November 2011

When an Increase is a Cut

When an Increase is a Cut

For more than thirty years, official education policy has been “more money means better education.” And taxpayers have dutifully increased spending by a whopping percentage; per pupil spending on public education has doubled just over the last decade. Of course, they...

How is “more expensive” a competitive edge?

University administrators baffle me.  Every time they want to raise tuition, they justify it by saying they wish to be more “competitive” as a school.  That’s exactly what the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee at the University of Texas stated about...

The Very Definition of Modern Judicial Activism

We hear that term, “judicial activism,” quite often.  It is meant to refer to actions by a judge or panel of judges that create law, instead of doing what the courts are meant for, interpretation of the law.  Almost from the very moment of creation,...

Three things to be thankful for in Texas

There are a lot of reasons to be thankful to live in Texas today.  The wide open spaces, Friday night football, the lack of bitter cold.  I could go on and make a whole huge list, but I’ll leave that to Gary P. Nunn.  After all, this is a political space, and...

Judicial Gerrymandering

It’s not over it yet. When a three-judge panel issued their version of Texas’ legislative maps, many – myself included – assumed it was a done deal; get used to the horrible lines. But fortunately for the state’s voters, Attorney General Greg Abbott and legislators...
Texas election law on churches & petitions challenged

Texas election law on churches & petitions challenged

On Pratt on Texas, I’ve covered the ongoing story in El Paso in which the mayor and council members are facing recall. It stems from El Pasoans overwhelmingly voting against their city providing spousal benefits to homosexual partners of city employees. The mayor and...

Wheels Come Off F1 Subsidy

For months we’ve been joining commonsense conservatives in opposing subsidies for the developers pushing an F1 racetrack. Today, after Comptroller Combs announced any payments from state coffers would come only after a race met specific economic requirements,...