Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 9, 2016

What Farmers Know About The Humane Treatment Of Animals
Adriane Heins, The Federalist

A new book on animal rights embraces interspecies identity politics, but it lacks the perspective of people who actually know and raise animals.

Hurting the Poor Is No Way to Help Them: Payday Lending Rules Edition
Veronique De Rugy, National Review Online

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is at it again. In the name of protecting consumers, it would like to ban or heavily restrict a tool that is very useful to them.

Where the Poor Spend More 10 Percent of Their Income on Energy
Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

Hint: almost everywhere in the United States

Does the Division of Labor Make Us Stupid?
Sarah Skwire, FEE

The division of labor might be my favorite human invention.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ending the Corporate-Welfare Circus
Brent Gardner, Wall Street Journal

State gifts to the likes of Boeing, Ford, Google and Apple are unnecessary and unfair. Better to cut the tax rate and reduce regulation.

Limiting Access to Payday Loans May Do More Harm than Good
Paige Marta Skiba, FEE

One of the few lending options available to the poor may soon evaporate if a new rule proposed June 2 goes into effect.

Don’t Talk About Regulations Unless You Name Names
Krista Kafer, The Federalist

Drop the regulation line from your stump speech, or up your game.

Another Open Letter to John Oliver
Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek

Regarding your show of June 5th: your segment that exposes the deceits and dangers of Donald Trump is brilliantly spot-on, but your segment on the debt-purchasing industry rests on a fundamental economic error. So I write with a friendly suggestion: always ask “As compared to what?”

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Proposed Payday Lending Rule Would Leave Borrowers Vulnerable
Nick Bourke, Pew Charitable Trusts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed the first federal rules on payday loans, which 12 million consumers use every year. However, the proposal falls short because it would allow payday loans with 400 percent interest rates to flourish while locking out lower-cost loans from banks.

When Employers Compete, Workers Win; When They Can’t, Workers Lose
Donald J. Boudreaux, FEE

Labor regulations are inherently costly – to workers.

The US government’s new name for the sharing economy is the worst one yet
Alison Griswold, Quartz

The sharing economy is in. Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, etc. So is coming up with new names for “the sharing economy.”

The Compassion of Capitalism
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Despite the ravages of sin, the world is an amazing, awe-inspiring place. This should not be much of a surprise as we know the One who created the world. Sin is less powerful than God and his creation, or sin would have already destroyed everything.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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,

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.