Economic issues

Ballot issues can bring change

Some time ago, I wrote about civic activist Barry Klein, who helps fellow Texans set up ballot issues on community issues. Today, I received an e-mail from him reporting three victories from elections held May 9. In San Antonio voters approved a charter amendment that will require voter approval on any future urban rail proposal. In Arlington voters amended their city charter to ban red light...

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GOP: How about some constructive ideas?

Like him or hate him, there is one think you have to admit about Sen. Ted Cruz. You know exactly where he stands. Columnist Cal Thomas (no relation) aptly described it this way: What the establishment and the left really dislike about Cruz is that he paints in bold colors. You know where he stands, whether or not you agree with his positions. There is little chance Cruz will say one thing on...

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Protesting for a Living Wage

Unemployment, technically, is going down; but most of the new jobs are for low-wage service workers. This is a fact that leads to the politically neutral conclusion that people are going to protest for living wages, either against specific employers such as Wal-Mart (which has faced such protests for years, including cases where Wal-Mart has paid its workers much less than its competitors), or...

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In fear of growing at night

Former Ohio State University President Gordon Gee wrote an article several months ago for Columbus Business First (subscriber content), in which he describes his reaction to reading the book India Grows at Night, by Gurcharan Das. There is an Indian adage, “India grows at night, while the government sleeps.” While government there is paralyzed by inaction and corruption, citizens...

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Is there a solution for poverty?

Sociologist Michael Zweig defines poverty “as a state of privation, or a lack of the usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” You do not have to be a conservative to question the effectiveness of government antipoverty programs. According to the Census Bureau, which defines a poverty level for statistical purposes, in 1966, the poverty rate was 14.7%. Fifty years...

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