Category Archives: Social Policy

Universal Basic Income (UBI)–why it is a terrible idea

One of the hidden-from-view debates going on among intellectuals and elites is the idea of the Universal Basic Income (UBI).  The basic idea is let’s get rid of all welfare programs, and give everybody a check of some minimum amount that would meet the essentials of life.  You could have it baked into the tax system so even the rich get this same check, but then they’d pay a higher rate to recapture for the Treasury what they’d received from… Continue Reading ››

A Modest Response on Immigration

I appreciated my Berans colleague Bert Wheeler’s post on immigration.  But I would like to offer an alternative viewpoint that does not totally disagree with his.  I understand that Dr. Wheeler is not suggesting a “no borders” policy.  Nor does he deny the necessity to screen criminals or potential terrorists.  He also does agree with the need for border security to guard against illegal immigration.  But otherwise he supports an “open borders” policy that, as I understand him, would simply… Continue Reading ››

The Biblical Foundation for Immigration

On this day when there is a definitive possibility of a “shutdown” of our federal government largely because of a lack of agreement about immigration policy, I was reminded from 1 Peter 1:1 that Christians are “elect exiles of the dispersion” (ESV). I thought this a good time to reflect on some Bible passages that should form a foundation for Christian’s thinking on immigration policy. The Bible says very little directly about most contemporary national policy issues. And while the… Continue Reading ››

Gay Marriage in Australia, Socialism, and the hubris of our day

One thing about modern man, he (and she) want to be modern and pursuing the latest and greatest fashion.  This is, of course, nothing very modern at all.  Luke recorded the same phenomenon almost 2000 years ago, in his discussion of the Apostle Paul at Mars Hill, where he editorialized: (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.) Some of my friends have to have the… Continue Reading ››

Culture wars and transgender-ism are inescapable

In The Fellowship Of The Ring, Frodo “wished the ring had never come to me,” to which Gandalf responded, “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times.  But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”  So it is with many of us who approach conflicts.  We wish they weren’t there, or they would stop.  In the words of Rodney King,… Continue Reading ››

The Latest in the Obamacare Saga: Iteration Number x+……

I have refrained from writing about health care recently until I could get a better handle on what would happen.  It seems I now have a better handle–for now at least.  The Senate bill or its iterations was likely doomed to failure for this reason:  There were and are at least three factions at cross-purposes: Moderate Republicans Democrats (almost all) Conservative Republicans We knew the Democrats would vote more or less as a bloc.  But the problem was the Republicans.… Continue Reading ››

The “Better Deal” is Another Raw Deal

The Democratic Party, recognizing that it has lost touch with many of its former constituents, rolled out its “Better Deal” this week in Virginia.  We have now had Teddy Roosevelt’s “Square Deal,” Franklin Roosevelt’s more famous (or infamous) “New Deal,” Harry Truman’s “Fair Deal,” and now the latest “deal” for the American people.  All of these deals by the way were proposed by Liberal/Progressives, coincidentally or not.  As we should let’s look at this new proposal.  To provide a little… Continue Reading ››

Bigger government means less tolerance

Many Americans of all political stripes consider the heated level of political rhetoric to be harmful to our country, and the recognition that we’re very divided is not generally seen as a good thing.  Yet I think we often fail to see the reason why there is seemingly more division.  We blame the 24 hour news cycle, increased partisanship by those evil Republicans/Democrats (take your pick), or loss of cultural civility.  Certainly all of those factors weigh into what is… Continue Reading ››

Who Cares For the Most Vulnerable?

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gard family tonight, as they mourn the loss of their baby boy.  We sorrow alongside of them. The Gard family’s grief compels us to ask a difficult question that lies at the heart of recent debates over healthcare in America.  Who should determine and provide healthcare needs for the most vulnerable in our society (the poor, the sick, children, the elderly)? Responding to Charlie Gard’s publicized healthcare debacle, which included a court preventing… Continue Reading ››

A Tribute to Jane Jacobs and a Christian View of Life in Cities

I realized only this week that last year was the centennial of the birth of Jane Jacobs, who was born in 1916 and died in 2006.  Now some or all of my readers might not recognize the name, but among city planners, architectural scholars, urban historians, urban economists and political scientists of an urban bent, she was (and is) legendary.  So my tribute here also gives me an opportunity to once again write about cities, their successes and failures.  It… Continue Reading ››