Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Foreign Aid Won’t End Under Trump—Here’s How to Make It Better
Tim Meisburger, American Greatness

Foreign Aid probably won’t disappear under Trump. But it is possible to redirect it and make it more effective in serving our interests while actually helping those who need it.

How Republicans Plan to Roll Back Obama-Era Regulations
Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic

Health care, trade pacts, environment regulation, financial oversight––you name the policy area, the GOP is set to roll it back.

How Prudent Public Policy Staves Off Leviathan
Jonathan B. Coe, Crisis Magazine

The question for practicing Catholics and other orthodox Christians is how to inoculate ourselves from the disease of political naiveté and make prudential judgments in the public square.

How Martin Luther has shaped Germany for half a millennium
The Economist

The 500th anniversary of the 95 theses finds a country as moralistic as ever.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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Are most poor people incapable of work?
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Most parents in this country also work, and the assumption that work is not desired by low-income parents is untrue.

States with right-to-work laws and no income taxes grew fastest in the Obama years
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

More than 2 million people moved within the country to no-income-tax and right-to-work states from other states. States with no income taxes attracted significantly more Americans than immigrants; states with right-to-work laws attracted almost exactly the same number of natives and immigrants.

If the US unemployment rate included everyone who says they want a job, it would be nearly double
Dan Kopf, Quartz

Along with GDP growth, the unemployment rate is the most recognized economic statistic in the United States. It’s too bad it is so misleading.

Five Reasons I’m Hopeful about Africa
Bill Gates, GatesNotes

A recent opinion poll found that the majority of Americans are optimistic about 2017. And they should be. The world, of course, faces many challenges. But year after year, life is getting better for more people on our planet.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, January 9, 2017
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The rate at which US companies cite regulations as an obstacle has quadrupled over the last 20 years
Christopher Groskopf, Quartz

Rarely does anyone measure the impact of new regulations on the companies they affect.

House Renews Focus On Curbing Government Regulations
Kevin Freking, Associated Press

The Republican-led House on Thursday approved a bill that would require congressional approval before any major regulation can take effect, a reflection of GOP frustration with what they consider onerous rules from eight years of the Obama administration.

How the Trump Administration Can Support Christians in the Middle East
Ian Speir, Providence

When Donald Trump takes office on January 20, he will inherit a raft of foreign policy problems from his predecessor.

How Jesus Exorcized Ancient Collectivism
David Gornoski, FEE

Beyond just rhetoric, Jesus performed his aesthetic of personhood. He created a subversive viral bug in our old collectivist system that reversed the mainstream script.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, January 6, 2017
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An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia
Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency

An amendment from the 1870s is now being invoked in Georgia to challenge a scholarship program allowing children to attend religious schools. “It would be a terrible mistake to use a bigoted law from the nineteenth century to hurt schoolchildren today,” religious freedom advocates say.

What Christians are finding as they return to the Nineveh Plain
Matt Hadro, Crux

As villages on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain are liberated from Islamic State forces, the Christians who lived there have returned, only to find destruction and betrayal.

GOP Sen. Rand Paul Blasts Party Leaders For Ignoring Debt
Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blasted fellow GOP lawmakers for ignoring the government’s spiraling debt problem in their rush to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The Religious Sources for Modern Human Rights
David E. Anderson, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

It is a version of history that runs against the grain of received wisdom and the conventional story of the birth of human rights.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, January 5, 2017
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The economists have had another terrible year. It’s time for a complete re-think
Jeremy Warner, The Telegraph

his may or may not be a good time for democracy, but one thing is certain about the past year of political upsets; it’s heaped further humiliations on the economics profession.

Faith on the Hill
Aleksandra Sandstrom, Pew Research

The religious composition of the 115th Congress.

Conservative Groups Warn of Obama’s ‘Midnight Litigation’ Against US Business
Leah Jessen, The Daily Signal

Conservative and pro-business groups warn that the Obama administration may pursue legal action to enforce some of its thousands of new “job-crushing” regulations before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office.

Finland is starting a national experiment to try and prove a basic income doesn’t make people lazy
Eshe Nelson, Quartz

Now, thanks to Finland, we will get an idea of how basic income programs might work in practice. For the next two years, the Finnish government is handing out €560 ($583) tax-free every month to a group of citizens.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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As minimum wage rises, some employers cut back
Katie Johnston, Boston Globe

Massachusetts has the highest state minimum wage in the country following the $1 increase to $11 an hour that went into effect Sunday, but campaigns are already underway here and across the country for the lowest-paid workers to earn much more.

Election Ushers in Batch of States Preparing for Right-to-Work Laws
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

Not only did the 2016 election bring the country a new president, but Nov. 8 also ushered in the right political environment for a batch of states to pass right-to-work bills.

Four Tips for Making Godly Resolutions about Your Wealth in 2017
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Ultimately God desires each of us to find enjoyment in him in all things. We can do this through pursuing wholeheartedly those things he has designed us to do.

Wealth Inequality Doesn’t Mean More Poor People
David R. Henderson, FEE

Reduced taxes on capital would both encourage capital accumulation and cause real wages to rise.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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The fate of religious freedom in the former USSR, 25 years after its collapse
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News

When the Soviet Union was dissolved on Dec. 26, 1991, the future looked bright for faith groups. During nearly 70 years of Soviet rule, religious practice had been gradually forced out of public and private life. Faith leaders were sent to labor camps and sacred buildings fell into disrepair.

Americans Rate Healthcare Providers High on Honesty, Ethics
Jim Norman, Gallup

Most Americans trust their healthcare providers to be honest and ethical, but few other professions fare so well in Gallup’s annual look at honesty and ethical standards among various fields.

Will the Minimum Wage Debate Ever Be Settled?
Bourree Lam, The Atlantic

States are implementing new laws about worker pay. That will provide plenty of research fodder for economists who can’t seem to agree on whether raises are good or bad for workers.

Edmund Burke on Free Will, Christian Charity, & the Good Society
Bradley J. Birzer, The Imaginative Conservative

Christianity, Edmund Burke held, is the great equalizer. Not only is it the first force in the world to recognize the moral equality of all men and women, but it allows the high and the low to become one in their equal desire for the good society.