PowerLinks 06.10.13

A Guide to the 2013 Social Security Trustees Report Charles Blahous, e21 Social Security’s total financing shortfall is now larger than it has been at any point since the 1983 reforms, and indeed now requires legislative corrections more severe than those enacted at that time. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.07.13

Why Progressives Are Wrong About Pope Francis and Poverty Rich Lizardo, The American Spectator As Phil Lawler pointed out, every time a pope “denounces selfishness and materialism,” political pundits erroneously equate such denouncements with having “sided with socialists.” Solution to the IRS Mess: Eliminate the Corporate Income Tax Matthew J. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.06.13

The Data Are In: Religious Private Schools Deserve a Second Look William Jeynes, Public Discourse A recent meta-analysis of 90 studies on religious private schools, traditional public schools, and charter schools shows that students perform best academically and behaviorally when they attend religious private schools. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.05.13

30 Public Universities Adopt More Christian-Friendly Policies After Legal Group’s Campaign Alex Murashko, Christian Post A legal effort by the faith-based organization Alliance Defending Freedom launched last year has resulted in 30 of the nation’s public universities and colleges changing their policies to ensure that students’ First-Amendment freedoms are protected, including Christian students’ right to free speech and choice of leadership. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.04.13

Food Stamps Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth Rachel Sheffield and T. Elliot Gaiser, The Foundry The number of Americans on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at historic highs, but some on the left—like Paul Krugman—think that’s not such a bad thing because, as they argue, food stamps “stimulate” the economy. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.03.13

Obama, God, and the Profits Mark Rienzi, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Earning money doesn’t suddenly give the government the right to extinguish your constitutional rights. Christian Martyrs to Islam, Past and Present Charlotte Allen, Wall Street Journal The making of the new saints was a vivid reminder of something that many people, including historians, prefer to gloss over: the pattern over the centuries of Islamic persecution of Christians that continues to this day in many Muslim-majority lands. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.31.13

Poll: Most Americans Say Religion Is Losing Influence in U.S. Frank Newport, Gallup But 75% say American society would be better off if more Americans were religious Flourishing: The Way Things Ought To Be Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics The Bible tells us that full shalom awaits God’s people at the end of this age, in the last chapter of redemptive history when Christ returns to consummate his kingdom. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.30.13

Does the Book of Acts Command Socialism? Art Lindsley, The Gospel Coalition Does Acts 2-5 really command socialism? A quick reading of these chapters might make it seem so. Pope Francis’ affinity for liberation theology — wait, what? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.29.13

The Facts about Food Stamps Everyone Should Hear Rachel Sheffield and T. Elliot Gaiser, The Foundry Food stamp spending has roughly doubled in the past four years, and part of this is clearly due to the recession. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.28.13

Religious Liberty May Be Threatened for U.S. Military Andrew T. Walker, The Foundry Recent events involving perceived restrictions on religious liberty within the Army, Air Force, and the Pentagon have many concerned about the military’s stance toward people of faith. Continue Reading...