Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Following Minimum Wage Increases, Unemployment Spikes among Black Male Teens
Mark J. Perry, FEE

Perhaps one of the more interesting data points from last week’s Employment Report is displayed in the graph above, which shows that the jobless rate for black male teens (aged 16-19 years) increased to 40.1% in June from 28.1% in May.

International Group Helps To Save The Lives Of Sex Trafficking Victims
Bethany Mandel, Opportunity Lives

“The very children I held hands with and saw running in the streets were not just trying to survive poverty. Many were living in hell, enduring torture,” says Don. “I couldn’t believe it was right under my nose and I didn’t even know it.”

Supreme Court Delivers Bitter Pill on Religious Liberty
A. Barton Hinkle,

Court refuses to hear case about Washington laws that allows pharmacists all kinds of exemptions, except ones that are matters of conscience.

What’s the Matter with Saying ‘Government Schools’ in Kansas?
Ramesh Ponnuru, The Corner

Julie Bosman reports in the New York Times that conservatives in Kansas have taken to calling public schools “government schools,” and that other people are upset about this use of a “calculated pejorative.”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, July 11, 2016

Beyond America: Advocating for religious liberty around the world
Travis Wussow, ERLC

By nearly any measure, 2015 was the worst year to be a Christian in living memory. As the Obama administration and U.S. Congress recognized in early 2016, the so-called Islamic State has been perpetrating a genocide against Yezidis, Christians and Shia Muslims. As Secretary of State John Kerry said, the Islamic State “kills Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis because they are Yezidis; Shia because they are Shia.”

Donald Trump-Style Protectionism Could Hurt World Economy, IMF Chief Says
Abigail Abrams, Time

Donald Trump’s anti-trade policies and isolationist attitude could have dangerous consequences for the global economy, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned in an interview with the Financial Times on Thursday.

The Fines and Fees That Keep Former Prisoners Poor
Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

States and counties have upped the amounts they charge defendants, saddling those getting out of jail with huge amounts of debt they have little hope of paying off.

Free Markets Empower Women Entrepreneurs
Nima Sanandaji, FEE

It is difficult to find examples of male-dominated areas of the economy that were monopolized, or so heavily regulated that entrepreneurship was crowded out, by the rising European welfare states.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 8, 2016

Jesus and ‘The End Of Jobs’

Over the last few years, and especially of late, there is a swelling chorus of concern that we may be on our way to a future in which there simply aren’t enough jobs to go around. Not just a shortage of good jobs, mind you, but a shortage of jobs, period.

Four Reasons Religious Freedom Matters for Society
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Religious freedom bears implications for our lives, just like the biblical view of freedom and economic freedom. In fact, religious freedom is entwined with these other freedoms.

The Next Accountability: Getting What We Want from Schools – Without Technocracy
Greg Forster, Friedman Foundation

For decades, the word “accountability” brought education reformers together. Today, it’s driving us apart.

How the Reaction to Kevin Durant Explains Our Conflicted Feelings About Free Trade
Jim Geraghty, The Corner

In some ways, sports fans’ hyperbolic reaction to professional athletes’ free agency decisions mirrors the country’s perspective on free trade: we love having freedom of choice for ourselves, but we don’t like other people having those same choices.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Why Should Christians Care about Economic Freedom?
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

All truth is from God. As Christians, we very much understand this as it applies to our faith. We even apply this to disciplines like biology and chemistry. Yet we tend to forget that even economic truth is from God.

What Elizabeth Warren Gets Wrong About Economic Justice
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

Warren proposes taxing wealthier Americans more and redistributing that money into government programs. In doing so, she elevates the central myth of liberalism that the wealthiest Americans can pay for a liberal utopia.

Many Foods Subsidized By the Government Are Unhealthy
Mandy Oaklander, Time

If you want to eat healthy in America, don’t expect government subsidies to help. The most federally subsidized foods are heavily processed, and diets rich in them may be having profound negative effects on health, suggests a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Don’t Give Up on Welfare Reform
Peter Cove, City Journal

Despite the claims of some, the 1996 bipartisan law has been a resounding success.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

How to Lead a New National War on Poverty
Linda Gibbs and Robert Doar, Washington Monthly

When New York City launched its war on poverty in 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg began a city-wide campaign the likes of which no other city, state or the federal government had seen in decades.

Reform Government First, Cut Taxes Later
The American Interest

Enthusiasm for state-level tax cuts is on the wane nationwide as legislators and governors behold the budgetary carnage that doctrinaire Tea Party policies have wrought in Kansas and Louisiana, two states once touted as exemplars of starve-the-beast governance.

The Fining of Black America
Dan Kopf, Priceonomics

Among the fifty cities with the highest proportion of revenues from fines, the median size of the African American population—on a percentage basis—is more than five times greater than the national median.

Majority of Economists Surveyed Are against the Universal Basic Income
Veronique De Rugy, The Corner

When asked if “Granting every American citizen over 21-years old a universal basic income of $13,000 a year — financed by eliminating all transfer programs (including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, housing subsidies, household welfare payments, and farm and corporate subsidies) — would be a better policy than the status quo,” 58 percent of the IMG Economic Experts panel at Chicago Booth disagreed or strongly disagreed, while 19 percent of them were uncertain, and only 2 percent agreed.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Minimum Wages And Trade Barriers Can’t Manufacture Dignity
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

Large-scale market interference risks turning some jobs into anti-productive workfare programs. What might that do for the dignity of the American worker?

Conservatives, Don’t Embrace Trump’s Protectionism
Clark Packard, RealClearPolicy

For many, Adam Smith won the intellectual argument about free trade with the publication of The Wealth of Nations in 1776. But the tide of protectionism has ebbed and flowed ever since.

Poor Kids Need Summer Jobs. Rich Kids Get Them.
Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight

It’s July, which means that across the country teenagers are flipping burgers, scooping ice cream and mowing lawns to save up money for school clothes, movie tickets and — oh, right — college tuition. But fewer young Americans are working summer jobs than in decades past, and fewer of those jobs are going to the teens who need them most.

Why Americans Should Care About Attacks on Religious Liberty in Russia
Sen. Ben Sasse, The Daily Signal

There are troubling new developments in Russia. Russia’s parliament, the Federal Assembly, has just approved so-called anti-terrorism legislation that criminalizes free speech and that attacks religious liberty.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 1, 2016

A Christian Speaks Up for Capitalism
James D. Gwartney, FEE

In this August 1986 essay, “A Christian Speaks Up for Capitalism,” Jim points out that “capitalism does not force individuals to worship ‘the almighty dollar.’ A person is as free to be an ascetic Christian as to be a hedonist.”

Where Have All The Free Traders Gone?
David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Few Republicans pushed back against Donald Trump’s litany of absurdities regarding international trade. Democrats were no better.

How Government Helps White Criminals
Learn Liberty

In an attempt to help black people and ex-convicts land jobs, policymakers have increased the employment prospects of white ex-convicts.

6 Problems With the Senate’s Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill
Daren Bakst, The Daily Signal

Senate agriculture leaders have come up with misguided legislation that would mandate labels for genetically engineered food (GMO).