Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, November 13, 2015
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Religious liberty key to refugee crisis, leaders say
Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities are essential to resolving the escalating refugee crisis in Syria and other countries, human rights advocates said at a forum in the nation’s capital.

The mysterious creator of bitcoin could be nominated for a Nobel prize in economics
Ian Kar, Quartz

No one knows exactly who Satoshi Nakamoto is (though many have tried to find out). That hasn’t stopped a UCLA finance professor from promising to get the pseudonymous bitcoin creator nominated for the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences—or, as it’s more commonly called, the Nobel prize in economics.

A marriage penalty for the poor
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Few issues in American politics are more hotly debated than the role of marriage in explaining poverty. Some argue that the decline in marriage is one of the main contributors to poverty and low-income in America. Others argue that economic and structural factors are more important. But whatever side you come down on, it is hard to justify financially penalizing couples with children who choose to marry.

Washington raises pressure on India over U.S. human trafficking visas
Jason Szep, Reuters

The U.S. government is stepping up pressure on India to end a controversial policy of placing restrictions on passports of Indian nationals rescued from forced labor or human trafficking in the United States, a U.S. State Department official said.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Christian Belief Cost Kelvin Cochran His Job
Jason L. Riley, Wall Street Journal

Atlanta says it terminated its fire chief because he published a book without permission. The real reason is because of what’s in it.

Freedom to Care for the Poor
John Ashmen, RealClearReligion

While news reports regarding the pontiff over the past few weeks have focused on doctrinal disputes among some Catholic bishops, Americans should not forget the vital — and unifying — themes regarding civil society and service to our neighbors that Pope Francis stressed during his U.S. visit just one month ago.

Cuomo to Create $15 Minimum Wage for New York State Workers
Jesse McKinley, New York Times

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to unilaterally create a $15 minimum wage for all state workers, making New York the first state to set such a high wage for a large group of public employees.

Obamacare: Big Brother vs. the Little Sisters
John Zmirak, The Stream

Our new battle is not with overt Marxist tyranny, but with something more subtle — an irreligious government that wants to agglomerate ever more power over our lives in the name of making things fairer and keeping people happier, of smoothing over our differences and soothing our fragile egos.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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The Policy Prescriptions of Pope Francis
Barbara F. Walter, Political Violence at a Glance

Pope Francis has spoken surprisingly little about political violence. What he has said, however, has been powerful. In a speech on September 1, 2013, the pope spoke out against political violence by declaring that “war begets war, violence begets violence.”

Europe will help African migrants send remittances home at cheaper rates
Sibusiso Tshabalala, Quartz

Each year, over $30 billion in remittances is sent to sub-Saharan Africa by some 30 million African migrants living in the diaspora. The cash transfers help households pay for housing, healthcare and education, boost foreign reserves, and even compose a significant part of the GDP in some countries.

The Great Enrichment
Deirdre Nansen Mccloskey, National Review

What made us rich are the ideas backing the system — usually but misleadingly called modern “capitalism” — in place since the year of European political revolutions, 1848.

Latinos Want A Pathway To School Choice
Paul DiPerna, The Federalist

The results are in, and Latino families want drastically different school options than they’re getting. In fact, so do most Americans.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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Want less corruption? Free the markets
Nicole Gelinas, New York Post

If you’re powerful enough to take someone’s home, it stands to reason that you’re powerful enough to reap some benefits on the side. But if you’re desperate for a retail job at a new government-subsidized mall, so what?

Pope Francis pushes labor rights, human trafficking fight
Inés San Martín, Crux

Pope Francis on Saturday burnished his credentials as a “labor pope,” calling for the protection of women in the work force, a stronger safety net for the unemployed, and time off from work as a right.

Knowing About Economics and Knowing Economics
Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek

There are people who know a fair amount, or even a great deal, about economics. To know a lot about economics, however, is not to know economics; it’s not to know how to think like an economist.

Big Government is young. Let’s not forget it
Alberto Mingardi, EconLog

If government grows fast, however, culture changes fast too. The sense of entitlement takes root easily in society.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 9, 2015
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In Praise of Lord Acton
David Henderson, EconLog

In preparing for a conference I’m attending in Indianapolis, I read two chapters from Lord Acton’s book of essays titled Essays in the History of Liberty. What a treat!

What Happens When Low-Wage Workers Are Given a Stake in Their Own Company?
Teresa Ghilarducci, The Atlantic

HEB, a Texas grocery chain, is divvying up 15 percent of the company’s stock among 55,000 of its employees.

After Kelo, Governments Keep Nabbing Property
Jared Meyer, The Federalist

After the Supreme Court allowed governments to take anyone’s property for just about any reason, lawmakers pretended to fix the problem. It’s still there.

Borrowing While Poor
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

Upcoming regulation won’t fix the underlying problem of payday loans: a lack of access to credit.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, November 6, 2015
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Where Should Christians Draw the Line on Religious Liberty?
Bryan Ballas, Juicy Ecumenism

Does this mean that the government has the right to crackdown on every matter of right and wrong, including theological wrongs? How do we know?

America’s Unexceptional Poverty Rate
Michael J. Petrilli & Brandon L. Wright, National Review

Does the U.S. lead the world in childhood poverty? Absolutely not.

Does inequality matter?
Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View

We conservatives tend to get less worked up about economic inequality than liberals do, and I think we’re right about that. We should want most people, and especially poor people, to be able to get ahead in absolute terms.

Clinton calls for U.S. minimum wage increase to $12 an hour
Amanda Becker, Reuters

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday at two campaign stops in Iowa that she would like to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour from the current $7.25.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 5, 2015
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Why Should Christians Care About Government?
Mark Melton, Juicy Ecumenism

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” I really enjoy this Mark Twain quote. Sometimes it gets some chuckles, but the chuckles often turn into a tinge of sadness because there is some truth in it.

New article argues poverty not to blame for poor relative test scores
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

An article in Education Next by Michael Petrilli and Brandon Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute takes an important look at child poverty in America compared to other developed countries, and challenges the belief that high relative child poverty in the United States explains away poor academic performance compared to other countries.

Maine Liberals Reject $15 An Hour Minimum Wage
John Fund, The Corner

City voters rejected a proposed increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour tonight by 58% to 42%.

12 Principles of Economic Wisdom
Darrell L. Bock and Greg Forster, Hendricks Center

In this episode, Darrell Bock and Greg Forster discuss theology and economics, focusing on twelve values of the Economic Wisdom Project.