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 – “An Extended Argument About the Politics of RyanCare” – by Reihan Salam at The Agenda blog, from National Review Online. Salam argues that Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal in the House had two goals: (a) to demonstrate a new seriousness about entitlement reform; and (b) to pull the debate on Medicare reform rightward.
Economics – “Were the Pre-Federal Reserve Days So Bad?” – by Vern McKinley at Free Banking. For those of you who believe we should abolish the Federal Reserve, McKinley gives you some ammunition. He tells of how things worked during the Panic of 1907, and how private bailouts worked before the Federal Reserve.
Christianity – “How to Honor Your Wife” – by Mark Driscoll at The Resurgence. Driscoll gives eight practical ways in which men can honor their wives, including leading spiritually in your household (#8) and working hard for your family (#5). Also, be generous with your wife:
I know guys as well, they’re not generous. I know one guy, he’s such an idiot. This guy makes decent money and he’s totally chintzy with his wife. She gets no spending money, can’t go out to coffee with the girls because he’s a total control freak and tightwad. Be honoring of your wife financially. I’m not saying you have to live at a lavish and high level. But what I am saying is live within your means, you make a budget, you tithe, spend, save, invest well. I know it’s hard to live on one income. I know it’s particularly difficult in this economic climate, but for some of you boys, it’s a built-in excuse to be irresponsible.
Leadership – “6 Ways Leaders Can Build Trust” – by Dr. Jeremy Statton on MichaelHyatt.com. One of the most important parts of being a leader is building trust with the people you lead. Statton offers 6 ways to build trust, including my favorite way, “Build your team members up.”
Bonus Link – “Asking People About Statistics” – by Karl Smith at Modeled Behavior. Are you good at judging demographics? What percentage of the U.S. population would you say is gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual? See if your guess is right by clicking the link, and see what percentage of people guessed the same as you did.
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