Sell the Astrodome

Since being closed in 2008, the Astrodome has been the subject of frequent debate regarding its future. Proposals have included demolition, turning the facility into an indoor park, and creating a multi-use facility. While these proposals vary significantly, they all have one thing in common: taxpayers will get to foot the bill.

No matter what […]

Terms Limits isn’t the Answer

The Trump presidency has led to renewed cries for term limits. If we throw the “bums” out, the thinking goes, we can elect representatives who are more responsive to voters. While the appeal of such thinking is understandable, it is fundamentally flawed.

The real problem is not in Congress (or any other elected body), but […]

“Make America Great Again”

Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan was a great success. It resonated with a lot of voters and in my opinion was the main reason he won the election (along with a lot of votes that were simply against Hillary).

But in all the rhetoric associated with that slogan and his campaign, there […]

The Left and Trump Aren’t That Different

Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg has clearly bought into the hysteria surrounding Trump’s election. Reporting on Saturday’s anti-Trump protests in Houston, she writes:

There’s a line somewhere, a place at which Americans would be justified in rejecting the results of a democratic election.

Where is that line? Many Americans believe Trump has already crossed it, not […]

A Call to Abandon Galveston

Brandt Mannchen, spokesman for the Sierra Club’s Houston Regional Group, reveals the true nature of environmentalism in a story about the Ike Dike. The Ike Dike is a storm protection system being planned for the Houston and Galveston area. Mannchen says that rather than build a protection system, we should just abandon Galveston Island.

“Nobody […]

The “War on Drugs” is Immoral

Chris Tomlinson, the Regressive business columnist for the Chronicle, writes that Texas is wasting money on its prison system. I agree with him on that point. But then we part ways. Tomlinson believes that much of the money spent on prisons could be better spent on such as job training, drug counseling, and mental health […]

Altruism and “Economic Justice”

The Regressive movement likes to portray itself as being on the side of justice. But the reality is, the policies they advocate are worse than unjust. They invert justice by granting the unearned and penalizing the innocent. Consider the Houston Peace & Justice Center (HPJC) as an example. Some of the policies the organization advocates […]

The Solution to Houston’s Deficit

The Chronicle reports that the City of Houston will end the year with a deficit for the first time in its history. Mayor Turner attributes the $95 million deficit to the city’s ongoing pension problems. In a statement issues on Friday, he said

We must have meaningful pension reform and we must have a strategic […]

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A History Lesson: What We Can Learn From the 1990s Zoning Debate Typically, when we study history, we learn about the consequences of something that happened. Seldom is there a meaningful reason (or even […]

Demographics and Demagoguery

Houston’s demographics have been changing for decades. The conservative, white majority of the 1980s and before is giving way to an increasingly Progressive (Leftist) and minority population. Pundits worry that politicians are not keeping up with these changes.

As an example, Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg discusses a recent conversation that she had with two Rice […]