April 2009 [PAGE: 2]

After The Tea Party

After The Tea Party

What a day! The tea parties were simply amazing. So now what? You and I have to make sure our neighbors and friends who were passionately waving signs and cheering speakers on Wednesday will be actively participating in the political and policy process on Monday. My...

Doctors for Tobacco

Don’t be surprised if your doctor starts prescribing tobacco products. Should State Rep. Warren Chisum of Pampa have his way, doctors will soon have a direct financial incentive to get everyone dippin’ and chewin’. Chisum is, of course, a low-tax...

Sanford Sounds off on Stimulus

Recently governors rejecting UI stimulus funds have come under fire for not doing “right” by their respective states. Of course, those condemning these actions have been clamoring for the expansion of UI benefits for years and are doing their best to push...

Senate: Get Taxed

State senators decided on Wednesday that rather than control waste, end diversions and promote transparency, they’d just let taxes and fees rise. That’s the only message the Senate’s vote on John Carona’s disasterous SB 855 can send....

Permanent Solution

Done your taxes yet? Unless action is taken soon in the U.S. Congress, Texans will lose the federal deductibility of our sales taxes. Fortunately, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison last week introduced a measure to make the deductibility a permanent fixture in the...

House Budget: Fiscally Responsible Framework

While we’ve been critical in the past of State Rep. Jim Pitts, his do-over term as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is looking good for taxpayers. The committee this morning approved the House version of the budget, coming in about $4 billion...

Unstimulating

The free money now flowing from your great-grand-children’s credit cards into the coffers of state government will cost the state 131,400 jobs — or so says a report issued yesterday by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Experience shows increased...

Opposing A New Law School

While not to be confused with a conservative position, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram very sensible is very sensibly opposing the creation of yet another law school in Texas. Let’s face it: There isn’t a shortage of ambulance chasers. The Star-Telegram piece...

When Lefties Attack

One of the leading lights in Texas’ conservative movement is Collin County Judge Keith Self, who has led the fight for tax relief, transparent government and responsible spending. His reward? The typical response from the liberal establishmentarians: vicious personal...

Putting on the Ritz

Dallas County commissioners voted Tuesday to grant an exception to the county’s $125 per night lodging reimbursement rate. The exception was given to Judge Jim Foster, who did not bust the cap by tens or even a hundred dollars but spent 3 times the per night...