Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 9, 2015
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In Praise of Lord Acton
David Henderson, EconLog

In preparing for a conference I’m attending in Indianapolis, I read two chapters from Lord Acton’s book of essays titled Essays in the History of Liberty. What a treat!

What Happens When Low-Wage Workers Are Given a Stake in Their Own Company?
Teresa Ghilarducci, The Atlantic

HEB, a Texas grocery chain, is divvying up 15 percent of the company’s stock among 55,000 of its employees.

After Kelo, Governments Keep Nabbing Property
Jared Meyer, The Federalist

After the Supreme Court allowed governments to take anyone’s property for just about any reason, lawmakers pretended to fix the problem. It’s still there.

Borrowing While Poor
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

Upcoming regulation won’t fix the underlying problem of payday loans: a lack of access to credit.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, November 6, 2015
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Where Should Christians Draw the Line on Religious Liberty?
Bryan Ballas, Juicy Ecumenism

Does this mean that the government has the right to crackdown on every matter of right and wrong, including theological wrongs? How do we know?

America’s Unexceptional Poverty Rate
Michael J. Petrilli & Brandon L. Wright, National Review

Does the U.S. lead the world in childhood poverty? Absolutely not.

Does inequality matter?
Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View

We conservatives tend to get less worked up about economic inequality than liberals do, and I think we’re right about that. We should want most people, and especially poor people, to be able to get ahead in absolute terms.

Clinton calls for U.S. minimum wage increase to $12 an hour
Amanda Becker, Reuters

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday at two campaign stops in Iowa that she would like to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour from the current $7.25.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 5, 2015
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Why Should Christians Care About Government?
Mark Melton, Juicy Ecumenism

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” I really enjoy this Mark Twain quote. Sometimes it gets some chuckles, but the chuckles often turn into a tinge of sadness because there is some truth in it.

New article argues poverty not to blame for poor relative test scores
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

An article in Education Next by Michael Petrilli and Brandon Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute takes an important look at child poverty in America compared to other developed countries, and challenges the belief that high relative child poverty in the United States explains away poor academic performance compared to other countries.

Maine Liberals Reject $15 An Hour Minimum Wage
John Fund, The Corner

City voters rejected a proposed increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour tonight by 58% to 42%.

12 Principles of Economic Wisdom
Darrell L. Bock and Greg Forster, Hendricks Center

In this episode, Darrell Bock and Greg Forster discuss theology and economics, focusing on twelve values of the Economic Wisdom Project.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Outdated Regulations Keep These Entrepreneurial Women From Starting Their Own Businesses
Carrie Sheffield, Opportunity Lives

Bell’s plight is part of a nationwide problem: onerous occupational licensing, which Opportunity Lives has documented, is a problem in communities across the country, especially in communities of color and low-income areas.

America is full of high-earning poor people
Allison Schrager, Quartz

Do you earn a decent salary, but live paycheck-to-paycheck? If so, you are part of a growing segment of the American population: the income rich-ish and asset poor.

School Choice Is A Moral and Financial Imperative
Nick Gillespie & Justin Monticello , Reason.com

“Education is how people fulfill their humanity,” says school reformer Lisa Graham Keegan. “School choice meets that need precisely.”

The Cost Of Treating Troops As Free Labor Providers
Carl Forsling, Task & Purpose

Far too many leaders come at any problem with the assumption that labor is free.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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Michael Matheson Miller on Poverty, Inc
Russ Roberts, EconTalk

Michael Matheson Miller of the Acton Institute and the Director of the documentary Poverty, Inc., talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his award-winning documentary on the barriers facing the poor around the world

It takes four days to officially start a business in New York—and 101 days in Sao Paulo
Ashley Rodriguez, Quartz

Starting a business is never easy. But the process of registering a company is much more difficult and time consuming in some countries around the world than in others.

Pope Francis urges world religions to fight extremism, fundamentalism
Inés San Martín, Crux

Pope Francis on Wednesday called on the world’s religions to join forces in the fight against fundamentalism and extremism, arguing instead for a focus on “positive values” such as the promotion of peace, care for the poor, and environmental protection.

Texas case sees religious liberty, home-school rules collide
Will Weissert, Associated Press

The Texas Supreme Court is hearing the case of an El Paso family that could shake up booming home-school ranks in Texas and beyond.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 2, 2015
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The Poverty Cure: Get Married
William A. Galston, Wall Street Journal

Black children bear the brunt of single parenthood’s harms.

The Value in Teaching the Bible in Prison
Jerome Copulsky, The Atlantic

Programs that give inmates access to education work—and matter.

Actually, Everyone Benefits From Free Trade
Adam Ozimek, Forbes

The most common genres of free trade criticism today revolve not around it’s average effect, but the claim that free trade creates winners and losers. While these trade critics think it is proponents who are oversimplifying and missing the point, I think it’s critics who are doing this. The important truth is, everyone wins from free trade on net.

Measuring the ‘good’ life around the world
Jacob Poushter, Pew Research

What makes a good life? Usually this question is in the domain of priests, philosophers and metaphysicians, but the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a think tank consisting of 34 mostly rich countries, sought to find the answers with data.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 30, 2015
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5 Ways Western Christians Can Help Persecuted Christians
David Curry, OnFaith

Let persecuted Christians around the world know they are not alone and not forgotten.

What Is Reformation Day?
Stephen Nichols, Ligonier Ministries

A single event on a single day changed the world. It was October 31, 1517. Brother Martin, a monk and a scholar, had struggled for years with his church, the church in Rome. He had been greatly disturbed by an unprecedented indulgence sale. The story has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. Let’s meet the cast.

Work and family: The keys to reducing poverty
Robert Doar, AEI Ideas

My testimony today will be about how focusing on work and family can help poor Americans and reduce poverty, and on what Congress can do to improve our nation’s safety net programs to help more vulnerable Americans move up.

5 Facts About House Speaker Paul Ryan
Joe Carter, ERLC

Yesterday Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was elected the 54th House speaker of the House of Representatives. Here are five facts about the man who is third in line to the U.S. presidency