Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 21, 2016
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The Downside of the Tax Credit That Keeps Millions Out of Poverty
David Lapp, Family Studies

The tax credit that keeps millions of Americans out of poverty also sends many into a boom-and-bust financial cycle.

Congressman Dave Brat On Why Theologians Should Understand Free Markets
The Federalist

Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia talks about the national debt, the non-existent war between the right and the left, and the decline of religion on Federalist Radio.

Why You’re Already a Conservative Even if You Don’t Realize It
Joseph Williams, Gradient

So what is conservatism, and why are you already a conservative even if that word makes you cringe?

3 charged with several crimes in Flint water crisis
Associated Press

Two state regulators and a Flint employee were charged Wednesday with evidence tampering and several other felony and misdemeanor counts related to the Michigan city’s lead-tainted water crisis.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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How To Use Documentary In Addressing Poverty, Foreign Aid, And Compassion
The Federalist

Co-producer, Mark Weber, explains how “Poverty, Inc.” interviewed over 200 people in 20 countries to understand foreign aid.

Obama Administration Admits It Could Have Respected Nuns’ Rights After All
Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal

It may have taken five years, numerous regulatory updates, hundreds of legal battles, and two trips to the Supreme Court, but the government has finally admitted that, well, maybe it was wrong about the Health and Human Services mandate.

The Problem with Sanders’ “Moral Economy”
Israel Ortega, Opportunity Lives

For Sanders, a moral economy is predicated on big government redistributive policies that treat corporations and free enterprise essentially as enemies of the people: “Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.”

The Economy Grew Last Year, But Poor Americans Needed More Charity
Real Time Economics

While broad economic measures improved last year, one measure of the acute needs of poor Americans worsened.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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The Surprising Link between James Madison, Baptists, and True Religious Liberty
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Madison understood that religious liberty means more than having the freedom to worship.

Trauma, torture for sex-trafficked Syrians in Lebanon
Rana Moussaoui, AFP

More and more Syrians made vulnerable by war are becoming victims of sexual exploitation, including in Lebanon and Jordan, police and international organisations say.

Where America’s Poor Pay the Most for Electricity
Julian Spector, The Atlantic

Poor families face persistent obstacles to cutting their power bill.

LA City Council Halts Discussion of Minimum Wage Exemption Pushed by Labor Unions
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

The Los Angeles City Council isn’t currently planning to further discuss a proposal exempting union members from the southern California city’s new minimum wage, despite the proposal having the backing of labor unions.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 18, 2016
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Did Jesus Oppose Poverty?
Fr. James Schall, The Imaginative Conservative

The last thing that the poor want is to live in poverty. To escape poverty, they had to learn how to be not-poor from the rich who had learned it before them.

Why the Poor Die Young
The Atlantic

A massive study of health and income found that smoking, obesity, and exercise are the most important determinants of longevity. Poor neighborhoods score worse in all of them. What’s going on?

Tax exemption, churches, and the communities they serve
Barrett Duke, ERLC

Alleviating human suffering wasn’t only a work for Jesus to perform. He expected his church to engage in this work as well

The Economics of Human Trafficking
Baylee Molloy, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The human trafficking industry is estimated to generate around $150 billion annually. The industry spans the world, energized by the power of globalization. It targets vulnerable populations affected by war, poverty, and oppression.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 15, 2016
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The Fed ‘is a god that has failed’
George Gilder, CNBC

Why does Wall Street keep recovering after recessions but the economy seemingly never does?

The Sanders-Pope Francis ‘moral economy’ could hurt the income inequality fight
Charles Lane, Washington Post

Democratic socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will depart soon for the Vatican, where he’ll speak at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, a previously obscure body whose ideological leanings are implied by the invitations it extended to Sanders and two other headliners, the left-wing populist presidents of Bolivia and Ecuador.

Pope backs conscientious objection rights for Christians
Crux

Pope Francis on Tuesday warned against an “educated persecution” of Christians today, saying Christians are not only under threat by those trying to kill them, but also by those who want to limit their freedom and their right to conscientious objection.

Why Soviet Refugees Aren’t Buying Sanders’s Socialism
Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

The ultra-conservative views of many in the Russian Jewish community are driven by memories of life in the USSR.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 14, 2016
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Minimum Wage: Is Job Loss Acceptable?
Ryan Young, RealClearPolicy

Finally, some minimum-wage advocates are acknowledging the policy’s tradeoffs. New School economics professor David Howell recently asked the Washington Post, “Why shouldn’t we in fact accept job loss?” He calls for a “living wage” mandate for some, even if it hurts others.

Sanders ties advocacy for a ‘moral economy’ to Pope Francis
Crux

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders invoked the name of Pope Francis Saturday during a campaign appearance at which he touted his own advocacy of a “moral economy” and challenged Hillary Clinton to endorse his plan to expand Social Security benefits by raising taxes on the wealthy.

Why More States Are Requiring Work Requirements for Food Stamps
Elisabeth Zenger, The Daily Signal

Since 2009, nearly all states have been able to waive the modest food stamp work requirement. But these waivers have gradually been expiring, and as of April 1, more states are once again required to enforce the modest food stamp work requirement.

EITC Expansion Backed By Obama and Ryan Could Penalize Marriage For Many Low-Income Workers
C. Eugene Steuerle, The Government We Deserve

President Barack Obama and Speaker Paul Ryan have proposed similar expansions of the earned income tax credit (EITC) for low-income workers without children. Their goal is laudable: to provide some modest additional income support for low-income workers currently excluded from the EITC. But as designed, their proposals would penalize many low-income workers who choose to marry or are married. Taking that step would not only provide a disincentive to marriage, it would be unfair to many married couples and erode support for the credit itself and for wage subsidies more broadly.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Meet The Most Influential Poverty Fighter You’ve Never Heard Of
NPR

He was an accountant for Big Oil. Then came the cyclone of 1970. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed found a new calling — and came up with an idea that could be key to ending extreme poverty.

Canada Won’t Take Some Immigrants with Disabled Children, because of Single Payer
Jason Kuznicki, FEE

It remains for Canadians to decide what Canadians can afford, but it does somewhat beggar belief that that the Canadian system of single-payer healthcare will sink or swim on this particular margin.

The Crony Capitalists of Craft Beer
Jacob Grier, Reason.com

How independent breweries are mooching off state subsidies.

The Christian militia fighting IS
BBC

The anti-IS militia who say Jesus is their inspiration.