Get Out of Their Way

We frequently hear the cry that “somebody needs to do something.” Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson has joined the fray, exhorting lawmakers from Washington to City Hall “to boost the economy and create jobs to build a stronger nation.”

What Tomlinson (and many Americans) doesn’t understand is that lawmakers don’t create jobs. All they do […]

Houston’s True Heritage

Preservationists claim that they want to preserve Houston’s heritage by protecting old buildings. But Houston’s heritage isn’t about bricks and mortar. It isn’t about buildings. It’s about ideas.

In terms of essentials, Houston’s heritage is defined by a relative respect for individual rights, including property rights. (I say relative because the city certainly engages in […]