First Responders

Politicians in their public announcements and remarks have repeatedly praised the “first responders.”

I would like to praise the real first responders – my friends and neighbors in Houston who got out their john boats, high trucks, and all kinds of flotation devices and rescued people trapped by flood waters. They often worked for many […]

Helping Others Can Be Selfish

To the good people of Houston, Texas and surrounding communities so devastated by Hurricane Harvey:

I, with you, am suffering Harvey’s mal-effects and sympathize with you. I’ve provided direct help and plan to make financial contributions to help.

It is profoundly selfish on my part to provide emergency help to my loved ones and friends […]

The Libertarian Party and Non-objectivity

Last week, the Libertarian Party (LP) tweeted: “It’s sad that we can look to North Korea for an example of more freedom than the United States.” The now-deleted tweet was apparently motivated by the party’s mistaken belief that marijuana is legal in North Korea. Though a later tweet offered an apology, the original tweet illustrates […]

Bonds, Parks, and Libraries

In November, Houston voters will be asked to approve a $495 million bond referendum. Mayor Turner wants $159 million in public safety bonds, $104 million for parks, $109 million for general government improvements, and $123 million for libraries.

Apparently, Turner thinks that the city’s irresponsible management of taxpayer money is justification for getting more money […]

“Commons” Hypocrisy

Intellectual consistency isn’t a strong point of the political Left. While mouthing empty platitudes about free enterprise, they want to regulate virtually every economic activity imaginable. So, it isn’t surprising to catch a Leftist in blatant hypocrisy. As a case in point, consider “commons” advocate David Brollier.

In an article based on his book, Silent […]

If At First You Don’t Succeed

For decades, environmentalists have been predicting one impending disaster after another. In the early 1970s, we were told that mass starvation would soon result from over population. Then, we were told that a new Ice Age would soon threaten the world. Before long, the environmentalists changed their mind. Freezing to death was no longer a […]

Little Bits 6

Too Many “Sex Toys” In 1973, the Texas legislature passed a law that makes it illegal to possess more than six “sex toys.” The law remains on the books. Supposedly, anyone possessing more than six “sex toys” is promoting pornography. Religious conservatives would like us to believe that pornography threatens our way of life. In […]

Shared Sacrifices

Three weeks ago, Mayor Turner said that he wants voters to remove a cap on property taxes so the city can deal with its budget problems. In other words, he wants us to give him a blank check. He wants to be able to raise property taxes without the restrictions voters previously placed on the […]

Government Without Taxation

If your neighbor broke into your home and stole money to pay for his health care, he would be guilty of theft. If an employer withheld wages from an employee in order to pay for his daughter’s braces, he would be guilty of theft. Indeed, if a private citizen takes money from another individual by […]

How Republicans Can Win Harris County

Harris County Republicans took a beating in last November’s election. Democrats won all four major county offices and swept the two dozen judgeships up for election. Some of claimed that Republican woes in Harris County were a down ballot consequence of Donald Trump leading the ticket. While there may be some truth to this, the […]