Thursday, March 28, 2013

Common Core, Texas, and Federal Blood Money

"The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender." Proverbs 22:7 

With Common Core blowing up in the news, let's remember why Texas still has a fighting chance to resist: in 2009/10, we didn't need the money.

Back in 2009, Texas had a budget surplus.  We were one of the few states that didn't have to beg Washington.  What a blessing that was in hindsight.

Texas didn't need the money.

Federal money ALWAYS comes with strings attached.  Sometimes, it takes years for those strings to emerge, but they always do.  A strong balance sheet has enabled Texas to practice financial abstinence.


A strong balance sheet allows states to resist all sorts of crap.  Common Core in Texas is just the latest example.  Abstinence begets freedom, a worthwhile reward for prudent financial stewardship.

Because Texas doesn't need Washington's blood money.

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