Brooke Rollins, President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation:
The question for those of us in the liberty movement is the same question Robert Redford’s character asked at the end of the 1972 classic, “The Candidate”: “What do we do now?” For us at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and answer to that question is crystal clear.
We keep defending Texas.
We keep defying Washington, D.C.
You’ve heard me say it time and again over the last four years that Texas is where freedom proves its case. That reality is cast in stark relief when you consider the record:
• Texas accounting for a near-majority of American job creation across the past half-decade.
• Texas attracting nearly a thousand Americans a day in search of a better life and more opportunity.
• Texas beating the national unemployment rate, despite the immigrant influx, for nearly five full years.
• Texas boasting some of the cleanest big-city urban air quality in America.
• Texas surging past big-state peers like California in nearly every relevant metric.
• Texas becoming America’s largest manufacturing state.
• Texas becoming an epicenter of the fracking-led American energy revolution.
The Lone Star State accomplished all that — and more — in the teeth of Washington, D.C.’s mismanagement, and sometimes opposition, during the worst national economic times since the Great Depression. That’s extraordinary. And it’s a testament to what a free people can do when they’re allowed to be free. [Texas Public Policy Foundation, November 7]