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A recent column in the Houston Chronicle by Lisa Falkenberg caught my attention. Her article centered around the pride felt and expressed by most of us Texans. She pointed out that unfortunately, in spite of our Texan bravado, Texas leads the nation in too many of the wrong things. Her article went on to point out we have been recently rated as the worst state in the union for delivery of health care.

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I’ve been struck lately by how quickly each presidential campaign attacks the other for the slightest misstatement. A most recent attack on President Obama grew out of his remark that none of us got to be successful on our own.

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Listening to pundits and some Republican advocates, I keep hearing the opinion that big money authorized by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision will not really make a difference in politics. When I hear this, I am reminded of a common saying I’ve heard for many years: “Money talks and BS walks.”

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There’s an old, old, adage taken from Shakespeare that goes, “A rose by any other name smells as sweet.” No doubt a tax by any other name is still a tax. Conservative columnist Cal Thomas, a chief apologist for the Republican Party, finally uttered something I agree with. Thomas, in a recent piece commenting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, said that any time you take money from the people and give it to the government, it’s a tax.

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There was once a farmer who decided he would save money, so instead of buying the full sack of seed corn, he bought only two-thirds of the amount he had purchased the year before. After sowing the seeds on his field, he eventually harvested the crop. To his great surprise, the crop had only yielded two-thirds of the bounty of the season before.

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