Category Archives: Texas

Economic Recovery: The Texas Model

Rick Perry has overseen a dramatic economic miracle in Texas, especially considering the plight of the rest of the country. The Texas model holds some lessons for the rest of us.

And, no, his success is not a prelude to national office.

Washington is not the place that great change is going to occur in America. It will occur in the laboratory of innovation called the states. I want to be a part of that.


Don’t Mess With Texas!

Gov. Rick Perry has come out in support of a House resolution affirming states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Says the guv:

I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state. That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.

If the Feds don’t heed the message, maybe Texas should become an independent republic again.

Who Says Weathermen Are not Romantic?

This is a proposal she’ll not soon forget. Cute!

Texas, the Energy State

When it comes to energy, the politicians in Washington don’t get it. Texans do.

If there is an energy crisis in this country, it is because too many states and too many lawmakers in Washington are too timid about allowing entrepreneurs to bring to the surface what is buried right below us. In Texas, we’re not timid. Thanks to longstanding public policy encouraging responsible production, 18% of all the oil and 30% of all the natural gas produced onshore in the U.S. is produced in this state. That makes us the No. 1 energy-producing state in America.

Oh, one other little detail. The aggressive approach to energy production in Texas is one reason Texans do not pay any state income tax. Those evil oil companies pick up the tab for them. I could live with that.

Remembering Columbia

It was five years ago today that the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas while returning from a mission. The folks in Nacogdoches remember it well.

It was this town that became the epicenter of the search for whatever was left of the shuttle. More than 85,000 pieces that comprised only about 38 percent of the craft were eventually recovered.

The tragedy has a personal connection for me. My mother lives in Palestine, about 60 miles west of Nacogdoches. Pieces of the shuttle were found there, too, including the small camcorder that recorded the final minutes of the crew as they began re-entry. This article describes the experiences of several residents in the area on the day of the disaster. A good photo gallery of the debris is found here.

In my younger days I spent a lot of time tromping through the piney woods of deep East Texas. Believe me, they will still be finding pieces of the shuttle in that vast forest decades from now.