The Altar of Government Schools

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on August 30, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

Rational parents want what is best for their children. Such parents recognize that their primary responsibility is to raise their children to be independent, rational adults. A significant part of this responsibility is to provide the child with the necessary […]

Need vs. Rights

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on August 6, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

An editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times decries a proposal to cut food stamps, stating,

It’s easy to attack the idea of people living off food stamps when they could get a job instead. But it’s not that simple.

It is […]

Self-Interest versus Selfishness

On a number of occasions, Rush Limbaugh has spoken of the “invisible hand” described by Adam Smith. It is not out of benevolence, Rush has said, that your grocer sells you food. It is the grocer’s self-interest—his desire to earn a profit—that motivates him. But, Rush has quickly added, self-interest is not the same as […]

Sacrifice Today, or Sacrifice Tomorrow

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on September 16, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

Several weeks ago I wrote about an OpEd in the Chronicle that chastised HISD for the food it is serving at the district’s schools. The author of that article–Bettina Elias Siegel–has responded to my post on her own blog. […]

Sean Hannity’s False Alternative

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on March 26, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

I generally try to avoid listening to Sean Hannity, but I happened to catch a portion of his program the other day. A caller was frustrated over the attitude of those who have argued that we cannot claim that […]

Let the Guilt Trip Begin

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on March 9 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

With the census getting started, pundits and government officials have begun their campaign to “educate” the public regarding the importance of participating. As one example, we have an OpEd in Sunday’s Chronicle:

The city of Houston loses approximately $1,700 […]

The “Self-Absorbed” Generation

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on November 24, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

An OpEd by William Klemm, a professor at Texas A&M, in Sunday’s Chronicle declares that today’s youth are “self-absorbed” because of technology. According to the article, developments such as cell phones, Facebook, and text messaging breed laziness, narcissism, and […]

My Brother’s Children’s Keeper

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on August 7, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

Barack Obama has repeatedly told us that we are our brother’s keeper. Now the state of Texas is telling us that we are also our brother’s children’s keeper. According to the Chronicle, Texas taxpayers will soon be on the […]

An Act of God, or TOBA?

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on June 29, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

Advocates of the Texas Open Beaches Act (TOBA) frequently defend the law by declaring that those who build on the beach are aware of the possibility that their land may some day be seized by the state. In an […]