Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 6, 2016
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New evidence that even not-for-profit Obamacare plans are failing
Scott Gottlieb, AEI Ideas

The not-for-profit insurers that are planned to form the backbone of the Obamacare exchanges, including the Blues health plans, reported yesterday that they lost a lot of money in the first quarter of 2016.

Biblical Business — Engine Of Blessing
Eventide

If you are a business person, let me suggest an addition to your list of most significant Bible passages — Deuteronomy 8:17-18. The passage occurs in the midst of Moses’ farewell address to the children of Israel.

Venezuela’s Crisis Is the Latest Example of Why Socialism Doesn’t Work
Gabriel Castro and Ana Quintana, The Daily Signal

It seems the “Socialism of the 21th Century” is really no different from socialism from the past.

Donald Trump Could Threaten U.S. Rule of Law, Scholars Say
Adam Liptak, New York Times

Donald J. Trump’s blustery attacks on the press, complaints about the judicial system and bold claims of presidential power collectively sketch out a constitutional worldview that shows contempt for the First Amendment, the separation of powers and the rule of law, legal experts across the political spectrum say.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, June 3, 2016
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On What Econ 101 Actually Is (And Says)
Josh Hendrickson, The Everyday Economist

There has been much recent discussion within the econo-blogosphere about the usefulness (or lack thereof) of “Econ 101.”

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds: An Interview with Tim Weinhold
Jeff Haanen, Faith, Work & Culture

What kind of a mutual fund, I wondered, hires a guy to think about and write articles on Christianity and business?

One form of school choice remains undefeated in court
Nat Malkus, AEI Ideas

One thing all approaches to school choice share, aside from offering alternatives to residentially assigned public schools, are predictable judicial challenges.

Payday Borrowing’s Debt Spiral to Be Curtailed
Stacy Cowley, New York Times

The payday loan industry, which is vilified for charging exorbitant interest rates on short-term loans that many Americans depend on, could soon be gutted by a set of rules that federal regulators plan to unveil on Thursday.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 2, 2016
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The Generous Poor
David Lapp, Family Studies

Poor givers donate a higher fraction of their income to others than middle-class and rich ones.

Is this the dawn of bake-me-a-cake libertarianism?
Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

The message was clear: We don’t need those backward Christian Right bozos as much we need as you MSNBCers.

The Truth About Growth
John F. Gaski, City Journal

Statistics refute Hillary Clinton’s claim that the economy does better under Democrats.

Pope Francis set to visit UN agency to push fight against hunger
Ines San Martin, Crux

Pope Francis is set to visit Rome’s World Food Program on June 13, the United Nations’ frontline agency that works to end world hunger.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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An interview with a Haitian peanut butter entrepreneur
Mark R. Weber, Poverty Inc

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when a U.S. food aid shipment of 500 metric tons of peanuts to feed 140,000 Haitian children would be celebrated without question. Times are changing.

US official warns ‘door for Christians in Iraq is closing’
Ines San Martin, Crux

A U.S. government official visiting Rome on Monday said that as a result of Islamic terrorist groups such as ISIS, the “door for Christians in Iraq is closing” and the window of time to prevent their eradication is narrowing.

Are We Still A Nation of Laws?
Nicholas Senz, Crisis Magazine

The root of republican democracy is the consent of the governed. Citizens elect representatives to make laws, and if laws are passed that are opposed to public sentiment, the citizens can respond by removing the legislators.

Federal Regulations Work Overtime To Kill American Prosperity
J.D. Tuccille, Reason.com

Overtime rules that reduce worker and employer flexibility will ensure that there are few jobs and less money to go around in the years to come.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Puerto Rico launches tax crackdown on churches
Kaitlyn Landgraf, Crux

Religious institutions in the United States enjoy broad exemptions from federal taxes, but in Puerto Rico this month, officials are beginning the unprecedented move of auditing churches that abuse their tax-exempt status as part of the island’s efforts to combat its crippling debt crisis.

The incredible miracle in poor country development
Noah Smith, Noahpinion

The amazing improvement in the quality of life of the world’s poor people should be common knowledge by now.

The Chinese Christian Crackdown
The American Interest

Between 1,200 and 1,700 crosses have come crashing down over the past two years in China’s Zhejiang Province, where the brutal repression of Christians has also seen churches demolished and pastors imprisoned, all with the blessing of top party officials.

How Journalists Manipulate You Into Favoring Big Government
John Bicknell, The Federalist

The language we foist upon people becomes the language in which they think about public policy.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, May 30, 2016
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Why Memorial Day is different from Veterans Day
Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day. Why? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs: Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

The Basic Financial Tool That Can Help the Unemployed Find Better Jobs
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

Without credit, they’re more likely to settle for lower-paying gigs.

Why we still haven’t made much progress on the world’s deadliest environmental problem
Brad Plumer, Vox

Indoor air pollution gets surprisingly little attention for such a lethal public health problem. It kills more people each year than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined, but few countries treat it as a crisis on the same level.

McDonald’s ex-CEO just revealed a terrifying reality for fast-food workers
Kate Taylor, Business Insider

“It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging french fries,” former McDonald’s USA CEO Ed Rensi said in an interview on Tuesday on the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.”

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 27, 2016
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MacArthur’s Thought Police
Lane Davis and Milo Yiannopoulos, Capital Research Center

A foundation helps Twitter and other social media enforce left-wing ideology.

We Know What’s Solving Poverty Around the World
Tori Whiting, The Daily Signal

For nations all around the world, as well as right here at home, lawmakers struggle with how to achieve economic and social progress.

Millennials Reject Capitalism in Name – but Socialism in Fact
B.K. Marcus, FEE

So we’re not entirely sure what “capitalism” means to those surveyed, but we think it has something to do with the system we currently live in.

US official warns ‘door for Christians in Iraq is closing’
Ines San Martin, Crux

A U.S. government official visiting Rome on Monday said that as a result of Islamic terrorist groups such as ISIS, the “door for Christians in Iraq is closing” and the window of time to prevent their eradication is narrowing.