Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Is Rising Extreme Poverty a Myth?
Robert VerBruggen, Family Studies

Critics argue that welfare reform made the poor even poorer. New research shows otherwise.

Protecting the conscience: A battle between pharmacists and Washington state
Barrett Duke, ERLC

The state’s total lack of concern for conscience in this matter is distressing.

The last country to abolish slavery is jailing its anti-slavery activists
Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz

Thirteen anti-slavery campaigners were sentenced for up to 15 years in prison in Mauritania last week, for their role in a protest aimed at denouncing the practice of slavery in the country.

Find Out How Many Jobs Your State Could Lose With a $15 Minimum Wage
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

According to a new study from The Heritage Foundation, proposals at the state and federal levels to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour would lead to job losses in nearly all states and the District of Columbia.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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First Worldwide Meta-Analysis Proves the Benefits of School Choice
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

Now a new study, the first-ever worldwide meta-analysis on the benefits or faults of providing school choice in relation to student success, has shown Friedman’s ideas to be systematically accurate.

In Louisiana, Private Disaster Relief Outperforms the Government
FEE

One of the greatest stories of the Louisiana flooding is how the people and free markets are playing a role in helping to both rescue people and deliver relief much quicker than the government.

Not Two Kingdoms, But Two Ages
Jonathan Leeman, TGC

Luther’s two kingdoms also divides the person between inner and outer, and places a spiritual government over one and a secular government over the other. But does the Bible divide things so cleanly?

Crimes and no punishment
The Economist

Violence is only one of the problems faced by Christians in Egypt.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Marriage Reduces Child Poverty, but Our Welfare System Penalizes Marriage
Paul Draper, The Daily Signal

According to a recently released study from the American Enterprise Institute, 82 percent of lower-middle-class families with young children face “marriage penalties” in the welfare system.

Water fee taps Detroit churches
Nicholas G. Hahn III,The Detroit News

More than 400 properties will see “a significant increase in billing of more than 200 percent per month,” says department director Gary Brown. And several of those properties, Brown said, are owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Reminder: Obamacare Is Still A Giant Cronyistic Disaster
David Harsanyi, The Federalist

The problem isn’t that Aetna is leaving the Obamacare exchanges. The problem is that Aetna was in the exchanges to begin with

Who’s Afraid of Religious Liberty?
Richard Samuelson, Mosaic

Seeking to prohibit every kind of “discrimination,” activists in and out of government threaten the free practice of, among other faiths, Judaism.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, August 22, 2016
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Venezuela’s Road to Literal Serfdom
Barry Brownstein, FEE

The new idea of freedom “gave the socialists another word in common with the liberals and they exploited it to the full.

Religious freedom advocates want US to put teeth into its rhetoric
Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency

Religious freedom advocates are praising the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom report, but also calling on the administration to put teeth into its rhetoric with steps such as targeted sanctions, visa denials, and other measures.

Why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep ministers from public office
John Fea, Religion News Service

There’s an old Baptist saying that goes something like this: “If you mix horse manure and ice cream it doesn’t do much to the manure, but it sure does ruin the ice cream.”

‘Called to Freedom’: New Book Explores the Compatibility of Christianity and Libertarianism
Greg Ayers, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Called to Freedom: Why You Can Be Christian and Libertarian, explores the tension between the Christian faith and libertarian political philosophy and explains why someone could be both

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, August 19, 2016
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Is Religious Freedom in the National Interest?
Peter Berger, The American Interest

One would think so if one looks at its place in official Washington.

How These States Ensure Welfare Dollars Aren’t Used for Alcohol, Lottery Tickets
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

A new state law in Maine went into effect last month prohibiting welfare recipients from purchasing items like alcohol, lottery tickets, and tattoos with their welfare funds.

The 3 Preconditions for an Entrepreneurial Society
Julian Birkinshaw, Harvard Business Review

For the entrepreneurial society to properly take hold, we need three things as individuals: means, motive, and opportunity.

Capitalism Is About the Rest of Us, Not the Wealthy
Mark J. Perry, FEE

It’s an important and powerful insight that a disproportionate share of the benefits of capitalism, free markets, innovation, new products, trade, and technological advances go to the average person, and not to the wealthy as progressives like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would have us believe.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, August 18, 2016
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How the Rise of the Commoner Enriched the World
David S. D’Amato, FEE

The new, liberal equality of the Bourgeois era undermined the foundations of this rank- and class-based world.

Why Making College ‘Free’ Won’t Help The Poor
David Sabey, The Federalist

I have taught some of the poorest Americans, so I know it is laughable to think most poor students fail to graduate from college simply because it costs too much.

Venezuela Hasn’t Hit Rock Bottom Yet
The American Interest

Venezuela’s oil production has been declining all year, and the prospects for the country’s most important industry aren’t looking any brighter in the coming months, either.

Religious liberty protection around the world
Travis Wussow, ERLC

The IRF report is a crucial tool for the nongovernmental community and other governments in that the report has a strong reputation and is widely respected across the international religious freedom community.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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Why Millennials Are in No Hurry to Take On Debt

Nathaniel Popper, New York Times

Building a credit history holds less appeal for young Americans who had trouble paying off student loans and saw their families’ struggles during the financial crisis.

West Virginia Court Blocks “Right-to-Work” Law, Restricts Worker Choice
Trey Kovacs, Competitive Enterprise Institute

On August 10, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that a Kanawha County circuit judge had issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of West Virginia’s right-to-work law.

In a Country Ravaged by Human Trafficking, This Company Offers the Residents Hope
Tami Nantz, Opportunity Lives

With an unemployment rate of nearly 50 percent, the people of Nepal are desperate for work. Half of the approximately 28 million people live in poverty with little hope of ever having a better life.

Payday Loans’ Potentially Predatory Replacement
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

As lenders respond to impending regulations by pushing different products, many fear that borrowers won’t be protected.