Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

27 Facts About Pope Francis
Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal

Pope Francis is about to make his first visit to the United States. According to his schedule, Francis will arrive in the United States on Sept. 22, and he will visit Washington, New York City, and Philadelphia.

Homeschooling in the City
Matthew Hennessey, City Journal

Frustrated with the public schools, middle-class urbanites embrace an educational movement.

We Can’t Solve Poverty Without Addressing Families
Maura Corrigan, The Federalist

New poverty statistics can’t show that fighting poverty is more difficult and more expensive because of America’s fragmenting and chaotic families.

Perhaps the most powerful defense of market capitalism you will ever read
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

“The Great Enrichment of the past two centuries has dwarfed any of the previous and temporary enrichments. Explaining it is the central scientific task of economics and economic history, and it matters for any other sort of social science or recent history.”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 21, 2015

If we really care about the poor, shouldn’t we want better official data on poverty?
Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI Ideas

One might think that a truly compassionate society would demand detailed, accurate and useful data to guide anti-poverty efforts and improve social outcomes. It is a shame — some might say a scandal — that we as a nation have manifestly failed to do so. Indeed, we have largely neglected the task of generating policy-relevant data about the condition of our poor and vulnerable for the past 40 years.

What Makes a Society Thrive?
James Stoner and Harold James, Public Discourse

A collection of essays helps the public understand the elements that make up a society where people can flourish, the reasons for our society’s current problems, and some avenues for potential reform.

Nightmare Of Sex Trafficking
Melissa Boughton and Dave Munday, The Post and Courier

Victims in s.c. Pay a high price in an industry fueled by greed, lust.

Freedom in the New Testament
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

It is not that political freedom or freedom from slavery was unimportant, but that there was an even deeper bondage that had to be overcome first of all. With the Greeks, the problem was with the mind, but in the New Testament, the problem was the bondage of the will.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 18, 2015

How Do America’s Poor Really Live? Examining the Census Poverty Report
Robert Rector, The Daily Signal

Today, the Census Bureau will release its annual poverty report. It will almost certainly report that over 40 million Americans “live in poverty.” But what does it mean to be poor in America?

Inequality Hasn’t Made Americans Support Redistribution
The American Interest

Why, after forty years of rising economic inequality, does the American political consensus remain so market-oriented, at least relative to other industrialized countries?

5 questions every presidential candidate should answer on poverty
Robert Doar and Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Any serious discussion among 2016 presidential candidates must address the issues facing low-income Americans. Despite the paucity and poor quality of our available data, there are certain facts about domestic need which any president should understand, and certain leadership questions that each candidate should be able to answer.

Religious Persecution Abroad and Us
Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner

A few days ago, I was on a panel at the In Defense of Christians National Leadership Convention on Capitol Hill discussing “Building Bridges between Eastern and Western Christianity.” The first question was about obstacles barring such bridges, leaving persecuted Christians somewhat out in the cold, even as their very existence in the birthplace of Christianity is in jeopardy.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 17, 2015

What Is a Christian’s Responsibility to Government?
R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries

The New Testament gives us some broad principles on how we are supposed to respond to government. For example, Romans 13 elaborates on the origin and institution of government as something that God ordains.

Tax exemptions protect religious freedom. We should keep them.
Richard W. Garnett, Washington Post

Instead of asking whether churches and religious organizations deserve to be tax-exempt, we should ask why governments should be able to tax them at all. Taxation, after all, involves interference by the state, and in a free society such interference needs to be justified.

The Historical Argument Against the Minimum Wage
Ben R. Crenshaw

This week I shall advance the historical case against the minimum wage by showing the discriminatory origins of this popular public policy.

Here’s How Religion Shaped Margaret Thatcher’s Politics
Eliza Filby, The Daily Signal

Few people are aware that Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister 1979-1990 and one of the foremost politicians of the twentieth century, was a lay Methodist preacher before she entered politics.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Is TANF Helping The Poor?
Aparna Mathur, AEI Ideas

The effects of programs that aim to help the non-working poor, such as TANF, are less well-understood. From the stories profiled in $2.00 a Day, we get a disappointing picture of the role of cash assistance in helping families in extreme poverty.

Obamacare punishes hospitals that see poor patients, study finds
Sarah Kliff, Vox

An Obamacare program that aims to improve American health care may have an unintended side effect: penalizing hospitals that serve the sickest and poorest patients.

This Case Could Open Up School Choice Options for 37 States
Brittany Corona, The Daily Signal

On Sept. 2, the Douglas County School District Board of Education filed a request for extension to the Supreme Court of the United States asking for review of the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling on its scholarship program earlier this summer.

