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The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America Paperback – January 4, 2013
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"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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It contained sensible and logical steps for a state to take to create the right atmosphere for business to thrive. If only the whole country would would take this advice. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Illustrator
Wow!! I was skeptical to read this at first but the tone is so elegant I got sucked in!
Highly recommend -- shaped my pov of Texas government for sure.
Mr. DeVore's work provides a great guide for the Texas style of governance and the fruits of success it's borne.Published 23 months ago by BodhiSattva
The book has some really valid point of why Texas is thriving. I would recommend reading this if your deciding to relocate there.Published on March 15, 2014 by Wayne Gonzales
Author did an excellent job of verifying all of his conclusions. Should be read by many, inclucing elected officials, state and federal. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Concerned Reader
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. Chuck DeVore crunched numbers and did his homework. Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by CORRECAMINO
As a lifelong Californian who recently relocated to Texas, I feel uniquely qualified to comment on "The Texas Model." Lt. Col. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Craig W Hiatt
Extremely well written and the writer obviously did his research. After reading this, California cannot compete in any business way with Texas.Published on February 9, 2013 by Sharron L. Gill