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 […]

A “Necessary Evil” is Still Evil

Taxes, many Americans believe, are a “necessary evil.” They are the price we must pay to have a civilized society. As an example, one commentator, Bishop Michael Goings, states:

I would like to make a bold and perhaps un-American declaration. I hate paying taxes! Now I know that I have just expressed the conviction of […]

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 Shawshank Redemption

Imagine being convicted for a double murder that you did not commit and then spending twenty years in prison. You would be forced to endure unimaginable horrors, not because you killed two people, but because, as the hero of the The Shawshank Redemption puts it, you were a bad husband and drove your wife into […]

Altruism and the “Public Interest”

No matter which party or politician backs a particular piece of legislation, its advocates nearly always proclaim that it serves the “public interest.” And opponents are just as quick to claim that the legislation is harmful to the public interest. The Keystone XL pipeline serves as an example.

For years, the pipeline was a controversial […]

When “Rights” are Wrong

While celebrating Houston’s diverse ethnic and racial population, Texas Leftist decries the fact minorities are underrepresented in local and state government. To those on the Left, political power is more important than political freedom.

Until these minority communities discover the true political power which they hold, they will continue to be underserved, underrepresented and under-appreciated.

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The Ideology of Texas Republicans, Part 5

To Rick Perry, and many conservatives, Progressive policies are guided by the “shifting sands of moral relativism.” Moral relativism, he has written, “would remove any mention of God from the public square, would sanitize our society of bright lines dividing right and wrong, and would elevate doing what ‘feels good’ as a moral imperative higher […]

Unchallenged Premises

For decades, statists have confronted Houstonians with a seemingly endless series of policy proposals allegedly intended to make our city better. From outlawing billboards to zoning, from historic preservation to anti-discrimination, activists and politicians have claimed that without more government controls and regulations Houston will descend into depravity and economic ruin.

Underlying all of these […]

Autism, Altruism, and Discrimination

The Chronicle has been running an investigative series on special education in Texas. The articles claim that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has issues a guideline that school districts cap the students in special education programs to 8.5 percent as a way to cut costs. The series argues that this guideline violates federal law, which […]

Altruism Versus Justice

In an editorial last week, the Chronicle demonstrates that altruism isn’t limited to the devoutly religious. It is a scourge that afflicts Houstonians of nearly all religious persuasions. The editorial briefly relates the story of Jesus’ birth, which it calls an “outlandish theological claim.” The editorial goes on to state that Jesus later

will remind […]