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Media Misrepresents Poverty Rate of US Children by More Than Double

In a breathless, Drudge Report-linked headline, the Washington Post reported last week that the “Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty.” A Huffington Post piece by Rebecca Klein, published 12 minutes earlier, sported a similar headline, “More Than Half Of American Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty.” The only problem with these headlines, and the stories beneath them, is that they aren't true—not even close.
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Working Poor Win in Red States, Due to Lower Cost of Living

As a general rule, conservatively-run states have a far lower cost of living than do liberal states and this lower cost of living greatly benefits the people who pay rent, buy food, and contract for service -- a fact that is frequently glossed over by partisans who favor larger government as well as many analysts.
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Strengthening the Texas Model During the Upcoming Session

AUSTIN, Texas -- One of the greatest and most consistent challenges for any elected official is resisting the powerful urge to "do something" with political power. Free markets are self-organizing, decentralized, and seemingly chaotic to the outside observer.
Letting the Facts Defend Texas

Letting the Facts Defend Texas

AUSTIN, Texas–An article entitled, “He’ll mess with Texas: Recruiting expert says state ‘has to buy jobs,'” appeared in the Austin Business Journal on July 9 and appeared across the nation in the BizJournals.com family. The piece managed to insult both
Why Texas Needs Independent Think Tanks

Why Texas Needs Independent Think Tanks

“Think tank…” For the average American, the phrase likely conjures up a range of thoughts, from a vague wrinkle of the brow to a silent muse lines along the lines of a classic Jerry Seinfeld sketch, “It’s a tank. To
Obama Proposes Tolls on Interstates Across Nation

Obama Proposes Tolls on Interstates Across Nation

As with many federal accounts, the Highway Trust Fund is running on empty. Refilled with the 18.4-cent per gallon gas tax and disbursed by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, the federal highway fund faces a $63 billion shortfall through 2018. Texas
California: The View from Texas

California: The View from Texas

America’s biggest state is now getting its own Breitbart page. Or is it its second, counting Big Hollywood? Or its third, given Big Government’s content? If California is to make its way back to more liberty and less government–and America
Texas Tax Burden Fell in 2011 as Economy Improved

Texas Tax Burden Fell in 2011 as Economy Improved

Overall taxes as a share of Texas’ residents’ income fell from 2010 to 2011, from 7.9 percent to 7.5 percent, mainly due to the strength of the Texas economy and the fact that the Texas state legislature resisted calls from
Texas: The Antidote to the Soft Tyranny Gripping America

Texas: The Antidote to the Soft Tyranny Gripping America

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville worried that someday America would lose its liberty to “…a network of small complicated rules…” reducing citizens to sheep with the government their “shepherd.” He termed this soft tyranny or despotism. Today, the
Tucci's Spiritual 'Child' Comic Making Leap to Hardcover

Tucci's Spiritual 'Child' Comic Making Leap to Hardcover

A year ago graphic novel artist Billy Tucci unveiled “Billy Tucci’s ‘A Child is Born‘” to critical acclaim. Tucci, a U.S. Army veteran, is an award-winning illustrator known more for Sgt. Rock, capes and cowls than inspirational Christian art. Tucci
Obama, Reagan, and 'Foreign Policies of the 1980s'

Obama, Reagan, and 'Foreign Policies of the 1980s'

In the last debate, President Obama hit Governor Romney for wanting, “…to import the foreign policies of the 1980s.” This period was a formative time for Mr. Obama, age 51, and myself, age 50. While a college student then, Obama
State Tax Levels Do Impact Economic Growth

State Tax Levels Do Impact Economic Growth

On June 25, Bloomberg Businessweek ran a piece entitled, “States Lacking Income Tax Get No Boost in Growth: BGOV Barometer.” This article, and similar pieces in other venues, detailed a February 2012 study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic
LA Riots: Thin Veneer of Civilization

LA Riots: Thin Veneer of Civilization

Garden Plot: a generic Operations Plan for military support related to domestic civil disturbances. Like charred fingers clawing skyward, columns of thick black smoke rose from a burning Los Angeles.  It was April 30, 1992, and I was flying into

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