David CrockettLegislators failed to return the $14.3 billion surplus, giving Texans some much-needed property tax relief. But, as a consolation, now comes word that your state government is spending your money to buy a letter many experts say is a fake.

Seems like bureaucrats are using nearly a half-million-dollars to buy letter that is purportedly from David Crockett – Tennessee-congressman-turned-Alamo-defender. But some folks say the letter is too neat, with too many words spelled correctly, and that the letter appears to have a signature that isn’t Crocketts.

Not a malicious forgery, though, but a good-faith copy made by someone. Is a copy of a letter really worth half-a-mil?

And if so, so does it mean in 200 years taxpayers will be buying the photocopy machines used to copy the computer-generated signature of President Bush that was on that mass-produced “Christmas Card” I got last year?

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."

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