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Merry Christmas

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is under fire from environmental groups because of his decision to sell the so-called “Christmas Mountains” which abut Big Bend National Park in far west Texas. Patterson rightly believes that the land will be better utilized (and better protected) by private owners.

No Headline: Conservatives Press For Sanity

Seventeen members of the Texas House have sent a letter to Texas’ delegation to the U.S. Congress, urging them to sustain the President’s veto of the massive expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Don’t expect the letter to make the newspapers — they only write about socialists endorsing big government.

Tax First, Spend More

Never has a newspaper gotten the story so right. The section heading said it all, “Taxing As A First Option.” That’s precisely the attitude of so many in government, and in this case the government apologists are admitting it.