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Entries from March 2011

Texas Lawmaker Offers Sensible Immigration Alternative

March 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment ·

I was not particularly impressed with Paul Workman when he ran as a Republican for State Representative in Texas district 47. I supported his opponent in the primary and kind of ignored him in the general election as I live one district over from his district. But this week he got my attention in a […]

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Marco Rubio Fails to Deliver on Tea Party Promises

March 15th, 2011 · No Comments ·

There’s a lot of murmuring in the right-wing grassroots that the reform-minded Congressional freshmen elected by the Tea Party movement are not turning out to be nearly as principled or effective as many had hoped they would be. There’s a serious concern that they are selling out to establishment interests or were never really sincere […]

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What if You Gave a Candidate Forum and Nobody Came?

March 8th, 2011 · No Comments ·

With little fanfare and limited press coverage, the first candidate forum of the 2012 Republican presidential primary was held in Iowa yesterday. The forum was sponsored by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Family coalition and was intended to be the major opening event of the election season. Instead, none of the major candidates showed up and […]

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GOP Starts Primary with Strategy Built to Lose in 2012

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments ·

The 2012 election may become one of the most hotly contested elections of all time. With a resurgence of popular political activism, a costly and seeming endless war, a failing economy and a controversial president, the election is rich with opportunity and there are plenty of opportunists out there ready to grab for it. One […]

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CPAC Generates a Circus Tent Full of Conservative Controversy

March 6th, 2011 · 1 Comment ·

Like thousands of Republicans, libertarians, conservatives and other folks from the political right I took a trip last week to Washington DC to attend CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, hosted by the American Conservative Union. Not a lot of people from Austin made it there, but I had extra reasons to justify the trip […]

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Budget Cutting Goal Should be $1 Trillion or More

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments ·

Watching Meet the Press this morning I felt vaguely ill as the mendacious Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the reprehensible Lindsay Graham (R-SC) discussed the budget. Durbin was in the ridiculous position of arguing that the Democrat effort to cut the President’s budget proposal by $41 billion was a meaningful cut and Graham was in the […]

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Ronald Reagan, The Model of Moderate Libertarianism

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments ·

This weekend marked Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. I’m not going to go all gushy and talk about how wonderful he was or what an inspiring figure he was. Plenty of people are already doing that. I wanted to focus on one aspect of his leadership which has personal relevance to those of us who are […]

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Repeal or Revise: The Problems with the Patriot Act

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments ·

One of the few good things about the USA PATRIOT Act is that it has to be reviewed and renewed periodically by Congress. The bad news is that it is up for renewal at the end of this month and President Obama has recommended renewal of the act without substantive changes. This is not the […]

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Should Gambling be Expanded in Texas?

March 4th, 2011 · 19 Comments ·

It is estimated that Texas currently loses over $8 billion a year in tax revenue to neighboring states which have legalized gambling. Some level of legalized gambling would help considerably to address state budget shortfalls. The proposal currently being considered by the state legislature is to legalize slot machines (video lottery terminals) only at racetracks. […]

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The Fallacy of Wealth Redistribution

March 4th, 2011 · 19 Comments ·

In these times of bailouts and corporate corruption and growing inequality of wealth we hear a lot from the left about wealth redistribution, laws to set ratios between the salaries of workers and CEOs and other ideas to try to force an economic egalitarianism on the free market as the expression of a socialistic ideal […]

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