected
Emma Green, The Atlantic

According to a new survey from Pew Research Center, roughly 9 percent of people who have attended religious services in the last few months have heard clergy speak out in favor of a political candidate, and roughly 11 percent have heard clergy speak in opposition. What’s remarkable, though, is how much this is apparently happening at one particular kind of church: those run by black Protestants.

How Wal-Mart Serves the Poorest Americans
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

Regularly lambasted as an enemy of working people and a destroyer of local communities, Wal-Mart isn’t exactly America’s favorite company. Yet if liberals were truly focused on raising opportunity for low-income Americans, they would shower Wal-Mart with praise.

The Pay Gap Myth and Other Lies That Won’t Die
Thomas Sowell, National Review

Rigorous research demonstrates that pay levels are determined by career decisions, not by the prejudices of employers.

Unpacking the Lies We Believe about Work (and the Biblical Truths to Counter Them)
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The culture of a workplace influences the satisfaction of the people who work there. What is culture in this context? The values, attitudes, and actions of people from the top leadership on down. And all of these things are influenced by character.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, August 11, 2016
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Here Are 7 Ways Free Trade Has Helped Michigan
Tori Whiting, The Daily Signal

In 2010, the Michigan economy was on the rocks—715,000 people were out of work, and the Great Lakes State’s gross domestic product had contracted by 7.6 percent by the time the recession ended. Today, Michigan is the comeback state, and international trade plays a vital role in its growth.

Should Christians Save for Retirement?
Randy Alcorn, Eternal Pespective Ministries

Scripture do we see God calling healthy people to stop working. So before we think about saving for retirement, we should reexamine our thinking about retirement itself.

No Regulation Without Representation
Mark Meuser, The Federalist

While the phrase “No taxation without representation” became the rallying cry, it is important to understand that people in the American colonies were upset at more than just taxation.

Christians say defeating Islamic State won’t make Iraq safe for them
Associated Press

As operations to retake the militant-held city of Mosul ramp up, Iraqi Christians displaced from the area by the Islamic State group say that even if the militants are defeated militarily, the country will not be safe for minorities, including the once-prominent Christian presence in the region.