Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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Pay for success — How market forces can improve the social safety net
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Pay for Success is an innovative way to finance social welfare programs that could substantially improve the social safety net so that people can finally lift themselves up.

Actually Bernie, Markets, Not Socialism, Promote Kindness
Julian Adorney, FEE

Bernie Sanders’ success is remarkable. He may be behind in delegates, but he remains competitive in a two-horse primary race, despite being an avowed socialist who has made denouncing capitalism central to his campaign.

Congress Digs In for a Turf War Over Poverty
Russell Berman, The Atlantic

Paul Ryan is pushing lawmakers to tackle an issue Republicans have long ignored, but all Democrats see are cuts—and a familiar foil.

Occupational Licensing Reduces Mobility
Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution

Brookings has a good memo on four ways occupational licensing reduces both income and geographic mobility

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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Scalia death a blow to Obamacare contraception challengers
Lawrence Hurley, Reuters

Christian groups asking the U.S. Supreme Court to exempt them from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law face an uphill battle following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last month.

Human Liberty and “The Obsolete Man”
Thomas M. Doran, Catholic World Report

Have we finally arrived at the real—and inhuman—Twilight Zone?

Caesarism for Cities
Stephen Eide, City Journal

To prevent more Detroits, states must rein in local officials’ fiscal recklessness.

Marriage Is an Important Tool in the Fight Against Poverty
W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies

Whatever your education level and race, you and your kids are markedly less likely to be poor if you’re married.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 21, 2016
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Minimum Wage Hike in DC Will Stifle Job Creation
James Sherk, The Daily Signal

While raising the minimum wage sounds compassionate, it will probably hurt the very workers its advocates want to help.

Scientists Discover a Good Climate Surprise
The American Interest

Trees are emitting a lot less carbon dioxide as a result of warmer surface temperatures than previously believed, according to new research published in the journal Nature.

Georgia Guts Religious Freedom Bill
The American Interest

On Wednesday night the Georgia legislature introduced new language to its religious freedom bill and passed the bill in mere hours. Haste makes waste. This new language significantly waters down a religious freedom bill that had real force even though it was, as we pointed out three weeks ago, already lacking in certain respects.

The Case for Originalism
Ilan Wurman, City Journal

Adhering to the original public meaning of the Constitution doesn’t mean that there is no role for interpretation.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, March 18, 2016
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Social Media and Original Sin
Eric Metaxas, BreakPoint

If you ever doubted the reality of original sin, just check the comment section on any website.

Free market needs some ‘Sunshine’
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

Private sector businesses like Twitter and Facebook far from models of transparency.

What “Negative” Interest Rates Are, and What They Mean for Global Economies
Kristin Wong, Lifehacker

What if a bank’s interest rates were so low, they actually charged you to keep your money there? And what if you could take out a loan without paying any interest at all?

Despite Appearances, These Are Great Times for Human Liberty
Jeffrey Tucker, FEE

The resistance has powerful tools at its disposal

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 17, 2016
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Justice Dept. Condemns Profit-Minded Court Policies Targeting the Poor
Matt Apuzzo, New York Times

The Justice Department on Monday called on state judges across the country to root out unconstitutional policies that have locked poor people in a cycle of fines, debt and jail.

Sovereignty & Systems: Why American Government Has Failed
Alexander Salter, The Imaginative Conservative

Sovereignty is a kind of political property right. Like more familiar economic property rights, a political property right is a defined sphere of exclusive control. Unlike more familiar economic property rights, a political property right does not confer a right to enjoy a good or service, but to exercise power.

How Moral Outrage Makes Markets Work
Julian Adorney, FEE

Social signalling makes top-down regulation irrelevant.

Self-Sufficiency, Not Government Spending, Should Be the Measure of Antipoverty Progress
Robert Rector, The Daily Signal

This week President Barack Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services reached the startling conclusion that if massive welfare programs such as food stamps and the refundable earned income credit are counted as income, poverty is reduced.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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Learn to Stop Regulatory Creep
Michael McShane, U.S. News and World Reports

Most regulations and requirements make sense when they’re looked at in isolation, but they add up. By my count, members of the Missouri legislature filed almost 300 bills related to education this session, all probably reasonable to the folks who drafted them. But if all were enacted, think of the new burdens they would place on teachers and administrators.

Socialism’s Bloody History Shows Millennials Should Think Twice Before Supporting It
Stella Morabito, The Federalist

Socialism demands that we place blind trust in whoever takes the power to distribute society’s goods and services. History shows those who have this power abuse it in horrific ways.

What Companies Can Do When Work and Religion Conflict
Kabrina Krebel Chang, Harvard Business Review

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits, among other things, religious discrimination in any facet of employment. Not only must employers not treat workers differently based on their religion, but when a conflict arises between a religious practice and a workplace policy, employers must also try to accommodate the employee.

Flint’s Water Wasn’t “Run like a Business” – and Its Residents Suffered for It
Logan Billman, FEE

The Flint water crisis has been a disaster. However, many are blaming the wrong people, for the wrong reasons.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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The Danger of the Universal Basic Income
David Rotman, MIT Technology Review

Giving everyone a “basic income” is the latest trendy idea sweeping Silicon Valley. It’s a terrible solution to a real problem.

On Trade, Donald Trump Breaks With 200 Years of Economic Orthodoxy
Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times

Donald J. Trump’s blistering critique of American trade policy boils down to a simple equation: Foreigners are “killing us on trade” because Americans spend much more on imports than the rest of the world spends on American exports. China’s unbalanced trade with the United States, he said Tuesday night, is “the greatest theft in the history of the world.”

How Much Wealth and Income Does America’s 1 Percent Really Have?
Bourree Lam, The Atlantic

A new paper from the Brookings Institution suggest that the gap may actually be smaller than economists once thought.

The Upcoming Court Battle Over the HHS Mandate
Fr. Frank Pavone, Crisis Magazine

In what way can simply signing a document be a burden on you or your freedom?