Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 10, 2015

Vatican: ‘Communist crucifix’ sign of dialogue, not ideology
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

Bolivian President Evo Morales‘ controversial gift of a “Communist crucifix” to Pope Francis threatened to overshadow the pope’s visit to Bolivia on Thursday, with the Vatican and Bolivia both insisting that no offense was intended or taken.

Senate Dems Divided Over Revoking Charitable Tax Status of Religious Schools
John Mccormack, The Weekly Standard

On Wednesday, Richard Durbin, the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, said he was unsure if he would support revoking the charitable tax status of religious schools.

Obama lets Malaysia off the hook on human trafficking to achieve free trade deal
Marc A. Thiessen, AEI Ideas

In the Washington Post last month, I pointed out that the Obama Administration and Congressional Republicans were shamefully preparing to let Malaysia off the hook for its dismal record on human trafficking in order to advance a free trade agreement. Now, Reuters reports, that prediction is coming true.

Employee Theft
David Henderson, EconLog

Harry told me that after that year, Sunoco asked him if they could hire him to write a manual telling how to run a gasoline station successfully. Harry turned them down, pointing out that the manual would be very brief. In fact, it would be four words: “Guard against employee theft.”

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, July 9, 2015

15 AGs send religious liberty letter to Congress
Associated Press

As same-sex couples begin to marry in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley wants to make sure the religious liberties of citizens who object to gay marriages are protected, the state’s top law enforcement official said.

States Weigh Gay Marriage, Rights and Cake
Jack Healy, New York Times

States are wrestling with whether they can or should grant legal protections to business owners, religious groups or others who object to same-sex weddings.

The Schooling in America Survey: What do Americans think of school choice?
Natalie Runkle, AEI Ideas

Most respondents (60%) felt negatively about the current direction of K-12 education, and school choice reforms garnered majority support. Respondents viewed education savings accounts (ESAs) most favorably (62% approval), followed by school vouchers (61%) and tax-credit scholarships (60%). Charter schools experienced a dip in popularity compared to previous years, receiving only 53% approval.

Syria conflict: Belgium rescues 200 Aleppo Christians

Some 240 people, mainly Christians, have been brought out of Syria’s second city of Aleppo and taken to Belgium, the government in Brussels says.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Egypt: Coptic Orthodox Church Helps Feed Poor Muslims

In an initiative launched by the Coptic Orthodox, hundreds of poor Muslim families in the Egyptian district of Nasser in the province of Beni Suef are being fed.

The Two Forms of Social Order
Arnold Kling, Library of Economics and Liberty

In any society, who is allowed to form an organization that competes with powerful economic and political interests?

We can end poverty, but at what cost?
Chris Blattman, Washington Post

Paternalism and high price tags could mean that the charities are helping only one person when they could be helping two, three or four.

Socialism as Transableism
Anthony Sacramone, Strange Herring

No matter how many times a “redistribution of wealth” scheme proves to be the long-term impoverishment of everyone; no matter how many times a Rube Goldberg bureaucracy grinds to a halt, tripping up the very people it’s supposed to move forward; no matter how many economies socialism, right-wing or left-, destroys—it always finds a taker.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

An Eastern Orthodox Perspective On Laudato Si
John Chryssavgis, First Things

Permit me to tell you about a lesser known aspect of the papal encyclical; to offer a glimpse into a less obvious dimension of this document; to provide some insight into a very important relationship: namely, the connection between a pope and a patriarch.

Social Conservatives, Time To Drop The Grumpy Moralism: Joy Is More Powerful, And More Fun
An interview with Greg Forster, Forbes

Your book is “Joy for the World”. It’s interesting, when I read it, if you were here with me, I would show you that I wrote a two-word summary of the book in the inside cover. Two-word summary was “More singing!” with an exclamation point.

Does Freedom Need ‘Bootleggers’?
Dwight R. Lee, Regulation

Freedom “Baptists” may not need help from bootleggers.

Who-d a-thunk it? SF minimum wage increased 14% and local Chipotles just raised prices by 10-14%?
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

“There simply isn’t any magic pot of money that lets employers pay higher wages just because the government says so, without making adjustments elsewhere like cutting workers’ hours, reducing their non-cash fringe benefits, and/or passing the higher wages along to consumers in the form of higher prices.”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, July 6, 2015

School Vouchers May Head Again To Supreme Court
Joy Pullman, The Federalist

A court decision in Colorado could erase sectarian discrimination from 37 state constitutions. Or end vouchers nationwide.

High Court Will Take on Forced Unionism
Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon

The Supreme Court will rule on laws designed to force public employees into unions in its 2016 session after accepting a suit from a California teacher Tuesday.

Obergefell’s Threat to Religious Liberty
Adam Freedman, City Journal

The Supreme Court decision takes self-government out of Americans’ hands.

The Supreme Court Ruling and Christian Colleges
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Legal experts are divided. But the question of whether same-sex marriage as a national right changes the legal status of Christian colleges is no longer just theoretical.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Support Low-Income Parents Without Discouraging Marriage
Robert Cherry, Family Studies

Here’s one way to support low-income parents without discouraging them from marrying.

‘Rethinking Social Justice’: A Call to Restore Biblical Compassion
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Social justice is an elusive concept because it means so many different things to different people. One often-used definition of social justice is “giving to each what he or she is due.” The problem is knowing what is “due.”

Why Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions Should Continue
Amy Hall, Stand to Reason

Since Time is saying “Now’s the Time to End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions,” it’s important we understand why our government has not taxed religious institutions in the past. I recently explained that one reason for non-profit tax exemptions is that “the power to tax implies the power to destroy” (McCullough v. Maryland, 1816), and our government has not been given the power to govern religion. But there’s more to it than that.

Free Market Capitalists Should Celebrate Ex-Im’s Demise, But the “Eternal Vigilance” Thing
Daniel J. Ikenson, Cato At Liberty

At midnight tonight, the gears of crony capitalism will grind to a halt at 811 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. After 81 years of funneling taxpayer dollars to favored companies, projects, and geopolitical outcomes under the guise of advancing some vague conception of the “U.S. economic interest,” the Export-Import Bank of the United States will end its financing operations at midnight tonight. No more subsidies to Fortune 100 businesses.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

9 Bastiat Quotes for his 214th Birthday
Amelia Hamilton, The Stream

Exactly 214 years ago this Tuesday, Claude Frederic Bastiat was born. Before his death just 49 years later, his work on political theory and economics would make him a leader in both fields. We now remember him as a father of the Austrian and libertarian schools of thought.

Obama Plans to Expand Overtime Eligibility for Millions
Mike Dorning, Bloomberg Business

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring their employers to pay them overtime.

The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel
Vaneetha Rendall, Desiring God

When we assert that pain-free lives are God’s reward for the righteous, we insinuate to the wounded that their problems are of their own making.

Improving mobility for our kids: Starting early is key
Aparna Mathur, AEI

While there is no one statistical database that would capture all of these effects, it is clear that what matters for children’s mobility is parent’s income, family structure and geography. Here are the numbers.