Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Conservatives in Congress urge shutdown of tax-collecting IRS
Susan Cornwell, Reuters

It’s a U.S. taxpayer’s dream: make the Internal Revenue Service go away, and the largest conservative group in Congress is endorsing just that.

The Left Replaces Rule of Law with Rule of Politics
Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

The rule of law based merely upon ideological prescriptions fashioned by men essentially becomes a rule of politics.

Why Trump’s Government Spending Will Destroy The Economy
Willis L. Krumholz, The Federalist

Many GOP voters think they’re getting something new in Donald Trump. Actually, they are opting for Bushonomics and Obamanomics on steroids.

The Crime of Nations: The Underappreciated Role of Family Factors
Robert VerBruggen, Family Studies

Nations with young mothers and absent fathers also tend to have high crime rates.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law
Daniel Wiessner, Reuters

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by business groups to a trendsetting Seattle law that will raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, leaving in place a lower court’s decision to uphold the statute.

Is religious liberty an American foreign policy priority?
Travis Wussow, ERLC

While the designation of countries of particular concern this year was an important step, the United States can be doing more. Promoting and protecting international religious freedom must be a key priority within American foreign policy.

Illinois school settles separation of church and state case
Alan Scher Zagier , Associated Press

An Illinois public school that requires students who ride the bus to arrive early for optional religious instruction at a Roman Catholic parish has agreed to discontinue the practice in response to a legal challenge.

The Road To Serfdom, In Cartoons
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge

For everyone (and on this site we hope this is everyone) who has read Hayek’s Road to Serfdom before, feel free to “reread” it for the cartoons. For everyone else: read it now.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, May 2, 2016
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You Are $13,000 Poorer Because of Federal Regulations
Ronald Bailey, Reason.com

New study quantifies the damage to economic growth that the accumulation of regulations causes.

Frugality is Hard to Afford
A. Yesim Orhun and Mike Palazzolo, Social Science Research Network

We find that the financial losses low income households incur due to underutilization of these strategies can be as large as half of the savings they accrue by purchasing cheaper brands.

US Commission on Civil Rights Fails to Understand Religious Liberty Laws
Jane Clark Scharl, The Daily Signal

A nine-page dissent released by two members of the eight-member commission defended both the commonsense nature of the religious freedom legislation attacked by the majority and the motives of those advocating for such laws.

Are We Going in Circles Concerning Freedom and Economic Growth?
James Clark, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Economic freedom and flourishing may be correlated, but this does not tell us whether there is a direct causal relationship between them.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 29, 2016
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House Committee Votes to Require Women to Register for Draft
Associated Press

A House committee has approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that requires women to register for the military draft.

It’s time to rename capitalism
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Maybe “capitalism” really isn’t the right word for the free enterprise system, the deep magic that has made America the richest, most powerful nation on Earth.

America’s Uneasy History with Free Trade
I. M. Destler, Harvard Business Review

We seem to be awash in opinions about free trade these days. From U.S. presidential campaign rhetoric to the recently signed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, it might feel like this debate has just started. But debate over trade is as old as the American republic, and it is intertwined with economic theories of competition and geopolitics.

Elon Musk, Crony Capitalist
Veronique de Rugy, Reason.com

The billionaire should spend his own money, not the taxpayers’.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 28, 2016
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The Cumulative Cost of Regulations
Bentley Coffey, Patrick McLaughlin, Pietro Peretto, Mercatus Center

Federal regulations have accumulated over many decades, piling up over time. When regulators add more rules to the pile, analysts often consider the likely benefits and compliance costs of the additional rules. But regulations have a greater effect on the economy than analysis of a single rule in isolation can convey.

The Spirituality of Snoopy
Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic

How the faith of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, shaped his work.

Venezuela’s Government Just Instituted a Two-Day Workweek, Because It Needs to Save Electricity
Jordan Weissmann, Slate

Venezuela’s years-long economic disintegration hit a sad new milestone on Tuesday, when President Nicolas Maduro announced that government employees would work only on Mondays and Tuesdays for at least the next two weeks to save scarce electricity.

Summit aims to halt anti-Christian persecution
Catholic News Agency

This week’s #WeAreN2016 Congress aims to call on the world to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities. Victims of persecution and leaders from around the world will speak about the need for action in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Three Ideas for Supporting Low-Wage Workers
David Lapp, Family Studies

Reforming the earned income tax credit’s payment structure could make it even more helpful to working Americans.

Why K-12 education needs the entrepreneurial spirit
Frederick M. Hess, AEI Ideas

The entrepreneurial premise is that American education is in need of transformative improvement.

America’s high school seniors’ reading and math scores have hit a wall
Joy Resmovits, L.A. Times

America’s high school seniors’ reading and math test scores are barely holding steady or slumping, according to national standardized test results released late Tuesday.

What a 19th Century Political Thinker Can Teach Us About ‘True’ Conservativism
Robert Moffit , The Daily Signal

There is a North Star that should simultaneously guide and unify American conservatives: fidelity to the Constitution and a clear understanding of what Alexander Hamilton called the “new political science” undergirding it.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Is Religious Liberty Biblical?
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion, a broader concept than freedom of worship. It covers the right to live a faith-based life in the public square. Is this a biblical idea or a humanistic opinion with no scriptural foundation?

Are You Crunchy? Thank Capitalism
Bethany Mandel, The Federalist

You can eat free-range eggs, organic kale, fresh juice from your Vitamix, and cruelty-free meat. For that, thank a country that boasts more economic freedom than most.

Eritrean Christians Face A Time of Great Tribulation
Michael Avramovich, Mere Comments

Eritrea’s dictator is Isaias Afwerki, who has ruled his nation as a single-party authoritarian state since 1993. His government’s human rights record is among the worst in the world.

How the ‘Evil Corporation’ Became a Pop-Culture Trope
Angela Allan, The Atlantic

Seventy-five years of American films and novels have articulated deep-seated fears of the power of business.