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PowerLinks 01.10.17

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Are most poor people incapable of work?
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Most parents in this country also work, and the assumption that work is not desired by low-income parents is untrue.

States with right-to-work laws and no income taxes grew fastest in the Obama years
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

More than 2 million people moved within the country to no-income-tax and right-to-work states from other states. States with no income taxes attracted significantly more Americans than immigrants; states with right-to-work laws attracted almost exactly the same number of natives and immigrants.

If the US unemployment rate included everyone who says they want a job, it would be nearly double
Dan Kopf, Quartz

Along with GDP growth, the unemployment rate is the most recognized economic statistic in the United States. It’s too bad it is so misleading.

Five Reasons I’m Hopeful about Africa
Bill Gates, GatesNotes

A recent opinion poll found that the majority of Americans are optimistic about 2017. And they should be. The world, of course, faces many challenges. But year after year, life is getting better for more people on our planet.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).