Sometimes numbers are worth a thousand words. The American Legislative Exchange Council recently issued a report that found (HT: Houston Strategies):
When comparing California with Texas,U-Haul says it all. To rent a 26-foot truck one way from San Francisco to Austin, the charge is $3,236, and yet the one-way charge for that same truck from Austin to San Francisco is just $399. Clearly what is happening is that far more people want to move from San Francisco to Austin than vice versa, so U-Haul has to pay its own employees to drive the empty trucks back from Texas.
For the past year I have been documenting studies and reports that show that Houston (and Texas) leads the nation in job creation, cost of living, and a host of other economic categories. And, while our political leaders love to tout these facts, they simultaneously endorse policies that attack and undermine the cause of the city's prosperity. They seem to treat economic prosperity as causeless, or attribute it to some mystical aura that hovers in our air.
The fact is, individual freedom is the cause of economic prosperity. Restrictions on land-use are an attack on individual freedom, as are prohibitions on "attention-getting devices", mandates to install tags on taco trucks, and a myriad other ordinances and proposals that have been passed or are being considered. If our "leaders" wish to emulate San Francisco in controlling the lives of individuals, we will get the same economic consequences.
Free Lottery Picks
Brian Shelley at Freedom is the Solution has done a good job of predicting several economic trends. Some time ago he projected the drop in housing prices in several cities, and recently he posted the actual drops:
Predictions for total price drop:
Miami – 32% drop
Los Angeles – 31%
Tampa, FL – 28%
Las Vegas – 28%
Washington – 24%
Miami - 33% drop
Los Angeles - 30%
Tampa, FL - 27%
Las Vegas - 38%
Washington - 23%
With those impressive results, he is now offering lottery number predictions--for a fee.
But Will She Listen?
Some time ago I was visiting Annise Parker's web site and decided to accept her offer to leave some comments. I assumed that all comments would be screened, and my comments would never see the light of day. I was wrong, and you can read them here.
Brown is One Funky Dude
Peter Brown, who wants to subject the entire city of Houston to his grand vision, received an endorsement this week that should certainly expand his appeal. During a show by George Clinton, aka the Godfather of Funk, Brown received a endorsement from "Uncle Funky". Brown told the Chronicle political blog:
We have a serious campaign to reach people who have never been reached before and that's what this is all about.
Here's an idea Mr. Brown: How about reaching out to advocates of liberty? We haven't been reached in a very long time, like since 1776. We may not be as funky as the Clinton crowd, but that is a good thing.
No Post Next Saturday
I will be out of town next weekend visiting my mother for Mother's Day. There will be no post next Saturday.