BLOG - Connecting communities with help
Housing is at the core of so much of the need in Lisa Woolley's community: if you don't have a secure and healthy home for your family, other problems are amplified by that stress. But a house isn't a cure-all; Lisa and her team see their housing as a safe place for the necessary next steps of ongoing social work to occur. Each family in their housing has a dedicated social worker responsible for getting to know that particular family, and figuring out what else they might need in order to thrive.
BLOG - Values and voting
So why are evangelicals voting for Trump? Actually, it turns out that they’re not, or at least not the way you’ve been told. Someone’s counted as an evangelical if they say they are, but that doesn’t distinguish between nominal and practising evangelicals. In fact, when "evangelicals" are limited to those who actually hold evangelical beliefs, or say they attend church frequently, they are less likely to vote for Trump.
BLOG - Minimum wage opportunities
Low wage jobs are squeezed out of the market as the minimum wage continues to increase. This is bad news for our job market, as many low wage jobs are crucial entry points for people who are just starting out. As a young man I delivered pamphlets, then newspapers, then progressed to work at the supermarket. I learned a lot. While I knew I was at the bottom of the wage ladder, I had been given a shot to learn about what it meant to be productive.
BLOG - Living Wage disputes
Last week, the Government announced that the minimum wage will soon rise by 50 cents to $15.25/hour, higher than the 25 cent rise predicted by most. Not to be outdone, an hour later the Living Wage campaigners increased their figure by 55 cents to $19.80/hour. Many have taken this opportunity to argue that the Living Wage should be the minimum wage. This would be a massive mistake.
BLOG - Disagreeing well
I remember listening to Justice Scalia giving a lecture at Auckland University when I was a shiny-eyed law student, and watching as my classmates flung themselves into verbal combat with him, somehow entertaining the remarkable idea that they would topple this giant of the common law world with an argument that he’d never even thought of before. Justice Scalia quickly eviscerated the opinions, but he left the students intact.