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  • 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: 14.4 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: #1,529,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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DeVore presents a series of common sense solutions to what are not-so-complex problems.
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DeVore is an entrepreneur for prosperity and liberty as well as a hard-nosed analyst.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Trevino on January 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2013
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lindsay on January 5, 2013
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With a soaring national debt, comatose economy, and ever-shrinking personal liberties, Americans are beginning to ask, "Isn't there a better way?" Happily, there is, and my colleague Chuck Devore provides it in "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America."

Devore, a former California State Assemblyman, knows well the "other way"--the statist, liberty-strangling, regulatory nightmare that has nearly swallowed whole the once-great Golden State. Recognizing that today's reality is "California AND bust," Devore voted last year in the most telling manner possible--with his feet. Like countless others before and after him, he moved himself and his family to Texas. "The Texas Model" tells us why, and it does so with unassailable economic statistics, lucid prose, and a deep understanding of the human heart's longing to be free. Devore demonstrates that Texas' low taxes, common-sense regulations, and small government comprise the indispensable formula for liberty and prosperity. In so doing, "The Texas Model" reintroduces us to the unparalleled wisdom of the American Founders and the Constitution with which they entrusted us.

Through efforts like Devore's, the new maxim may in time become, "As Texas goes, so goes the country." For the sake of our children, let us pray that this change is not long in coming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Lusvardi on January 10, 2013
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Former California state assemblyman Chuck DeVore's timely new book -- The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America -- can be summed up in one riveting sentence lifted from page 57: "California taxes success while Texas taxes the results of success."

This not only sums up DeVore's very readable explanation of what makes Texas's prosperity different from California's stagflation. It sums up the DeVore family's pilgrimage from Irvine, California and Hudson Valley, New York to Dripping Springs, Texas, a bucolic semi-rural hamlet on the outskirts of the state capitol of Austin, Texas. Chuck is a former lieutenant colonel in military intelligence in the U.S. Army, former aerospace executive, former Reagan appointee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and now a senior fellow in fiscal policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The man knows about what he writes both analytically and personally.

Relocation, Not Retreat

DeVore is a self-described "numbers guy" who has a nose for the bottom line. He was vice chairman of the California State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, member of the Budget Committee and Budget Audit Committee, with a degree in Strategic Studies from Claremont McKenna College. His book is a combination of the numerical and the entrepreneurial. DeVore is an entrepreneur for prosperity and liberty as well as a hard-nosed analyst. But his book is not Texas "boosterism" or a disgruntled rant about the deterioration of the "California Dream." The book can be useful for elected decision makers, educated voters wanting to find a new model for California, or those contemplating relocating to Texas.

As DeVore writes: "People don't casually vote with their feet" to leave their native home.
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The Hon. Chuck DeVore is the author of two books: "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America," and "China Attacks," a novel. At the urging of his readers, he has started writing a second novel, "Twilight of the Rising Sun" about a coming conflict between China and Japan. This novel is being serialized through Kindle.

DeVore's full-time job is as the Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America's premier state-level free market think tanks.

Before joining the Foundation in 2011, DeVore was a California State Assemblyman from 2004 to 2010 where he was vice chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, and on the Budget Committee and Audit Committee. He served as a Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs in the Department of Defense from 1986 to 1988 (a Reagan White House appointee) and is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve. He is married and has two daughters.

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