Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Entrepreneurship Center Of Easterly’s Hayek Lecture On Poverty Alleviation
Atlas Network

In his 2015 Hayek Lecture at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, development economist William Easterly explained that the most important factor in lifting people out of poverty is allowing free markets and entrepreneurship to flourish.

Human Rights As a Religion
Mark Movsesian, First Things

Human Rights purports to provide a grounding for morality and social order—what Christianity used to do. The problem, Scruton says, is that Human Rights is itself without foundation and therefore cannot play the role people wish to assign it.

Americans divided on government’s role in space exploration
Monica Anderson, Pew Research

From the moon landings to Star Wars, Americans have long had a fascination with space and affection for NASA, but today’s public is divided on what role their government should play in future space exploration.

Leftists Are The Economic Science Deniers
Patrick Hedger, The Federalist

Several major Obama administration positions fly in the face of widely accepted economic theories, even those taught in Economics 101. This includes climate change.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Catholic schools like the new federal education law
Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service

The measure, overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate, also was endorsed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, the National Catholic Educational Association and the Council for American Private Education.

Has Congress Already Forgotten About the Deficit?
Russell Berman, The Atlantic

A sweeping tax bill under discussion would cost $700 billion to $800 billion over a decade, erasing revenue generated from recent fiscal deals.

The latest social science is wrong. Religion is good for families and kids.
W. Bradford Wilcox, AEI

It’s a message we hear more and more: Religion is bad. And certainly recent headlines — from terrorist attacks perpetrated by radical Islamists in Paris and San Bernardino to the strange brew of warped Christian fundamentalism that appeared to motivate alleged shooter Robert Dear at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs — feeds the idea that religion is a force for ill in the world.

Corporations are People, Too
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

The contemporary left’s extreme anti-corporation position is hostile to the traditional legal culture of American liberty, which advances the common good by protecting the rights of both individuals and formally organized groups of people.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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How Economic Sanctions Affect Poor People
Matt W. Dawson, The Federalist

The United States sanctions Zimbabwe to target fewer than 200 people and institutions. Here’s how that affects the other 14 million.

Christian leaders call for unity in response to persecution
Inés San Martín, Crux

Unless Christian denominations set aside their differences and work together, Christianity will not survive in Syria and Iraq — and is endangered in Burma, China, and Cyprus as well.

How a Family Allowance Could End Poverty
Peter-Christian Aigner, The Atlantic

An old idea to keep women at home could expand economic opportunities for the nation’s poorest—and middle-class—families.

For the first time, less than 10 percent of the world is living in extreme poverty, World Bank says
Adam Taylor, Washington Post

The World Bank provided some relief from bad news this week with some fresh, positive data: For the first time ever, it estimates that the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty will fall below 10 percent.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, December 14, 2015
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Can Google Silence the Church?
Chelsen Vicari, Juicy Ecumenism

Where will the next challenge to religious liberty arise? Among some, there is a growing concern that the next threat to religious liberty will be a cyber showdown.

American Liberalism’s War On The Poor: The ‘Tax The Rich’ Myth
Tom Rogan, Opportunity Lives

All economic choices have consequences. And whatever liberals might claim, their “tax the rich” proposals would cause most harm to the poorest in our society. Again, on paper, it sounds great: taxing the person behind the tree, leads to a happier society for you and for me!

Study Finds School Choice Increases Integration in Schools
Blair Kacynski, The Daily Signal

After decades of initiatives in American public schools to close the achievement gap, the gap between low-income and non-minority students persists. A new study by the Friedman Foundation suggests that school choice may be our best tool for narrowing gaps and increasing integration in schools.

Can ‘Faithful Presence’ Change the World? Some Christian Leaders Aren’t so Sure.
James Clark, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Ultimately, the question may be whether we have more to fear from a road to hell paved with our good intentions, or a road to hell paved with intentions from the enemies of Christianity.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, December 11, 2015
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Chaldean bishop criticizes Obama administration
Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

Metro Detroit’s Bishop Kalabat says “shame” on Obama administration for not doing more for Christians and other displaced religious minorities in Syria and Iraq.

Shocker: Government Regulation of Internet Stifling Innovation
Opportunity Lives

When President Obama instructed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement net neutrality rules, the administration promised it would lead to more fairness in cyberspace. Instead, net neutrality is crushing innovation by causing many companies to delay implementing new services.

The Indistinguishable Catholic Vote
Russell Shaw, RealClearReligion

With the election of a new president less than a year away, at least one thing about the outcome seems reasonably clear: whoever the winner turns out to be, a majority of the voters identifying themselves as Catholics will probably have voted for him or her.

Christian leaders want to meet with John Kerry before State Dept. genocide findings
Catholic News Service

A group of 30 Christian leaders, including Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, has asked for a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in advance of the State Department’s declaration of genocides taking place around the world.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Influence of Churches, Once Dominant, Now Waning in South
Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Prayers said and the closing hymn sung, tea-drinking churchgoers fill Marble City Grill for Sunday lunch. But hard on their heels comes the afternoon crowd: craft beer-drinking, NFL-watching football fans.

Americans Who Don’t Buy Health Coverage Face Heftier Fine in ’16, Analysis Finds
Abby Goodnough, New York Times

Americans who remain uninsured in 2016 despite having the option of buying health coverage through an Affordable Care Act marketplace will owe an average tax penalty of $969 per household, a new analysis has found.

Senate Approves Overhaul of No Child Left Behind Law
Emmarie Huetteman, New York Times

The Senate on Wednesday approved a sweeping revision of the contentious No Child Left Behind law, sending to President Obama’s desk a proposal that ends an era of federal control in education policy after 14 years.

Christians, the State Department, and Genocide
Mark Movsesian, First Things

ISIS is driving Christians from their homes, seizing their property, and, quite often, killing them in the most horrible ways. How does that not qualify as a genocide?

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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Welfare Isn’t Dead
Thomas Main, City Journal

Many eligible and truly needy families don’t apply for TANF, as a new book inadvertently demonstrates.

Mobility and Money in U.S. States: The Marriage Effec
W. Bradford Wilcox, Robert I. Lerman, and Joseph Price, Family Studies

Marriage and family structure matter for the well-being of not just individual kids but entire communities.

This Free Market Solution Can Help Improve Access to Healthcare
Amelia Hamilton, Opportunity Lives

A lack of affordable healthcare options continues to leave many Americans uninsured and with little or no access to medical care. A Florida volunteer program is filling the gap. And if that program were to go national, it could provide more than $2 billion in free health care to Americans in need.

Ten reasons economists object to the minimum wage
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

Proponents of a higher minimum wage point to the obvious and visible benefits to some workers – those who may find a job at the higher wage or keep their existing job and get a higher wage. But that is only part of the story – there are many less obvious downsides to an artificially high minimum wages that take longer to recognize, and it’s those inevitable negative effects that lead economists to generally oppose minimum wage laws.