Defining Freedom

In an editorial last Friday, the Chronicle states that “Maybe Ted Cruz needs a new dictionary. His definition of ‘freedom’ seem a bit off.” The editorial is responding to the Senator’s plan to allow insurance companies to sell health insurance with minimal coverage, which Cruz calls a consumer freedom plan.

Interestingly, the editorial fails to […]

The Effects of Government Control on Healthcare Costs

In my previous article, I explained that the underlying cause of this country’s transition to socialized medicine was the progressive movement and the collectivist/altruist premise underlying that movement.

One of the main arguments used by the adherents of socialized medicine is its high cost and therefore the inability of people in the lower income brackets […]

Medicaid and the Movement to Socialized Medicine

A town hall meeting led by Rep. Al Green was held in Houston recently to protest the proposed Medicaid cuts in the Republican health bill. A series of “If it were not for Medicaid…” type testimonials were given by several individuals. Most testimonials claimed they wouldn’t be able to afford treatment without the help of […]

A Victory over Evil

For three years, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) investigated Spec’s Wine, Spirits, and Finer Foods, the state’s largest liquor retailer. At the conclusion of its investigation, the TABC sought to pull the licenses for Spec’s 164 stores, unless the company paid a fine of $713 million.

The TABC alleged that Spec’s had accepted millions […]

What We “Should” Pay

A column in yesterday’s Chronicle asks,

In a competitive market, when the price of raw materials goes down, consumers should pay less for finished goods, right?

The columnist goes on to point out that when cattle prices plunged, the price of beef decreased only slightly. The author concludes that greedy middlemen–beef processors–refused to pass on […]

In the Name of Competition

This past Sunday, the Chronicle editorial board revealed how confused and unprincipled it is. An editorial called for the federal government to use antitrust laws to block Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods.

Amazon’s business model is to become a monopoly. Buying Whole Foods gives the online retailer its first major foothold in the brick-and-mortar grocery […]

Why Discrimination is Inescapable

Last week, California banned state-funded travel to Texas, saying that a new adoption law passed by Texas is discriminatory. California law restricts the use of state funds to travel to places that “authorize discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Seven other states are on California’s no-travel list.

Ironically, in issuing such […]

Lobbying and Cronyism

Chronicle columnist Chris Tomlinson makes an issue out of the fact that Uber lobbied the Texas legislature to block local efforts to regulate the company:

When Houston’s city council refused to bend to Uber’s demands, and Austin voters threw Uber out of the capitol, Kalanick hired a team of high-priced lobbyists to buy friendly statewide […]

The Evil of Occupational Licensing

A bill is being considered in Austin that will redefine what it means to be a psychologist. Anyone who engages in certain conversations with others will be considered a criminal if he doesn’t meet the state’s criteria. The bill would force life coaches, hypnotherapists, spiritual healers, business coaches, positive thinking coaches, and countless others to […]

Safe Buildings and City Regulations

The City of Houston makes building owners jump through outrageous hoops to obtain permission to occupy and use their property. Ostensibly, these regulations are intended to ensure the safety of those use the building. But as a recent audit of the Life Safety Bureau of the Houston Fire Department discovered, those regulations are nothing more […]