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Nathanael Ferguson

Alexis Garcia at Reason explores the reasons why The Texas Model has our state booming in a nationally down economy. It should be pointed out that while we are energy rich, the Texas Model isn't predicated on energy production. It's predicated on sound conservative policies of low taxes, low regulation, reasonable tort laws, and a predisposition to enabling individual liberty. Any state can copy the Texas Model and get Texas-like results!

Nathanael Ferguson

According to the New York Times, an Egyptian court has sentenced 529 people to death for the killing of a police officer. It is absurd on its face that so many people could be directly responsible for the death of one person. Such Kangaroo Court proceedings are a good reminder that as flawed as our justice system can be here at home, our due process rights are vastly superior to most (if not all) of the rest of the world. Maybe the Right On Crime folks would consider opening an office in Cairo.

Nathanael Ferguson

While folks in the Northeast continue to freeze their way through this not very globally warmed winter, there is plenty of cheap fuel available in Texas to help warm them up. Unfortunately due to archaic federal protectionist regulations, there's no way to get the fuel to them. When we free-marketers talk about unintended consequences of government intervention in the marketplace, this is exactly the type of thing we have in mind.

As freezing weather drained stockpiles of propane to their lowest seasonal level in two decades on the U.S. East Coast this month, shivering New Englanders couldn’t tap abundant supplies sailing out of

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Nathanael Ferguson

Texas electricity regulators and their allies in the power generation industry who have been advocating for a new $4 Billion electricity tax are being stymied by reality as more people realize that Texas doesn't have a power generation capacity problem. As the Dallas Morning News reports today, there is no power generation capacity crisis. This may come as a big shock to the central planners in Austin, but the free market works. When the balance of supply and demand shifts in favor of new capacity, the generators will build new plants...

Nathanael Ferguson

There are many who claim voter fraud doesn't exist, that Voter ID laws are not necessary, and that promoting voter registration integrity is disenfranchising to minority voters. None of that is true, of course. But don't look for traditional media to do hard hitting investigative journalism to ferret out the truth. For that kind of job we need one James O'Keefe. It's getting harder and harder to be a voter fraud denier these days.

Nathanael Ferguson

In order for a taxing authority to retain the public trust, if not the public's respect, the authority must be widely understood to be apolitical and to simply carry out the policy set forth in law. No one likes being taxed but everyone understands that Congress has the power to tax and that by collecting taxes and conducting occasional audits to ensure compliance with the law the IRS is just doing its job as directed by Congress. It's supposed to work this way year in and year out across administrations regardless of what political party is in power.

Unfortunately, the...

Nathanael Ferguson

Via the Dallas Morning News there is a fight brewing between Texas and Ohio over the permanent home of the Boeing 707 that served as Air Force One at the time President Kennedy's assassination elevated Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to the presidency. It's in Ohio now but many Texans, led by the LBJ Foundation, want it relocated to Texas. It seems like Texas has the stronger case. That plane, on which President Kennedy made his final flight and on which President Johnson took the oath of office, is most historically connected to Texas and it should be displayed...

Nathanael Ferguson

Travis County anti-gun extremists have cost the county revenue by changing the lease terms for the gun show that has been hosted at the Travis County Exposition Center on a monthly basis for several years. The controversial new lease terms imposed by the county would have required the gun show to force private firearm sellers to conduct background checks that are not required under federal or state law. Just like any other type of private transaction, firearms transactions between private citizens do not require background checks. According to news reports, Saxet Gun Shows declined to capitulate to...

Nathanael Ferguson

Look, pretty much everyone hates liter. It's wasteful, harmful to the environment and, well, just plain trashy. But Illinois has taken anti-littering laws to an absurd new level. And by a absurd new level I mean the careless tossing of cigarette butts on the ground can get you slapped with a felony, a few tens of thousands of dollars in fines and legal expenses, and time in the pokey. Yes, that's right, prison. While most states are trending toward a more balanced approach to crime and punishment by getting rid of mandatory minimum sentencing and making punishments better fit...

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