Category: PowerLinks

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.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Comparing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Stances on Economic Issues
Meghan Keneally Liz Kreutz , ABC News

The future of the economy is going to be at the center of the 2016 campaign this week, as Donald Trump is slated to give a major speech on the topic today and Hillary Clinton will share her views days later.

Can the United States Help Africa?
Marian L. Tupy, FEE

Most of Africa’s remaining developmental challenges are caused by domestic factors that require domestic solutions. But there are a few areas where US action could benefit both Africans and Americans.

The Violent Assault upon Virtue
Marion Montgomery, The Imaginative Conservative

It is possible to imagine a purple cow, but only after one has some experience of “cows” and ”purple.”

Why Economics Is Important for Weeding Out Corruption
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

It’s important for Christians to understand basic economic principles. It’s also important for Christians to understand the economics of public life, the decisions made outside of markets and inside politics, because all choices bring costs, regardless of the arena in which those choices are made.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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California bill threatens religious freedom, minorities and the poor
Archbishop José Gomez and Bishop Charles Blake, Crux

Current California law exempts religious schools from nondiscrimination laws in cases where applying them violates their beliefs. A new bill on higher education, however, would force faith-based institutions to choose between compromising their deeply held beliefs or risking an endless wave of costly litigation.

The Strivers Punished by Marriage Penalties
David Lapp, Family Studies

Marriage penalties do prevent some couples from marrying, but they aren’t a factor for most.

Why It’s So Hard To Regulate Payday Lenders
Astra Taylor, The New Yorker

Georgia’s experience shows that even the most robust and well-considered regulations of the payday-loan business don’t always have the desired effects.

The Biblical Definition of True Happiness
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The Bible talks about happiness, but defines it differently than our culture. When the Bible mentions happiness, it is speaking of something that is self-contained. The happiness the Bible advocates isn’t dependent on circumstances.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, August 8, 2016
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Protectionism Will Not Relieve the Plight of the Working Class
Cathy Reisenwitz, FEE

A recent study showed that 85% of the job losses in manufacturing from 2000 to 2010 resulted from productivity growth, not outsourcing. The Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University found that in that period 5.6 million factory jobs disappeared, but trade accounted for just 13% of those job losses.

Forget Everything You Were Told About Poverty
Israel Ortega , Opportunity Lives

What if everything we think we know about poverty is wrong? And what if the way we are addressing poverty is only making things worse? These are just but a couple of the many provocative questions raised in the landmark poverty-fighting book, “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself.”

What makes governments resistant to coups? Transparency with voters.
James R. Hollyer, B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland, Washington Post

While social media are sufficiently new, and coups sufficiently infrequent to assess this claim, there’s another way to look at the link between coups and access to information.


Jobs Report: Needs To Be Reported Correctly

Ed Butowsky, Chapwood Capital

Ed Butowsky, top wealth manager in Dallas, Financial Advisor, and managing partner of Chapwood Investment Management, discusses the jobs report numbers and why it is so important to this country.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, August 5, 2016
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Is Global Warming a Sign of the End Times?
Ronald Bailey, Reason.com

The folks over at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication conducted a poll of 1,200 or so Americans regarding their religious and climate beliefs. It turns out that not insignficant percentages of Americans think that global warming is definitely or probably a sign of the approaching End Times.

Manny Pacquiao, Championship Boxer, Has a New Opponent: Philippine Poverty
Andrew Johnson, Christianity Today

From street kid to world boxing champion to national hero and global icon, Pacquiao, 37, will continue his unlikely career trajectory by pursuing a new vocation: that of evangelical politician.

How Washington Is Regulating American Indians To Death
Ramona Tausz, The Federalist

U.S. policies have turned Indian reservations into ‘small third-world countries,’ Naomi Schaefer Riley claims in her latest book.

The Anti-Human-Trafficking Crusader
Sharmilla Ganesan , The Atlantic

Agnes Igoye is building a law-enforcement system to protect Uganda’s girls.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, August 4, 2016
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A Ban on Refugees Would Shut Out More Christians than Muslims
David Bier, FEE

Because most Syrian refugees are Muslim, and Syria has received the bulk of the attention recently, many people have come to associate the refugee program exclusively with the Middle East and Muslims.

Student Loans Date Back to the Middle Ages
Jenny Adams, Time

In 1473, Alexander Hardynge, who had finished his bachelor’s degree at Oxford nearly two years previous, borrowed money through an educational loan service. The loan came with a one year repayment deadline.

These States Added Work Requirements for Food Stamp Recipients: Here’s How It’s Working Out
Nathan Mateer and Rachel Sheffield, The Daily Signal

Several states have grappled with welfare reform. A few states that have incorporated work requirements have seen encouraging outcomes that should provide a blueprint for greater welfare reform efforts nationwide.

A guide to all of Donald Trump’s flip-flops on the minimum wage
Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post

The net result is that, if elected president, no matter the decision Trump makes on the minimum wage, he certainly can claim he’s being consistent with his previous stance — since he has been on nearly every side of the issue.