Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 10, 2016
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Can Cities Sue Banks Over Predatory Loans? Supreme Court Will Decide
Adam Liptak, New York Times

The Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed whether cities can sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for predatory lending, even if foreclosures that stem from such loans affect a city only indirectly.

Leveraging the workplace for greater good
Diane Paddison, Washington Times

As the former COO of two Fortune 500 and a Fortune 1000 companies and now founder of 4word, the only global nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting, leading and supporting Christian women in the workplace to achieve their potential, I often get asked which model is the better model for philanthropy.

Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington Appear Set to Increase Minimum Wages
Avianne Tan, ABC News

Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved ballot measures to increase their state’s minimum wage, ABC News has projected based on vote analysis.

Pope calls out apathy, greed fueling human trafficking
Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

While progress has been made to combat human trafficking, Pope Francis said Monday, “much more needs to be done on the level of raising public awareness and effecting a better coordination of efforts by governments, the judiciary system, law enforcement officials and social workers.”

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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The Election Is Over. Let’s Get Political.
Jonathan Leeman, TGC

So Donald Trump won. (I can’t believe I just typed that.) Maybe you voted one way. Maybe the other. What now, Christian?

Nuns critical in fight against trafficking, says advocate
Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

Because religious focus more on providing assistance than publicizing their efforts, the rest of the world is often slower to catch on to where there is trouble, said Ivonne van de Kar, the coordinator of the Foundation of Religious Against Trafficking of Women in the Netherlands.

Protectionism vs. Corruption: Which Is Worse for the Economy?
D.W. MacKenzie, Mises Wire

The revulsion felt by many towards the two major party candidates this election is more than just a matter of personal feelings. There is an economic basis for the apprehensions that most people feel towards Trump and Clinton.

Why I Am No Longer a Socialist
Ismael Hernandez, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Though I blamed America for destroying my parents’ marriage and our lives, in reality socialism was the destructive force.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
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Flourishing requires belief in human potential
Gov. Sam Brownback, Washington Times

The promise of America is a dream. It is not the promise of an easy life, material wealth or even a white picket fence.

How Much Does Social Security Really Reduce Poverty?
Andrew G. Biggs, AEI

CBPP shouldn’t scare people with the implication that Social Security reform will throw millions of people into poverty when the opposite is true.

The Health Care Plan That Promises to Protect Your Religious Beliefs
Rachel del Guidice, The Daily Signal

With open enrollment for Obamacare now open, one health care organization is encouraging people to purchase insurance coverage that respects their conscience and religious beliefs.

Taking ‘Human Action’ into Account Is Important if You Desire Flourishing
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Mises defined economics as the science of purposeful human action. In a Christian context, think of economics as the science of making God-pleasing decisions.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 7, 2016
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Won’t Somebody Please Rescue the Poor Tradinistas Slaving Away as Baristas?
William M Briggs, The Stream

A difficulty with criticizing the Tradinista movement is the embarrassment of poverties: there are so many things wrong, one must pick and choose carefully.

The Vatican’s Illusions About Chinese Communism
David Feith, Wall Street Journal

Cardinal Joseph Zen says that the Holy See misunderstands how repressive China is.

Are Americans Too Corrupt to Value Liberty?
John C. Chalberg, FEE

The founders’ lodestars were liberty and equality. They assumed that greatness and strength would pretty much come along for the ride.

Can Poverty Lead To Mental Illness?
Emily Sohn, NPR

Can poverty really cause mental illness? It’s a complex question that is fairly new to science. Despite high rates of both poverty and mental disorders around the world, researchers only started probing the possible links about 25 years ago.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, November 4, 2016
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Annenberg study: Pope Francis’ climate change encyclical backfired among conservative Catholics
Lauren Sorantino, The Daily Pennsylvanian

Pope Francis’ plea for climate change action backfired among conservative Catholics, according to an Oct. 24 study published by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

‘An incredible impact’: Poor kids are being priced out of youth sports. Here’s one solution.
Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post

As poor children around the country get priced out of expensive youth sports leagues, a volunteer baseball coach in suburban Maryland has devised a novel solution to one of many financial barriers. It’s a small, square checkbox.

The Latest News from Venezuela Proves You Can’t Create Flourishing by Controlling the Economy
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Yesterday brought more news from the heartbreaking situation in Venezuela. CNN reports that president Nicolas Maduro increased the country’s minimum wage by 40 percent – and that hike still only amounts to $67 a month.

How a Christian Relates to the State
John Piper, Desiring God

Should the Christian church renounce the Christianization of the state in this age?

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 3, 2016
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How to Help Poor Children
Robert Verbruggen, The American Conservative

If this election teaches Republicans one thing, hopefully it’s that they can no longer ignore the plight of the country’s lower and working classes. Safety-net reforms that meaningfully improve life for the poor—and are consistent with conservative principles—should be high on the agenda.

Human Freedom Is Up, But Government Quality Is Deteriorating
Marian Tupy, Reason.com

These are interesting times to be an American. The people’s trust in the U.S. institutions is plummeting and the outcome of the presidential election, however it ends, is unlikely to reverse that trend.

The Need to Validate Vocational Interests
Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, The Atlantic

Assuming college is always the best option turns career-minded students away from true learning.

School Choice Benefits Teachers Too
Corey DeAngelis, FEE

Should teachers who forcefully receive resources from taxpayers benefit more, or the ones that produce desired educational outcomes?

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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Tradinistas: A Weird Rewrite of The Lord of the Flies
Angelo Codevilla, The Stream

This essay is part of a series examining how American religious, economic, and political freedom are compatible with Christian views of a good society. It was provoked by the publication of the Tradinista Manifesto, which called for “Christian socialism” and an established national Church.

What else can the government do for America’s poor?
Adam Millsap, Mercatus Center

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1996 welfare reforms, which has generated some discussion about poverty in the U.S. I recently spoke to a group of high school students on this topic and about what reforms, if any, should be made to our means-tested welfare programs.

How Hillary Clinton plans to expand child tax-credit
The Economist

For a long time, Hillary Clinton has said that she wants to reduce taxes for low- and middle-income Americans. But, unusually for her, she has been a little vague about exactly how she would do it. This week she announced a specific policy: to expand the child tax-credit (CTC), which reduces income-taxes for parents.

How Vocation Inspired Martin Luther to Launch the Reformation
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

One reason Luther’s efforts were so inspiring was because he was, as Veith calls him, “a man of the people.