A Flood of Altruism

More than 300,000 home owners in the Houston area can expect significant increases in their flood insurance. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIH), which insures those homes, is more than $24 billion in debt and Congress is expected to end the subsidies that are bankrupting the program.

NFIH was created because private insurers didn’t want […]

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 […]

Altruism and the Homeless

Last week, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced plans to reduce panhandling and homeless encampments in Houston. A part of the plan is the construction of “low-level shelters” under freeway underpasses. The mayor intends to introduce an ordinance that will ban tents on public property, and the taxpayer funded shelters will provide an alternative.

Turner’s “holistic” approach […]

Free Will and “Affordable Housing”

Advocates of “affordable housing” are using the race card to claim that Houston is a segregated city, while ignoring the fact that the segregation that exists is on the basis of economics rather than race. This claim is intended to cloud the discussion and ignore the real issue–the choices that individuals make are the primary […]

Economic Segregation

In yesterday’s post, I examined how “affordable housing” advocates are using the race card to explain Houston’s segregated housing. The advocates are pointing to differences between wealthier neighborhoods and low-income neighborhoods to support their claims. Such claims are an attempt to cloud the issue and push a Leftist agenda.

Houston is a segregated city, but […]

Housing First and Altruism

Conservatives love to talk about limited government and the merits of the free market. But when push comes to shove, they invariably turn to government to solve social problems. Take Gary Polland, former Harris County Republican Party Chairman as an example.

In a recent article on his website, he addresses Houston’s homeless problem. The conservative […]

No Freedom for Me, No Freedom for Thee

Last Friday, the Texas Education Agency released its first “report cards” for government schools. As expected, education bureaucrats aren’t happy with the results. As one example, Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt said:

Our legislators’ ‘ranking’ and comparing of public schools feeds the agenda of those claiming our public schools are failing and vouchers, tax credits, […]

The Pre-existing Conditions Mandate is Immoral

The pre-existing conditions feature is at the heart of what is wrong with Obamacare. It requires insurance companies to pay for the care of new customers who are already sick with often chronic and expensive diseases and to charge them no more than their healthy patients. These are the same insurers that the young and […]

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 […]

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 […]