Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 03.21.17

Freedom Is Essential For True Morality
Alex Salter, FEE

Virtue can be guided by cultural traditions and social institutions, but it cannot be coerced.

Betsy DeVos and the Immoral Society
S. M. Hutchens, Mere Comments

The appointment of Betsy DeVos as the U. S. Secretary of Education over the fevered and unanimous objection of Senate Democrats is a natural and perhaps inevitable (in hindsight, anyway) turning of the tide against the hegemony of the teachers’ unions in public education.

Price on AHCA: Everything’s on the table — except a clean repeal
Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

Just how, exactly, will Donald Trump and Republican leadership generate an ObamaCare repeal-replace bill that can pass both the House and the Senate on reconciliation? It’ll be a “fine needle,” HHS Secretary Tom Price told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week yesterday, but the administration’s willing to play Let’s Make a Deal to get it done — with one exception.

An Open Letter To President Trump And Congress On Trade Agreements
Stephan F. Gohmann, Investor’s Business Daily

Dear Mr. Trump and Members of Congress, You say that we have bad trade agreements with many nations and you intend to fix them. In particular, you intend to renegotiate agreements with Mexico and China, because they subsidize their goods or manipulate their currencies to make their products cheaper relative to American-made goods. Your argument is that this hurts American business.

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).