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Appraisal increases do not have to equal tax increases

A shocking story out of Callahan County was reported in May by KRBC in which it was learned that property owners across the county are facing huge appraised value increases for the purposes of property taxation (ad valorem taxes.) This … [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...]

Dallas: Assist “gender transition” or be fired | FBI raid at Webb Co. Sheriff’s Office | Best Texas Chef – Pratt on Texas 6/6/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: From the City of Dallas forcing employees, and especially supervisors, to actively support homosexuality and so-called "gender transistions" to family venues like … [Read More...]

Which is best, Senate or House property tax relief plan? | Texas leads in big-biz HQs | Border news – Pratt on Texas 6/5/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: The fight between the Texas Senate and House on how to best provide property tax relief is not well understood. The Texan's Brad Johnson does a better job than … [Read More...]

Huge Texas biennial budget growth | Celebrity lawyers hired for impeachment making it more of a “show” – Pratt on Texas 6/2/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: The regular session was 140 days and yet lawmakers were unable to pass tax relief but did find time to continue a spending spree growth of government trend that is … [Read More...]

Abbott, Patrick, Phelan feud | End of vehicle inspections & more that passed | Texan to lead Marine Corps – Pratt on Texas 6/1/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: There is much press across the state about  the feuding between Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, and Governor Abbott over the best way to deliver tax … [Read More...]

Phelan’s unnecessary impeachment gambit | Interim A.G. named | Annoying flippancy of the Texas House – Pratt on Texas 5/31/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: There is a flippant arrogance to Texas House leadership and culture over the last decade (Straus, Bonnen, and Phelan) which is unseemly and causes one to think … [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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