Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How Economic Sanctions Affect Poor People
Matt W. Dawson, The Federalist

The United States sanctions Zimbabwe to target fewer than 200 people and institutions. Here’s how that affects the other 14 million.

Christian leaders call for unity in response to persecution
Inés San Martín, Crux

Unless Christian denominations set aside their differences and work together, Christianity will not survive in Syria and Iraq — and is endangered in Burma, China, and Cyprus as well.

How a Family Allowance Could End Poverty
Peter-Christian Aigner, The Atlantic

An old idea to keep women at home could expand economic opportunities for the nation’s poorest—and middle-class—families.

For the first time, less than 10 percent of the world is living in extreme poverty, World Bank says
Adam Taylor, Washington Post

The World Bank provided some relief from bad news this week with some fresh, positive data: For the first time ever, it estimates that the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty will fall below 10 percent.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, December 14, 2015

Can Google Silence the Church?
Chelsen Vicari, Juicy Ecumenism

Where will the next challenge to religious liberty arise? Among some, there is a growing concern that the next threat to religious liberty will be a cyber showdown.

American Liberalism’s War On The Poor: The ‘Tax The Rich’ Myth
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

All economic choices have consequences. And whatever liberals might claim, their “tax the rich” proposals would cause most harm to the poorest in our society. Again, on paper, it sounds great: taxing the person behind the tree, leads to a happier society for you and for me!

Study Finds School Choice Increases Integration in Schools
Blair Kacynski, The Daily Signal

After decades of initiatives in American public schools to close the achievement gap, the gap between low-income and non-minority students persists. A new study by the Friedman Foundation suggests that school choice may be our best tool for narrowing gaps and increasing integration in schools.

Can ‘Faithful Presence’ Change the World? Some Christian Leaders Aren’t so Sure.
James Clark, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Ultimately, the question may be whether we have more to fear from a road to hell paved with our good intentions, or a road to hell paved with intentions from the enemies of Christianity.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, December 11, 2015

Chaldean bishop criticizes Obama administration
Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

Metro Detroit’s Bishop Kalabat says “shame” on Obama administration for not doing more for Christians and other displaced religious minorities in Syria and Iraq.

Shocker: Government Regulation of Internet Stifling Innovation
Opportunity Lives

When President Obama instructed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement net neutrality rules, the administration promised it would lead to more fairness in cyberspace. Instead, net neutrality is crushing innovation by causing many companies to delay implementing new services.

The Indistinguishable Catholic Vote
Russell Shaw, RealClearReligion

With the election of a new president less than a year away, at least one thing about the outcome seems reasonably clear: whoever the winner turns out to be, a majority of the voters identifying themselves as Catholics will probably have voted for him or her.

Christian leaders want to meet with John Kerry before State Dept. genocide findings
Catholic News Service

A group of 30 Christian leaders, including Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, has asked for a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in advance of the State Department’s declaration of genocides taking place around the world.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Influence of Churches, Once Dominant, Now Waning in South
Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Prayers said and the closing hymn sung, tea-drinking churchgoers fill Marble City Grill for Sunday lunch. But hard on their heels comes the afternoon crowd: craft beer-drinking, NFL-watching football fans.

Americans Who Don’t Buy Health Coverage Face Heftier Fine in ’16, Analysis Finds
Abby Goodnough, New York Times

Americans who remain uninsured in 2016 despite having the option of buying health coverage through an Affordable Care Act marketplace will owe an average tax penalty of $969 per household, a new analysis has found.

Senate Approves Overhaul of No Child Left Behind Law
Emmarie Huetteman, New York Times

The Senate on Wednesday approved a sweeping revision of the contentious No Child Left Behind law, sending to President Obama’s desk a proposal that ends an era of federal control in education policy after 14 years.

Christians, the State Department, and Genocide
Mark Movsesian, First Things

ISIS is driving Christians from their homes, seizing their property, and, quite often, killing them in the most horrible ways. How does that not qualify as a genocide?

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Welfare Isn’t Dead
Thomas Main, City Journal

Many eligible and truly needy families don’t apply for TANF, as a new book inadvertently demonstrates.

Mobility and Money in U.S. States: The Marriage Effec
W. Bradford Wilcox, Robert I. Lerman, and Joseph Price, Family Studies

Marriage and family structure matter for the well-being of not just individual kids but entire communities.

This Free Market Solution Can Help Improve Access to Healthcare
Amelia Hamilton, Opportunity Lives

A lack of affordable healthcare options continues to leave many Americans uninsured and with little or no access to medical care. A Florida volunteer program is filling the gap. And if that program were to go national, it could provide more than $2 billion in free health care to Americans in need.

Ten reasons economists object to the minimum wage
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

Proponents of a higher minimum wage point to the obvious and visible benefits to some workers – those who may find a job at the higher wage or keep their existing job and get a higher wage. But that is only part of the story – there are many less obvious downsides to an artificially high minimum wages that take longer to recognize, and it’s those inevitable negative effects that lead economists to generally oppose minimum wage laws.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Europe’s End-of-History Dream Dies
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

Still obscure to most European elites (and to their American counterparts) is the understanding that neither the values nor the liberties of liberal civilization can long flourish if the religious and spiritual foundations of that civilization are allowed to decay, and are treated with scorn and neglect by society’s leaders.

Economic Lessons for Children from The Hunger Games
Matthew Rousu, Library of Economics and Liberty

The Hunger Games also does a good job of showing the poverty that results from this form of government control. An economy is not well-served when government violates people’s right to sort themselves into the work they can best accomplish.

Wellspring Living Helps Victims Of Sex Trafficking Rebuild Their Lives
Jay Caruso, Opportunity Lives

The city of Atlanta is known for its sports teams and its southern hospitality. Atlanta is the home base of Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, Home Depot and UPS. Unfortunately, it is also the largest hub for sex trafficking in the United States. Thankfully, organizations such as Wellspring Living exist to assist the victims of sex trafficking.

Bee of Good Cheer
Steven Hayward, PowerLine

We take the brief time out from the climate apocalypse in Paris—also known as “thermageddeon”—to make note of the official cancellation of the “Bee-pocalypse.”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, December 7, 2015

A Lodestar of Religious Liberty
Arne Panula, Wall Street Journal

Dignitatis Humanae confirmed in 1965 a basic human right that today is under assault.

Shifts in family, work, and government support have changed the face of deep poverty in the US
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

A new study by researchers at Columbia University analyzed deep poverty in the United States from 1968 to 2011. The report is based on their “historical supplemental poverty measure,” which — unlike the official poverty measure — reflects cost of living differences and includes government resources such as SNAP and the EITC. The report is their latest in a series using this measure, and focuses on deep poverty and the characteristics of those in deep poverty.

Why Environmentalism Needs Economic Freedom
Israel Ortega, Opportunity Lives

Although some of the headlining dignitaries have already departed in their private jets, the United Nations climate change summit in Paris continues apace. Amid the pomp and glamour, lofty promises (mostly from affluent countries) are being made while much scorn and ridicule is being directed at climate change skeptics.

Republicans divided by income over government’s role in ‘safety net’ issues
Meredith Dost, Pew Research

Republicans are far less supportive than Democrats of a strong government role on issues related to the social safety net, but it’s a subject on which the party has notable divisions within its ranks.