PowerLinks – 12.31.12

December 31, 2012 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks – 12.31.12

What I Learned in the Poverty War Peter Cove, City Journal Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor. How Government Suffocates Charity Joy Pullman, Values & Capitalism The pending January 2 tax hike—what everyone is calling the “fiscal cliff”—will mean we cannot afford half our usual charitable contributions next year. Continue Reading...

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PowerLinks – 12.28.12

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