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Chuck DeVore's "...new book 'The Texas Model' ...describes the key ingredients to Texas's economic success." - Wall Street Journal

"Chuck DeVore describes how conservative policies favoring lower taxes, restricted government spending, less regulation, and fewer frivolous lawsuits have made Texas a better place to live for any American." - Holly Hansen, Hill Country News

"DeVore's statistical reply to the critics of Texas' economic model is devastating and convincing... If you want to get a panhandle on why Texas's 'Prosperity Model' works, buy Chuck DeVore's book." - Wayne Lusvardi, Cal Watchdog

"The Texas Model, by Chuck DeVore, is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why, while America stagnates, Texas continues to thrive." - Sibyl West, Ramparts360

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We wrote "The Texas Model" to answer Texas' critics with hard data to show that Texas' policies of lower taxes, less regulations, and a better lawsuit climate lead to more prosperity for everyone.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481193716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481193719
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark R. Whittington VINE VOICE on February 18, 2013
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Will the example of Texas, which has won some measure of prosparity with low taxes, light regulation, and a tort reform system help to save the United States? This book convincingly suggests that it can. It is a must read for anyone concerned with the current crisis of economic malaise who is searching for a way out.
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As a native Texan who has lived in several other states before returning, I saw this book as a fair and balanced assessment of the Texas government and economy. It is written under the auspices of a relatively conservative Texas-oriented group, so some would immediately feel that it is biased in favor of Texas, but it is well documented and referenced. Other writings about Texas that I have seen lately have been much more critical of Texas, sometimes with either outdated or incorrect information about our State. While this book appears factual and well-supported to a Texan, it may not be seen so by those from out of state. My recommendation is that if you really want to understand Texas and why so many people and companies are moving to Texas, you should add this to your reading list along with other not-so-favorable books.

This book, written by a recent transfer from California, presents Texas as a model of one way that we as a nation could change our approach to government to overcome some of the coming crises in government spending. In truth, my own impression is that most Texans really don't see Texas as a model for the rest of the country. We just want to be left alone to run the state the way our voters would like.

I definitely recommend this book if you want to see the Texans' side of the assessment of our state.
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Full disclosure: I am a colleague of Chuck DeVore's at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and have worked with him in various capacities since late 2008, so I am hardly an unbiased reviewer of this author or his work. I am, indeed, listed in the acknowledgements of this particular work.

Nevertheless, I offer this brief review of "The Texas Model" with as much objectivity as I can muster -- and my relative lack of the same is, dear prospective reader, instructive in itself.

What Chuck DeVore does here is, as the title and synopsis suggest, describe and defend a particular "Texas Model" of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and individual liberty that used to describe the United States at large, but is today increasingly limited to the confines of the Lone Star State. This is of far more than mere parochial interest: with the worst economic times since the Great Depression upon us, and with the fiscal crises of the Western world trundling on in slow-motion horror, we face an imperative to examine alternatives to what Walter Russell Mead calls the failed "blue model" of social democracy. In the United States, one of the major alternatives is advanced with determined relentlessness by the recently reelected Administration and its allies: more government, more control, more state fiat, and less personal liberty.

The other major alternative is Texas's: less government, more personal freedom, less spending by them, more saving and investment by you. This used to be the American Dream, and now it's the Texas Model, but there's no reason this heritage -- conferred upon us Texans by the American genius -- can't return from sea to shining sea.
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DeVore, like me, moved to Texas from California, and has the convert's passion. He's produced an excellent summary of the political and economic policies that made Texas so attractive to us, with extensive evidence. Sometimes too extensive for the points he's actually making. It would have read better if some of the statistics had been moved to an appendix titled "All the Evidence Need to Rebut Any Liberal Dissing Texas." Even with that I learned a lot about the work the Texas government has done to preserve economic liberty here. I recommend the book for anyone interested in the impact of small-government policies.
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The author explains why Texas' economy has grown and its unemployment low despite the increase in population after the economic meltdown of 2008. In summary, the people have prevented the government from destroying freedom and from enacting crushing income taxes. Hopefully, the state will continue to have limited government. It requires vigilance on the part of the people, as all politicians will make your decisions for you unless you prevent them.
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Texas has for the last decade or so been the runaway leader in job creation and economic growth in the United States. As DeVore points out, there is a reason for Texas' success. It is because Texas has also been the runaway leader--particularly among the big states--is pursuing an agenda of free markets and limited government. The author clearly and concisely lays out the agenda that Texas has pursued, what is now known as the "Texas Model.

But why should anyone but a Texan care about what happens in that state? DeVore points out that much of the argument over how we should govern our nation is centered on Texas. He writes, "Those who criticize Texas look instead to Big Government. They favor the interventionist model pioneered in big states such as California, New York and Illinois, and approve of its application nationally through trillion dollar Stimulus, Cash-for-Clunkers, national Healthcare, and other ambitious programs requiring more taxes and more government workers."

If you are concerned about the direction our country is currently taking, you ought to care about how Texas has bucked the national trend. And if you care about what's happened in Texas, you ought to read Devore's well-written, well-researched and thoughtful book.
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