On March 2, former US Senator Al Franken mocked Texas for lifting all its remaining COVID-19 restrictions. “Gee, we here in Texas haven’t screwed up royally in a whole two weeks!” Franken tweeted. “I know! Let’s lift the mask mandate!” https://twitter.com/alfranken/status/1366914021203574785?s=20 Despite what Franken and many other critics predicted, Texas didn’t see an explosion in … Continue reading Texas Has Fewer COVID Cases Than Michigan—Despite Nearly 20M More People and No Restrictions
As millions of Texans suffer from a lack of electric power, heat, and water, the “never let a crisis go to waste” crowd is in full swing on both sides of the political aisle. Half-truths and misinformation have flooded social media outlets and policy discussions, blaming specific fuel sources, the deregulated structure of Texas’ electricity grid, … Continue reading Reasons for Texas Blackouts and How Best to Avoid Them Going Forward
Anyone who advocates for “Market Urbanism”—aka free-market city policy—must grapple with a common response: “but then we’ll get a bunch of Houstons.” The implication is that Houston is a sprawling mess of traffic, pollution, and bad architecture, and has become this way due to no regulation. The city doesn’t have zoning, after all, and skeptics … Continue reading What’s the Cause of Houston’s Growth?
California dreaming? Nothing wrong with that. The Golden State has a lot to offer. California has the fifth largest economy in the world. The San Francisco Bay Area alone has a GDP of $535 billion and ranks 19th in the world in economic activity. The state boasts one of the largest agricultural industries on the … Continue reading Celebrities (Besides Joe Rogan) Who Said Goodbye to California
Juneteenth is a long-standing American holiday, celebrated since the end of the Civil War. However, Juneteenth—a mashup of June 19th, the day on which it’s observed—has waxed and waned in popularity in American history and has strong regional ties to the South and to Texas in particular. Given the additional attention the holiday is now receiving, here are … Continue reading 4 Things to Know About Juneteenth
You owe everything in your life to oil and Beaumont, Texas. People knew about oil and its possible uses, but it was never found in large quantities. Oil wells of the period, mostly found in Pennsylvania, only produced several barrels a say. Oil's limited production meant New York-based Standard Oil dominated the then-small industry. Because … Continue reading Jan. 10, 1901 – The world as you know it came out of the earth in Beaumont, Texas
USA Today is out with its annual report on college athletics' richest, and poorest, programs, compiling data on each of the 230 government-run schools in the NCAA's Division I, ranking them by revenues, expenses, and money allocated. #Yessir, Texas A&M was the runaway leader for nation's most successful college athletics program in terms of total … Continue reading Ranked 1 to 230: How much is your college making, or losing, on athletics?
College athletics are big money, with $500 million stadium expansions and billions of dollars in TV football contracts. But which school brings in more cash than any other? USA Today has published its annual list of Division 1 college athletic finances for state-supported schools, and the single biggest money program in the nation is... Texas … Continue reading The richest college athletic program is not who you think it is…
A leftist group calling themselves “Texas Antifa” have found a way to deal with their Selma envy – by taking down Houston’s statue of the city’s namesake. The group is planning a June 10 rally at Hermann Park to demand removal of the city’s iconic statute of General Sam Houston, who led Texian forces in … Continue reading Leftists want to rip down Sam Houston’s statue. This is where history gets complicated.
“For seven long years, we have been suffering from the rising costs of Obamacare.” That’s the opening sentence of the letter a Texas grassroots coalition has sent to President Donald Trump this week, in the wake of the House health care bill’s failure to pass and Trump’s criticisms of the House Freedom Caucus, which was … Continue reading Texas Conservatives Send Letter to Trump Supporting Freedom Caucus