A few years ago, my wife and I decided to spend a rare date night away from the kids at a Republican primary forum in Fort Worth. Four candidates were vying to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. When it was his turn, the eventual victor, Dan Patrick, began his red meat speech by highlighting what he considered his most important achievement as a state senator: installing “In God We Trust” in the Senate chamber. Now, my wife and I are about as conservative as you can get, and weekly churchgoers to boot, but we both turned to each other and rolled our eyes at his answer.
You’re a man of God, you say? I say, that’s great — now lower our property taxes, please.
Michael A. Wood, President of Lone Star Policy Institute