Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, May 9, 2016

President Obama calls for higher minimum wage following disappointing job report
Jeva Lange, The Week

Following the weakest job report in seven months, President Obama spoke to the press Friday about the economy and publicly called for Congress to raise the minimum wage.

Half a Billion of Our Children Are Growing Up in War, Famine and Other Catastrophes
Annalisa Merelli, Quartz

An estimated 462 million children of school age live in countries affected by humanitarian crises—including war, famine, and deadly epidemics—a UNICEF report published on May 4 found.

How to solve charter schools’ biggest challenge
Jenn Hatfield and Ian Lindquist, U.S. News & World Report

Since the turn of the century, there has been an explosion in student demand for charter schools. The number of charter schools has more than quadrupled during that time, from roughly 1,500 to over 6,800, yet the number of students on waitlists topped one million for the first time in 2014.

Could Adam Smith Have Loved Distributism?
Alexander Salter, The Imaginative Conservative

[T]here are, I contend, several areas where those who are intrigued by distributism, and those who are practicing, mainline political-economists, can find common ground. The most promising common ground lies in the selection of means for advancing similar, or even common, ends.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 6, 2016

Should Courts Get to Define Religion?
Michael O’Loughlin, The Atlantic

The Massachusetts Supreme Court will decide whether a local shrine should be tax-exempt—a decision that could have broad implications for faith organizations in America.

The Best (and Worst) Cities for School Choice
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

School choice works. But it takes more than good intentions to succeed. Talent, leadership, infrastructure, culture and money are all key variables in the equation. The product is an environment that fosters educational opportunity.

How Cheap Energy Helps American Families
The American Interest

Oil and gas prices have fallen quite a bit since the summer of 2014—Brent crude has dropped 66 percent over the past 21 months while the Henry Hub natural gas benchmark price fell 62 percent over the same period.

The Myth That Regulation Can Stop Financial Crises
Mollie McNeill, The Daily Signal

Regulation doesn’t prevent financial crises—a fact that the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act conveniently ignored.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Finding God in a Financial Crisis
The Atlantic

Though I hadn’t even been inside of a church in 30 years, I wound up going one day, sobbing to the reverend after service. I was lost, and I knew it.

A Look Into Washington’s Crony Dealmaking Process
Bryan Riley, The Daily Signal

The legislative campaign behind this mandate highlights what the debate over free trade vs. protectionism is all about.

Finding Hope in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Raleigh Sadler, TGC

man trafficking, or the exploitation of vulnerabilities for commercial gain, can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This type of injustice is nothing new. As a matter of fact, human trafficking can be seen throughout ancient literature, even leaving its mark on the Hebrew Scriptures.

Almost Four in Ten Families with Children Say They Are Struggling Financially
Anna Sutherland, Family Studies

38 percent of American families with children under 18 reported struggling to get by financially in 2014.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Conservatives in Congress urge shutdown of tax-collecting IRS
Susan Cornwell, Reuters

It’s a U.S. taxpayer’s dream: make the Internal Revenue Service go away, and the largest conservative group in Congress is endorsing just that.

The Left Replaces Rule of Law with Rule of Politics
Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

The rule of law based merely upon ideological prescriptions fashioned by men essentially becomes a rule of politics.

Why Trump’s Government Spending Will Destroy The Economy
Willis L. Krumholz, The Federalist

Many GOP voters think they’re getting something new in Donald Trump. Actually, they are opting for Bushonomics and Obamanomics on steroids.

The Crime of Nations: The Underappreciated Role of Family Factors
Robert VerBruggen, Family Studies

Nations with young mothers and absent fathers also tend to have high crime rates.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law
Daniel Wiessner, Reuters

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by business groups to a trendsetting Seattle law that will raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, leaving in place a lower court’s decision to uphold the statute.

Is religious liberty an American foreign policy priority?
Travis Wussow, ERLC

While the designation of countries of particular concern this year was an important step, the United States can be doing more. Promoting and protecting international religious freedom must be a key priority within American foreign policy.

Illinois school settles separation of church and state case
Alan Scher Zagier , Associated Press

An Illinois public school that requires students who ride the bus to arrive early for optional religious instruction at a Roman Catholic parish has agreed to discontinue the practice in response to a legal challenge.

The Road To Serfdom, In Cartoons
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge

For everyone (and on this site we hope this is everyone) who has read Hayek’s Road to Serfdom before, feel free to “reread” it for the cartoons. For everyone else: read it now.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, May 2, 2016

You Are $13,000 Poorer Because of Federal Regulations
Ronald Bailey,

New study quantifies the damage to economic growth that the accumulation of regulations causes.

Frugality is Hard to Afford
A. Yesim Orhun and Mike Palazzolo, Social Science Research Network

We find that the financial losses low income households incur due to underutilization of these strategies can be as large as half of the savings they accrue by purchasing cheaper brands.

US Commission on Civil Rights Fails to Understand Religious Liberty Laws
Jane Clark Scharl, The Daily Signal

A nine-page dissent released by two members of the eight-member commission defended both the commonsense nature of the religious freedom legislation attacked by the majority and the motives of those advocating for such laws.

Are We Going in Circles Concerning Freedom and Economic Growth?
James Clark, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Economic freedom and flourishing may be correlated, but this does not tell us whether there is a direct causal relationship between them.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 29, 2016

House Committee Votes to Require Women to Register for Draft
Associated Press

A House committee has approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that requires women to register for the military draft.

It’s time to rename capitalism
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Maybe “capitalism” really isn’t the right word for the free enterprise system, the deep magic that has made America the richest, most powerful nation on Earth.

America’s Uneasy History with Free Trade
I. M. Destler, Harvard Business Review

We seem to be awash in opinions about free trade these days. From U.S. presidential campaign rhetoric to the recently signed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, it might feel like this debate has just started. But debate over trade is as old as the American republic, and it is intertwined with economic theories of competition and geopolitics.

Elon Musk, Crony Capitalist
Veronique de Rugy,

The billionaire should spend his own money, not the taxpayers’.