Meet 30 innovators finding African solutions for African problems
Lily Kuo, Quartz

Here are 30 of the people who are helping the continent take major strides forward.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Debate over poverty highlights talk of economics and the family
Michael O’Loughlin, Crux

Sparks flew between a labor leader and a free-market advocate about the best way to fight poverty during a discussion about the economy and families at Georgetown University Wednesday night.

We need the U.S. Commission on International Religious Liberty
Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream

Religious liberty is a scarce commodity in most of the world. In its 2015 annual report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) says, “The horrors of the past year speak volumes about how and why religious freedom and the protection of the rights of vulnerable religious communities matter.”

Right to Work 2.0
Chris Abrams, RealClearPolicy

Right to Work 2.0 would allow people to start a new business without permission from government regulators, thereby reducing costs to both the state and the operator, saving workers money, increasing freedom of choice, and fostering innovation.

In The Common Core Era, Families Flock To Its Opposite
Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

Classical education has been growing inside the United States for several decades. Common Core’s entrance into public and private education has only accelerated the trend.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 14, 2015

Why Politics Can’t Drive the Gospel
Russell Moore

One of the reasons I say that it is good for American Christianity to no longer think of itself as a “moral majority” is that such a mentality obscures the strangeness of the gospel.

Kim Davis And The Rule Of Law
Richard Samuelson, The Federalist

Kim Davis views her stand as simply one of conscience rights, but it implicates many more questions about the rule of law and the democratic process.

The US government wants more students to do apprenticeships straight out of school
Anne Quito, Quartz

US president Obama announced plans for a hefty new investment in apprenticeship programs across the country.

Economists getting Africa wrong are a warning for the rest of us
Laura Seay and Kim Yi Dionne, Washington Post

In the conclusion to his excellent new book, “Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong,” economic historian Morten Jerven asks the question, “Do economists have a character flaw that makes them incapable of doing scholarly work on Africa?”

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 11, 2015

How Christians Can Evaluate Religious Liberty Objections
Russell Moore and Joe Carter, TGC

Here’s a standard by which we can fairly consider the claims of religious objectors.

Four Reasons Christians Should Support Kim Davis
Rick Phillips, Reformation 21

Christians have different reactions to Kim Davis. Many have criticized her for failing to perform her duty as the law requires, often citing Romans 13. But put in biblical and historical context, Christians should be supporting Davis, praying for her and rallying to her cause.

When Progressive Policies Cause Creative Destruction
Ben Weingarten, The Federalist

Since automation trends are primarily government-driven, non-elites who vote for progressive candidates are going to have an increasingly tough time.

Looking for Calvin Coolidge
Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative

Coolidge wrote about an American populace who “want to be told the truth … The people want a government of common sense.” But do we still have that?

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Kim Davis: The Issues of Accommodation and Burden
Rob Schwarzwalder , FRC Blog

There is a lot of misunderstanding about the nature of Mrs. Davis’s case. Various Christian writers have argued that she is embarrassing Evangelical faith, that she simply should resign, that Christian leaders’ rhetoric defending Mrs. Davis is overheated, etc. What they are failing to consider are two essential concepts that underlie the Davis case.

The New Poverty Fighters
David Lapp, Family Studies

The new poverty fighters believe tackling poverty requires relationships: more walking-with, less doing-for.

For Better Economic Mobility, More Flexible Jobs
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

A worker’s socio-economic status often mirrors their parents, but more flexible jobs could change that.

With Educational Outcomes, Does Money Matter?
Isabel Sawhill, RealClearMarkets

The age-old debate about whether money matters for educational outcomes is sure to be debated in the 2016 Campaign. Gov. Scott Walker has cut aid to local schools evidently believing that school budgets are bloated. In the meantime, many Democrats are said to be too close to the teachers’ unions and too interested in throwing money at the problem. What should we believe?

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What’s Next for Kim Davis?
Marina Koren, The Atlantic

The Kentucky county clerk who was jailed over her refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been freed.

IRS chief Koskinen and the tax status of faith-based colleges
Brian W. Walsh, The Hill

IRS commissioner John Koskinen deserves a measure of praise from all who hope to see America’s great heritage of robust, peaceful religious pluralism preserved for future generations.

The Relationship Between Poverty and Unwed Births
Kay S. Hymowitz, The Daily Signal

Not everyone has been convinced, but the disadvantage that attends growing up with a single mother is no longer controversial or hidden. Experts have also begun to understand that unwed childbearing is deeply entwined with poverty.

Hundreds of Refugees in Germany Convert to Christianity
The American Interest

A must-read article in Christianity Today profiles a church in Berlin that has seen astonishing growth from Muslim refugees who have converted to Christianity.