Jon Cassidy

Jon Cassidy is the Texas bureau chief for Watchdog.org.

Cordray Is the Sort of Nanny Ohio Loves

 

An official who’s been in charge of a Democrat-created federal office for blame, scapegoating, and extortion announced Wednesday that he’d be stepping down at the end of the month from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. This was followed almost immediately by the news that the official, Richard Cordray, was expected to run for governor of […]

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Call It a Stupidity Tax on College

 

Let’s tax college. It’s a basic rule of economics that if you want less of something, you ought to tax it. We have entirely too much intellectual smog in our culture, and a small excise tax on university endowment income could be a start on clearing the air. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced […]

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Not With a Bang But a Dossier

 

Years ago, I was crossing the border from Paraguay into Argentina when I got hauled off a bus by federal agents. It had been a weird few days before that. I had stopped off at this church camp, which I thought had some connection to the faith of my youth, but it turned out to […]

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Nothing Fair About a Crony State Fair

 

“Publicly subsidized, privately profitable/ The anthem of the upper-tier puppeteer, untouchable” — Propaghandi, “And We Thought Nation-States Were A Bad Idea…” If you ask a dumb question, you get a dumb answer. Texas courts have been asking a very dumb question lately: Where is the line between public and private in a public-private partnership? For […]

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Manafort Is Not Guilty

 

Never forget that justice is an afterthought in our criminal justice system. Literally. It’s not until jurors are ready to go talk amongst themselves that they’re even told what it is they’re supposed to have been listening for all along. But things hardly ever get that far, of course. If a prosecutor takes aim at […]

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Good Riddance, Joe Straus

 

Thomas Jefferson once asked if man had “found angels in the form of kings to govern him.” You wouldn’t know the question was rhetorical if you went by the mournful stories in the Texas media Wednesday about Joe Straus, the Republican speaker of the state House, announcing he won’t run for reelection. “This is a […]

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The Next Solyndra: DOE Proposing Massive Energy Subsidies

 

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has come up with a proposal for nuclear energy and coal that would make the Obamacrats “who cooked up the famously botched bailout of defunct solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra blush.” That’s according to Mark Perry, the American Enterprise Institute scholar and University of Michigan economics professor, writing in U.S. News last week: […]

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Some of the Conservatives Salon Missed

 

Over the weekend, Salon published a list of “The 25 conservatives actually worth following on Twitter,” which turned out to be fairly revealing. The prompt for the article was an acknowledgment that leftists had completely failed to anticipate the election of Donald Trump as president. “Their steady diet of MSNBC and left-wing op-eds only reinforced biases […]

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Defending Free Speech From Educrats and Black Lives Matter

 

The president of a state university here in Houston stormed into a classroom where a conservative state lawmaker was attempting to give a speech Monday and shut the event down. Now Gov. Greg Abbott needs to shut him down. No sensible person approves of this wave of anti-conservative censorship sweeping across campuses, but there’s often […]

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On the Department of Welfare, Crony Subsidies, and Math About Vegetables

 

Unlike most of the federal government, which is marked by unintended failure and inefficiency, the Department of Agriculture usually manages to fulfill its mission. Unfortunately, its mission is to throw money away. It ought to be called the Department of Welfare, Crony Subsidies, and Math about Vegetables. The department employs egg inspectors and cheese-seizers, but […]

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