How Powerball Preys on the Poor

When it comes to government programs for redistributing income, nothing is quite as malevolently effective as state lotteries. Every year state lotteries redistribute the income of mostly poor Americans (who spend between 4-9% of their income on lottery tickets) to a handful of other citizens—and to the state’s coffers. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 11.29.12

On Farmers and Subsidies Jake Tawney, The American Catholic One of the farmers explained it in a single sentence, “Subsidies only subsidize those who don’t pay taxes.”  Value, Trade & Faith Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics One of the biggest debates throughout the history of economics is how value is defined and determined. Continue Reading...

Rachel Carson’s Environmental Religion

Review of Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson. Edited by Roger Meiners, Pierre Desrochers, and Andrew Morriss (Cato, 2012) During the 50 years following the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, much has been written to discredit the science of her landmark book. Continue Reading...

Commentary: Living in the Shadow of the Fiscal Cliff

Jordan Ballor looks at the bipartisan lack of discipline in Washington on debt and spending, and the effect on future generations. “Christians, whose citizenship is ultimately not of this world and whose identity and perspective must likewise be eternal and transcendent, should not let our viewpoints be determined by the tyranny of the short-term,” he writes. Continue Reading...

Raising Taxes without a Balanced Budget is Insane

It makes little, or really no sense for Americans to fork over more taxes without a balanced federal budget and seeing some fiscal responsibility out of Washington. The fact that the United States Senate hasn’t passed a budget in well over three years doesn’t mean we aren’t spending money, we are spending more than ever. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 11.28.12

“Where Are The Catholics?” James V. Schall, S.J., Catholic World Report Is Christianity the measure of modernity or is modernity the measure of Christianity? ‘Poverty’ like we’ve never seen it Robert Rector, New York Post The federal government now considers a family of four in New York City to be poor if its pre-tax income is below $37,900. Continue Reading...

The Naked Private Square

In his 1984 book The Naked Public Square, Richard John Neuhaus explained how a strict separationist reading of the First Amendment which forbids all religious speech leaves the public square “naked.” Neuhaus described the “naked public square” as “the result of political doctrine and practice that would exclude religion and religiously grounded values from the conduct of public business.” In a recent law review article, Ronald J. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 11.27.12

What is a Christian’s Responsibility to Government? R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries The New Testament gives us some broad principles on how we are supposed to respond to government. Four Principles of Biblical Stewardship Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics Unfortunately many Christians today only associate the idea of stewardship with sermons they have heard about church budgets and building programs. Continue Reading...