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What We’re Reading: August 19, 2016

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We are often asked what our team reads, and now we’re letting you in on the secret!

At the end of every week, members of our team will share a book review and articles that have informed and inspired us as we work to promote the principles of free markets, limited government, and strong families.

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Recent decision provides blueprint for future cases; the battle for religious liberty is not over.
What Conservatives Did to Pull Off Religious Liberty Win in California
Andrew Egger, The Daily Signal, August 12, 2016

NY Times makes a strong case against funding government with a lottery.
The Billion-Dollar Jackpot: Engineered to Drain Your Wallet
Jeff Sommer, The New York Times, August 12, 2016

Pension plans are in trouble, but do taxpayers grasp the seriousness of the situation?
The $6 Trillion Public Pension Hole That We’re All Going to Have to Pay For
Ed Bartholomew and Jeremy Gold, MarketWatch, August 16, 2016

Free speech for everyone? The progressive interpretation of the First Amendment is simply wrong.
Who’s ‘Weaponizing the First Amendment’—the Left or the Right?
Brian Miller, The Federalist Society, August 17, 2016

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America by Arthur Brooks. 2015. 256 pp. Broadside Books. $27.99.

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America
by Arthur Brooks
Reviewed by Katie Tooker, API Donor Relations Manager

“In The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America, Arthur Brooks, CEO of the American Enterprise Institute, explains that America is losing the war on poverty. But he is emphatic that conservative, free market principles (along with strong leadership) still hold the key to fighting poverty around the world. The problem, Brooks opines, is that conservatives don’t do a good enough job explaining how their policies, rather than big government, truly help improve the lives of those in poverty. But talking isn’t enough—conservatives need to be leading the charge to see these policies put into practice at the state and federal level.

“Brooks notes: ‘Conservatives need to be warriors for real fairness, which means we have to fight for real entrepreneurship. We need to fight for the policies and culture that will reverse troubling mobility trends. We need schools that serve children’s lives instead of adults’ job security. We need to create hope by encouraging job creation for the most marginalized, and declare war on barriers to entrepreneurship at all levels. And we need to revive our moral appreciation for the cultural elements of earned success.’

“This book was required reading for me when I joined API, and it really encapsulates exactly what our mission is each and every day!”

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