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Why bringing back a crony tax break program in Texas?

Calling business welfare, or crony capitalism, an economic development tool does not change what is happening in such transactions nor does it make it better policy. In the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature, in 2021, a wonderful … [Read More...]

Gov. Abbott, legislative leaders deflate property tax relief

Heading into the General Election, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he would support the "biggest property tax cut in the history of Texas." And in his one debate with his Democrat opponent, Abbott answered a question about property taxes … [Read More...]

Pratt: The self-defeating arguments against school choice

It is like those congregants who wrongly confuse a building as being the Church. What is? Confusing buildings, organizations, and traditions with being the essence of public education. In reality public education is simply a public … [Read More...]

State of public education is not optimal so why is reform so vehemently opposed? – Pratt on Texas 3/29/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Why is there such opposition to reforming public education in Texas and America? Public schools are at the center of our cultural and political debates and yet … [Read More...]

Texas Dem reaction & policy to school shootings ignores causal factors | Border & business news – Pratt on Texas 3/28/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Response in Texas to the Tennessee Christian school shooting demonstrates the intellectual bankruptcy of the Left, the contradictions of Leftists demands related … [Read More...]

Rick Perry for school choice but many House Republicans favor socialist model | Remember Goliad! – Pratt on Texas 3/27/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Too many Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives seem to owe their allegiance to local school bureaucrats than to citizen voters and the overall good of … [Read More...]

Texas leads nation again in jobs | Don’t bring back crony tax break program – Pratt on Texas 3/24/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Why should Republicans bring back a crony tax break program we let end last session? Many of them sure want to do so and I'll explain why it's a terrible idea. … [Read More...]

Rackler wants Lubbock Co. game room regulation passed | Legislature missing mark on ERCOT – Pratt on Texas 3/23/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Senate passes its form of tax relief with a unanimous vote; House Appropriations is moving its version of the state budget forward, and as usual the liberals are … [Read More...]

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On Virtue & the Republic

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them. — Edwin Meese III


On Political Pessimism

Defeatist cynicism is an arrogance that we too know an outcome – we do not. Our Creator expects us to fight for good until He ends the game, not us. — Robert W. Pratt


On Liberty

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. — Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart


On Right

The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. — Nicolás Gómez Dávila


On Political Correctness

Political correctness never rears its ugly head independently. It always shows up as a series of actions designed, to this observer, to crush the souls of those blessed with common sense. — Milo Yiannopoulos


On pessimism and difficulty

When you encounter difficulties, you need to be optimistic. The pessimists tend to die. — Zhou Youguang


On American Liberals

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. — William F. Buckley, Jr.


On Universities

Universities have become a place to provide economic and political protection for those who hold economically and politically unworkable ideas. — Robert W. Pratt


On Rush Limbaugh

William F. Buckley is the esteemed father of the American conservative movement and gave it meaning; Ronald Reagan took conservatism to the public, showed it worked, and made it popular; Rush Limbaugh is the man who embedded political conservatism into our culture. — Robert W. Pratt


On Mistakes in Politics

Politics, as opposed to science, does not reward the correction of mistakes, given that correcting a mistake also entails admitting to having made one. Worse, the bigger the mistake, the greater the political urgency of defending it at all costs. — Lionel Shriver


On Rights and Freedoms

When we think of our rights and freedoms as rewards for good behavior, we lose. — Meghan Murphy


On Republican Moderates

Republican “moderates” rarely fight hard for anything, except for other Republicans giving up their principles. — Robert W. Pratt


On Judging Public Policy

Judge public policies by their results, not their intentions. – Milton Friedman


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