February 2009

Tea, Anyone?

What started as a reporter’s unscripted rant on a cable news channel is turning into a movement. In cities across the nation, informal “tea parties” are being planned for Friday, Feb. 27, to protest the stimulus packages and out-of-control spending. Such gatherings...

Yes, They Will Listen

Taxpayer outrage forced the City of Houston to cancel a program that would have seen taxpayer-funds used to pay off other people’s credit card debt — all in the name of encouraging folks with bad credit scores to have ready access to home mortgages....

Texas Should Forgo Ellis’ Proposal

Now is not the time for state leadership to lose their heads and begin enacting laws that would increase taxation by expanding programs. But that’s exactly what State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) is proposing. Ellis suggests that we 1) “modernize” the way we...

the Texas Sovereignty Resolution

Texas has become the latest state to introduce a resolution regarding the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. House Concurrent Resolution 50 simply recognizes that the individual states can claim sovereignty on all matters that are not specifically granted to the...

Or Maybe We Will Take It…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been one of most vocal critics of the federal porkulus package, so it was a shock to see headlines screaming that Perry was asking President Obama for a big slice. Is it time to pounce on this breach of fiscal faith? As it turns out, Perry is...

Yellow Jersey in This Stage…

Right now the yellow jersey for leading the assault on private property rights belongs to the Texas Restaurant Association. The TRA, until yesterday, had been perhaps the staunchest opponent to a statewide smoking ban but is now formally supporting the measure. The...

Hill’s Back… And You’re Paying For It

Just when taxpayers thought they were safe from the anti-taxpayer ways of former State Rep. Fred Hill, he’s back. Hill used to draw $600 per month from the public treasury as a member of the Legislature working against taxpayer interests. Less than a month after...

Build it and They Will Come

For the second year in a row Dallas must look for ways to cut the budget or risk operating in the red. Last year city management was able to balance the budget with a range of maneuvers but the gap covered was half as large as this year’s and the economy was not in...

Open Schools

How does your school district spend your money? Betcha you can’t find out… That’s why taxpayers should be contacting their lawmakers in support of legislation filed State Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin), H.B. 1314, and State Rep. Brandon Creighton...

Bulked Up

A high school athlete steroid testing program cost taxpayers $6 million, but found the purported problem wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. In fact, only four athletics tested positive out of more than 10,000 tested. State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston has called...