September 2009

Shapleigh: More Government To Fix Government

Texas Politics, from the Houston Chronicle, reported that ultra-lib state senator Eliot Shapleigh of El Paso has authored a paperback book in which he points out “what he sees as dire consequences facing Texans.” “Grover Norquist said in 2001 that: “My goal is...

City of Austin Shifting Costs

In an effort to keep up with city improvements without growing Austin’s budget city manager Marc Ott is employing a new cost sharing technique.  Ott is hoping to match willing residents, non-profit groups and businesses with the city to fund tasks like...

Public Distrust Of Media Well Earned?

Two points on maintaining credibility with the public. First, let’s turn to Texas self-anointed conservative commentator Gary Polland of Houston. In his once widely read Conservative Review, Polland writes, in another of his columns promoting Kay Bailey...

Carrollton’s Responsible Budgeting

While it seems like these tough fiscal times aren’t news anymore, how taxing entities deal with them should be. The Metroplex suburb of Carrollton’s city council recently demonstrated fiscal responsibility by attacking revenue shortfalls through spending...

Simply Unhealthy For Texans

In exchange for higher taxes and worse budget pressures, Texas could expect to continue to find high numbers of uninsured people, if President Obama gets his health care “reform.” My friend Arlene Wohlgemuth, an expert in health care policy and a former...
Is Border Violence Important?

Is Border Violence Important?

Last week Governor Perry announced the deployment of special teams of Texas Rangers to our border with Mexico to deal with increasing violence. Perry said it was necessary, in part, because the federal government has failed to address growing problems there, the AP...