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Report: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizes ‘sycophants of the system’ at Acton dinner

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was warmly welcomed at the Acton Institute’s 27th Annual Dinner on Wednesday night and won applause for her plans to promote innovation and choice in schools. According to an article on her speech published on the MLive news site, she told dinner attendees that “we can amplify the voices of families that only want better for their kids, we can assist states who are working to further empower parents, and we can urge those who haven’t to start.” The “outdated education model” is to blame for the present lack of school choice DeVos stated, and it is this “”antiquated approach, which, incidentally, is being imitated today by too many private and parochial schools as well, fails families by forcing them into the same one-size-fits-all box.” MLive reporter Brian McVicar noted that “DeVos also touched on the status of education” in her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue Reading...

An evangelical manifesto on wealth creation

Earlier this year two evangelical groups, the Lausanne Movement and BAM Global, met in Thailand to “discuss various aspects of wealth creation, including justice, poverty, Biblical foundation, wealth creators, stewardship of creation and the role of the church.” During the meeting 30 people from 20 nations, primarily from the business world, and also from church, missions and academia, put together the Wealth Creation Manifesto: Affirmations 1. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.19.17

A Tax Proposal That Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty Gene B. Sperling, The Atlantic The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the country’s most effective anti-poverty policies, but it mostly leaves out a huge segment of workers: those without children. Continue Reading...
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Protectionism is economic suicide

The most charitable assumption you can make about people who support tariffs and other forms of protectionism is that they are economically illiterate. But if they are able to demonstrate they understand the economics of protectionism and still support such policies, then we are justified in assuming they don’t care about harming their neighbor. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.18.17

Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons Bob Smietana, Baptist Press In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits–including churches — from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the IRS. Continue Reading...
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How close are we to ending extreme poverty?

Today is the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the UN General Assembly designating October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than $1.90 per person per day. Continue Reading...