What We “Should” Pay

A column in yesterday’s Chronicle asks,

In a competitive market, when the price of raw materials goes down, consumers should pay less for finished goods, right?

The columnist goes on to point out that when cattle prices plunged, the price of beef decreased only slightly. The author concludes that greedy middlemen–beef processors–refused to pass on […]

In the Name of Competition

This past Sunday, the Chronicle editorial board revealed how confused and unprincipled it is. An editorial called for the federal government to use antitrust laws to block Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods.

Amazon’s business model is to become a monopoly. Buying Whole Foods gives the online retailer its first major foothold in the brick-and-mortar grocery […]

Lobbying and Cronyism

Chronicle columnist Chris Tomlinson makes an issue out of the fact that Uber lobbied the Texas legislature to block local efforts to regulate the company:

When Houston’s city council refused to bend to Uber’s demands, and Austin voters threw Uber out of the capitol, Kalanick hired a team of high-priced lobbyists to buy friendly statewide […]

Gender Bias, or Biased Reporting?

Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson tells us, “Our society, and our businesses, simply don’t want mothers to work.” As evidence, he cites “hundreds of other studies that have proven, time and again, that women are paid less than men for the same work.”

Replying to a claim that “Since similar results were found all over […]

Segregation and Choice

While acknowledging that Houston is the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the nation, the Chronicle has been regularly publishing articles showing how segregated Houston is. According to these articles, most Houstonians live in neighborhoods that are predominantly of their own race or ethnicity.

If these articles were simply pointing out demographic facts, that […]

A Disdain for Objectivity

In a revealing editorial on the March for Science, the Chronicle implies that the future of science is threatened by the policies of the Trump Administration. The editorial proclaims,

While the struggle between Galileo and his Catholic inquisitors is long over, the struggle between prejudice and evidence-based research is still raging….

Since the anti-science […]

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 […]

Houston’s Labor Shortage

Last week, the Chronicle ran a story on the dearth of construction workers in the Houston area. The article claimed two causes: a decline in wages and a lack of unionization. The solution, according to the article, is for construction companies to raise wages and work with the unions.

Yet, that very same article notes […]

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. […]

Stay Out of Their Way

Everywhere we turn, someone is demanding that government do something. Often, that something is allegedly intended to correct some perceived injustice. Almost as often, the exhortations pertain to creating jobs, stimulating the economy, or something similar.

As one example, the Chronicle asks if City Hall should do more to encourage startup businesses. The paper discusses […]