Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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Where Children Rarely Escape Poverty
Emily Deruy and Janie Boschma , The Atlantic

Charlotte, North Carolina, ranks low on upward mobility, but the city is trying to make the American Dream more accessible.

What Many Small Businesses Call Their Biggest Challenge
Patrick Tyrrell, The Daily Signal

The 2015 Small Business Credit Survey Report on Employer Firms, released March 3 by seven Federal Reserve Banks, contains disturbing news.

Minimum Wage, Maximum Automation
Adam C. Smith and Stewart Dompe, FEE

Hardee’s customers won’t have to deal with Hardee’s human employees much longer. The fast food franchise is experimenting with self-service kiosks at several of their restaurants, claiming, “The self-ordering kiosk gives the customer a fun, interactive and user-friendly way to control their order.”

Trade with China Reduced Domestic Inequality
David Henderson, EconLog

Broda and Romalis show that the prices of the items in the market basket that low-income families buy have increased less than the prices of the items in the basket that high-income families buy.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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An Unjust Law Is No Law at All
Lawrence W. Reed, FEE

Augustine argued that a rational creature made in God’s image was meant to have dominion over nature, not over fellow men. At a time when slavery was common and widely viewed as acceptable, declaring it unequivocally sinful was positively bold and refreshing.

Crony Capitalism: Inefficient, Unjust, and Corrupting
Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse

Cronyism in the marketplace not only damages the economy. It is also unjust and deeply corrupting of the body politic—perhaps especially of democracies.

The Bleak Reality of Single Parent Households
The American Interest

A new policy brief derived from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Survey of American Family Finances and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics shows exactly how much family really matters when it comes to helping kids out with important life events and transitions on the financial side.

Sanders’s comment on white people and poverty creates social media stir
Ben Kamisar, The Hill

Bernie Sanders stumbled on a question at Sunday’s debate over whether white Americans can empathize with blacks, stating that white people don’t know what it’s like to be poor.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 7, 2016
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Teddy Roosevelt Still Hurts Farmers Today, Property Rights Advocate Says
Kevin Mooney, The Daily Signal

American farmers haven’t had the benefit of operating under a free market system since the early 20th century, property rights advocate Joel Salatin says.

Religious Liberty in America: The Next Chapter
Michael Needham, The American Interest

Unilateral disarmament in the culture wars is impossible when the left is on offense.

Senate Dems offer rival bill on GMO food labels
Lydia Wheeler, The Hill

Senate Democrats are pushing a rival bill on labeling for genetically modified foods.

Will the New SAT Better Serve Poor Students?
Mikhail Zinshteyn, The Atlantic

The exam has been decried as out of touch and unfair. Now, the College Board is fighting back.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, March 4, 2016
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Senate Energy Bill Will Only Increase Government Cronyism
Nicolas Loris, The Daily Signal

Do we need a national energy plan? Many politicians think so. In fact, the Senate is considering a massive new energy bill that’s more than 400 pages long.

Pope to Church benefactors: We don’t need your blood money
Associated Press

ope Francis has a message for Church benefactors: The Church doesn’t want your money if it comes from exploited workers.

How the Church Helps Black Men Flourish in America
W. Bradford Wilcox and Nicholas H. Wolfinger, The Atlantic

The structure it provides, along with the values it instills, strengthens employment prospects, family life, and more.

Does Donald Trump know the difference between crony capitalism and competitive capitalism?
James Pethokoukis, AEI

This really gets at a big problem with Trumpism and its focus on high-level deal-making. When President Trump, Congress, and big business are negotiating about some tax or spending issue, who’s left out? The future.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 3, 2016
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How To Redirect Today’s Socialism And Fascism Towards Limited Government
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

In the midst of the nightmare, we might take comfort in this silver lining: if we wake up, there may still be a path forward.

Myth of the Rational Voter 2016
Bryan Caplan, EconLog

While the public perennially exhibits what I call anti-market and anti-foreign biases, 2016 is egregious. Sanders is anti-market bias personified, Trump is anti-foreign bias personified. Sadly, my claim that the median American is a “moderate national socialist – statist to the core on both economic and social policy” looks truer than ever.

Two States That Are Working to Protect Religious Liberty
Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal

With state legislatures entering the busiest time of their legislative calendar, a number of states are considering Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA) that would protect citizens’ fundamental rights from unreasonable and unnecessary government coercion.

Understanding Injustices against the Excluded Poor
Baylee Molloy, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

There is something missing in the fight against global poverty: economic freedom. In our constant effort to define poverty, we have focused too narrowly on the symptoms of poverty and not enough on the actual cause.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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Are Working Class Gripes Real, Or Exaggerated?
Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

If you just look in economic terms, America’s bottom third has it better than 99 percent of people in world history. They’ve still got legitimate grievances.

The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools
Janie Boschma and Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic

An exclusive analysis uncovers that students of color in the largest 100 cities in the United States are much more likely to attend schools where most of their peers are poor or low-income.

Poll: Only 15 percent say they have benefited from ObamaCare
Sarah Ferris, The Hill

Just 15 percent of people say they have personally benefited from ObamaCare, although more than one-third believe it has helped the people of their state, according to a poll released Monday.

Why liberals may be out of step with everyday Americans when it comes to religion
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI

During this wild and unconventional GOP presidential primary, one axiom of conservative politics seems to have stayed in place – faith matters. In their own unique way, each of the remaining candidates has leveraged their religious views to connect with everyday voters. However, some seem to think that this approach is anachronistic and out of touch with the pulse of American politics in the 21st century.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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The Bible and Hayek on What We Owe Strangers
Sarah Skwire, FEE

It’s so much easier to sympathize with our own problems and with the problems of those we love than with the problems of complete strangers.

Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Reduce Inequality
Christos Makridis, The New Republic

Many of the articles in the mainstream press promoting minimum wages are incompatible with basic economic principles.

The Troubling Stakes of the Originalism-Living Constitutionalism Debate
S. Adam Seagrave, Public Discourse

Any defense of constitutional originalism depends on accepting the principles of natural law and natural rights on which the Constitution was founded. Unfortunately, these principles no longer have meaning for most judges, politicians, and ordinary citizens today—which has troubling implications for the future of our republic.

Candidates Make Mishmash of Religious Liberty
Quin Hillyer, PJ Media

Perhaps a modern presidential primary debate, full of political one-upmanship, is not the best place to look for thoughtful answers to serious questions – but, still, it was infuriating to see the way every Republican on stage Thursday night made a complete hash of the issue of religious liberty.