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Explainer: What you should know about President Trump’s tax reform plan

Embed from Getty Images   Yesterday the Trump administration released its tax-reform plan, which the White House is calling the “biggest individual and business tax cut in American history.” Here is what you should know about the plan: What are the goals of the tax reform plan: The stated goals are to: • Grow the economy and create millions of jobs • Simplify our burdensome tax code • Provide tax relief to American families—especially middle-income families • Lower the business tax rate from one of the highest in the world to one of the lowest What are the objective for individual taxpayer reform? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.27.17

Why the only future worth building includes everyone Pope Francis, TED A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. Continue Reading...

When work as ‘calling’ becomes an idol unto self

Propelled by an expansion in economic opportunity and the resounding cultural calls to “follow your passions,” today’s workers are more easily latching on to the notion of work as “calling,” or a pursuit of “deeper meaning.” Of course, in many ways, it’s a positive development. Continue Reading...

More than compassion needed for Europe’s refugees

“Irrespective of the political forces at play,” says Trey Dimsdale in this week’s Acton Commentary, “there is no arguing with the fact that such a large number of displaced immigrants presents a monumental humanitarian crisis in which survival becomes the initial, but not final, concern.” Prior to 2014, fewer than 300,000 refugees and migrants arrived in the European Union each year. Continue Reading...

Audio: Victor Claar on whether Trump’s budget is un-Christian

Victor Claar speaks at Acton University On Saturday, Victor Claar, Professor of Economics at Henderson State University and Affiliate Scholar at the Acton Institute, joins host Julie Roys and Jenny Eaton Dyer of Hope Through Healing Hands on Moody Radio’s Up For Debate to discuss how Christians should respond to President Trump’s first budget proposal, especially as it relates to proposed cuts in US foreign aid. Continue Reading...
Victor Claar at Acton University

PowerLinks 04.26.17

Should Mothers’ Labor Force Participation Be a Policy Goal? Amber Lapp, Family Studies Taking care of kids is a full-time job, whether you’re a paid nanny or daycare worker or an unpaid mom. Continue Reading...

Remembering Kate O’Beirne

Longtime Acton Institute friend and supporter Kate O’Beirne passed away this past weekend. Below are Father Robert Sirico’s thoughts on this accomplished woman: I feel like I have always known Kate O’Beirne, so the passing of this woman of keen intellect, sharp wit and fearless rhetoric in confronting the nostrums of our day leaves me feeling very, very sad. Continue Reading...