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 […]

Medicaid and the Movement to Socialized Medicine

A town hall meeting led by Rep. Al Green was held in Houston recently to protest the proposed Medicaid cuts in the Republican health bill. A series of “If it were not for Medicaid…” type testimonials were given by several individuals. Most testimonials claimed they wouldn’t be able to afford treatment without the help of […]

“Lunch Shaming”

One of the newer causes of Leftists is “lunch shaming,” which is, as one website puts it, “what happens when a child can’t pay a school lunch bill.” School districts treat the issue differently, but many require the child to pay for his meal by working or simply take the meal away from him.

To […]

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 […]

A Campaign for Evil

For years, the city of Houston has pursued various schemes to make housing more affordable for low-income residents. Despite spending millions of tax dollars, that effort has done little more than create jobs for the administrators of these programs and pay fines to the federal government. Indeed, the Chronicle reports that nearly 29 percent of […]

The Tragedy is “the Commons,” Part 7

As we have seen, the goal of the commons movement is the obliteration of private property. The movement holds that the creation of values is not an individual achievement, but the result of collective effort. The movement holds that what is created by the collective should be controlled by the collective. While this may seem […]

The “Affordable Housing” Crisis

Last week, the Chronicle unleashed two more screeds on the city’s alleged “affordable housing” crisis. The latest target has been the Inner Loop, where rising demand has elevated housing prices. First, the paper informed us that rising housing prices mean that many downtown workers must commute. Then, the paper reported on a new study that […]

False Alternatives

Last week, the Chronicle lamented the death of the Democratic Caucus of the Texas Senate. Because Democrats accepted the budget put forth by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the paper believes that Democrats have become irrelevant.

The editorial notes that Texas has fallen from the state with the nation’s lowest unemployment to 26th earlier this year. […]

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 […]