Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, June 17, 2016

Speaker Ryan’s Call For Regulatory Humility
Susan E. Dudley, Forbes

House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a new plan yesterday aimed at reviving the stalled economy by reforming the way the federal government regulates.

Federal Court Upholds Regulations That Threaten Open Internet
James Gattuso, The Daily Signal

Sixteen months after the Federal Communications Commission imposed heavy new regulations on broadband services, a federal appeals court—by a 2-1 vote—upheld the new rules.

Philadelphia just passed a landmark soda tax
Chase Purdy, Quartz

The fifth-largest city in the US today (June 16) passed a landmark soda tax proposal that will levy 1.5 cents per liquid ounce on distributors.

Specialization and Trade
Yuval Levin, National Review Online

Arnold Kling—the economist, teacher, blogger, and polymath—has a way of cutting through layers of conventional assumptions and laying bare complex realities. Read more at:

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 16, 2016

What if God wants the lesser prairie-chicken to go extinct?
Eric Holst, Environemental Defense Fund

I found myself in a tricky spot: being asked to expound on God’s will for the lesser prairie-chicken.

A Victory for the American People Against the Export-Import Bank
Sen. Mike Lee, The Daily Signal

It’s not every day that the American people score a victory over the global elite, but that’s exactly what happened last week.

There Is No Way the Minimum Wage Can Help the Economy
Howard Baetjer Jr., FEE

Another baffling and bad argument for minimum wages.

The US Senate passed a bill requiring women to register for the draft
Alice Truong, Quartz

The US Senate has approved a $602 billion defense budget that includes a provision requiring women to register for the Selective Service, otherwise known as the draft.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

End crony capitalism to end global poverty
Joe Carter, Washington Examiner

For as long as there have been government officials, there have been economic cronies — friends, family, and associates who use their connections for their own financial gain.

‘Poverty, Inc.’, When Charity Becomes A Limit
Green Film Network

Giving is an act of deep humanity and solidarity. A disinterested gesture to help the poor, that we often delegate to institutions and specialized associations. What is the impact of these organizations on the development of countries struggling with poverty?

Three More Articles On Poverty, And Why They Disagree With Each Other
Scott Alexander, Slate Star Codex

These articles sort of contradict each other. The first contradicts the second – does giving people money improve life outcomes, or doesn’t it?

Patriarchs want lands where Christians lived liberated from ISIS
Catholic News Service

Syriac patriarchs, marking the two-year anniversary since the Islamic State expelled Christians from a large part of Iraq, denounced “the ethno-religious genocide” of their people and called for the liberation of those areas.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Does John Oliver Know Anything About Debt Collection?
Christopher Miller, The Federalist

I have enjoyed ‘Last Week Tonight’ in the past, but now that I see just how twisted the facts get in his segments, I wonder if I can trust them to provide anything but excellent analogies.

The Case for Neck Tattoos, According to Economists
Ray Fisman And Tim Sullivan, The Atlantic

When it comes to demonstrating commitment, talk is cheap. Stamping a symbol where anyone can see it isn’t.

The Consequences: How Trade Became A Major Issue In 2016

International trade has emerged from wonky obscurity to become one of the most heated issues in this year’s presidential campaign.

How “pay for success” investing programs can help fix social mobility in the US
Erika Poethig and David D. Fukuzawa, Quartz

More than 70% of Americans born in poverty are expected to remain there. There is no quick fix for this social mobility problem because it is in large part structural. But there are new approaches that could address its various manifestations.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 13, 2016

20 Quotes from Baptists on Religious Liberty
Joe Carter, ERLC

“Freedom of conscience, unlimited freedom of mind,” said the American historian George Bancroft, “was from the first the trophy of the Baptists.” Since the 1600s Baptists have been the forefront of defending religious freedom, not only for themselves and other Christians, but for Jews, Muslims, and other religions groups.

Poverty Hits Boys Hardest
The American Interest

The results of the study remind us that some of our 20th century styles of thinking about gender and privilege are in need of an update.

Restaurant CEO reveals unexpected effect of minimum wage hikes
Jazz Shaw, Hot Air

The CEO of national food chain Dave & Busters has weighed in on the current trend of massive increases to the minimum wage following the latest such hike in the District of Columbia.

How one college built an innovative degree program… in innovation
Julie Kliegman, The Week

Connor McCormick began his freshman year of college with a specific goal for himself: Start a business by the end of first semester.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, June 10, 2016

Is Religious Freedom For Non-Christians Too?
Russell Moore

Does religious liberty apply to non-Christian religions? Someone told me this week that he had seen a Baptist writer question whether Muslim Americans qualify for religious liberty “benefits.”

Poll: Over Half of Unemployed Workers are Giving Up Looking for Jobs
Opportunity Lives

A recent study conducted by Harris Poll determined that 59 percent of workers who have been unemployed more than two years have already left the workforce completely. In total, 43 percent of jobless Americans say they’ve given up looking for employment, no matter how long they’ve been without work.

Majority of Americans Support Congressional Earmark Ban, Poll Shows
Andrew Egger, The Daily Signal

A majority of Americans continue to support the congressional ban on earmarks instituted by former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, a new Economist Group/YouGov poll shows.

Capitalism Is Good for the Poor
Steven Horwitz, FEE

Critics frequently accuse markets and capitalism of making life worse for the poor. This refrain is certainly common in the halls of left-leaning academia as well as in broader intellectual circles. But like so many other criticisms of capitalism, this one ignores the very real, and very available, facts of history.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 9, 2016

What Farmers Know About The Humane Treatment Of Animals
Adriane Heins, The Federalist

A new book on animal rights embraces interspecies identity politics, but it lacks the perspective of people who actually know and raise animals.

Hurting the Poor Is No Way to Help Them: Payday Lending Rules Edition
Veronique De Rugy, National Review Online

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is at it again. In the name of protecting consumers, it would like to ban or heavily restrict a tool that is very useful to them.

Where the Poor Spend More 10 Percent of Their Income on Energy
Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

Hint: almost everywhere in the United States

Does the Division of Labor Make Us Stupid?
Sarah Skwire, FEE

The division of labor might be my favorite human invention.