In Defense of the Corps

In the midst of Harvey’s unprecedented rainfall, the Army Corps of Engineers was faced with a difficult choice: release water from the Barker and Addicks reservoirs and flood homes downstream, or risk the dams being breached. They chose the former, and now the flooded homeowners are filing lawsuits seeking compensation for the damage to their […]

Harvey’s Newest Victims

The Chronicle reports that more than 1,000 homeowners have requested that the government buy their flooded homes. The Harris County Commissioners Court has asked FEMA for $17 million to buy 104 homes that are considered high risks for flooding.

Since any money spent by government ultimately has to come from taxpayers, this means that individuals […]

How Cronyism Made Harvey Worse

The flood waters from Harvey not even stopped rising before pundits began casting blame. And the blame focused on man-made causes: climate change, the failure of city and county officials to control or mitigate flooding, and Houston’s lack of zoning.

The pundits got it partly right. There is a man-made factor that contributed to Harvey’s […]

Why Houston Didn’t Evacuate

I’ve watched a lot of coverage of Hurricane Harvey on both the local and the national level. I am struck by the incredulity of the national newscasters that the people of Houston didn’t just leave. They almost sound like we are deserving of criminal punishment for endangering our lives.

First and foremost, each individual has […]

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 […]