January 2009

Cash Grab

Ronald Reagan said a government office “is the closest thing to eternal life we will ever see in this world.” Which is why the rush to grab the federal government’s so-called stimulus money is worrisome. Texas House members last week to a tentative...

Can He Be My Rep?

I just got an e-mail from State Representative Ken Paxton, something he apparently sends to his constituents, in which he writes about the need for a strong spending limit in Texas. I wish my legislators knew was spending limits were… Can Paxton by my State...

Toy Train Costs Soar

What a surprise: Austin’s “commuter rail” program already has experienced 17-percent in cost overruns, and the first passenger hasn’t even stepped on-board. And that’s just what the transit agency is acknowledging. The Austin American...

McCain’s Legacy

In voting for the $819 billion pork barrel monstrosity jokingly called a stimulus package, US Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) said he was concerned about the cost, “but even Sen. John McCain’s economic advisor urged it’s approval.” Talk about...

On Perry’s State of the State Address

Watching the State of the State address from the House Gallery, the president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility said on Gov. Rick Perry’s speech was a positive one for Texas’ taxpayers. “Gov. Perry is correctly proposing a restrained program of spending, in...

Text of Perry’s State of the State Address

Following is the text of Governor Rick Perry’s “State of the State” Address offered at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, in accordance with the Texas Constitution. (Offer your comments on the speech here.) It is truly an honor for me to be...

Power Attracts Money

So lots of money is spent lobbying Texas state legislators. And that, we are told, is a bad thing. Left unconsidered is why so much is spent in the first place. The answer? Government’s power over your land, your home, your business, your wallet, your children,...

Don’t Mess With Texas

Texas Legislators need to pay careful attention to the stimulus package being crafted by the new administration and the impact that it could have on our state’s budget. Built into the new stimulus package is a stealthy subsection called the Unemployment Insurance...

Address Problems Not Symptoms

According to the Longview News-Journal currently unemployed Texans and those in danger of losing their posts need not worry, the state isn’t cutting benefits. But given the alternatives it might be time to reconsider. State law requires that our trust fund balance...

Limits & Priorities

Everyone is about to get a refresher-course on the efficiency inspired by scarcity. According to press reports, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wants to get more eligible kids on the state health insurance program. But he’s also committed to keeping the overall budget growth...