Weekend Reads – May 21, 2011

Here are four articles/posts from this week that you should read.  These are the best of the best of what I’ve read in the areas of politics, economics, Christianity, and leadership:


Politics – The $6,400 Question” – by James C. Capretta at the National Review Online.  The Democrats say that the Republicans want to dismantle Medicare as we know it.  Capretta shows that the reasoning behind their accusation is false.

Economics – Who said taxes are fair?” – from the Free Exchange blog at The Economist.  The author asks the question, “What is your ‘fair share’?” –

Politicians seem to say if you’re part of my base your fair share is zero. But let’s first acknowledge that probably everyone will have to pay something and then indulge the normative question: who should pay what if the goal is fairness? To me, fairness would suggest taxing behaviour that poses a negative externality to everyone else. Pollution is the obvious example. Fairness can also mean not taxing things you want to encourage, like working and saving, which bolster long-term growth. Instead you’d tax consumption.”

Christianity – Should a Pastor Know Who Gives What?” – by Nelson Searcy at Church Leader Insights.  He raises an interesting question about whether pastors should know the amounts that each person in their congregation gives.

Leadership – 11 Lessons for Graduates” – by Jon Gordon on the Developing Positive Leaders blog.  Jon gives 11 actionable items for recent grads to think about.

Bonus Link – Subsidies to Oil and Other Energy Sources” – by Gary Becker at the Becker-Posner Blog.  Becker argues that, instead of subsidizing domestic oil producers, we should instead tax oil imports, which accomplishes the same thing, except increases tax revenue instead of increasing spending.

What are your thoughts and comments about these posts?  You can leave your comments here.