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The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America [Paperback]

Chuck DeVore

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4 Jan 2013
(There is a newer edition of this book.) The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The book compares Texas to its large state peers and details why Texas is increasingly the destination for Americans seeking a better life. The Texas Model describes a state with low taxes, modest government, and a lawsuit climate that allows entrepreneurship to flourish while encouraging job creation. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan research institute based in Austin, Texas with Brooke Rollins as its President and CEO. The Foundation’s mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach. The public is demanding a different direction for their government, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation is providing the ideas that enable policymakers to chart that new course guided by these principles: • Individual Liberty • Personal Responsibility • Free Markets • Private Property Rights • Limited government Chuck DeVore is Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. From 2004 to 2010, Chuck represented almost 500,000 people in the California State Assembly in Orange County. He was the Vice Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and served on the Budget Committee and Joint Legislative Audit Committee. In 2010, Chuck competed for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in California. Chuck worked as an executive in the aerospace industry before starting his service as an elected official. Chuck was a Reagan White House appointee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was a Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs. Chuck is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve. He graduated with honors from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Strategic Studies in 1985. Chuck and his wife Diane were married in 1988. They have two daughters and make their home in Dripping Springs, Texas.

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4 Jan 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1481193716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481193719
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.8 x 0.8 cm

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where liberty proves its case. 4 Jan 2013
By Joshua Trevino - Published on Amazon.com
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. One of the reasons Chuck DeVore wrote this book was as an intellectual apologia for his move from his native California to the Lone Star land of opportunity: but the reason you should read it is only partly to induce you to move here. The other, larger part is to remind you, our non-Texan fellow American, that you can have it just as good as we do. We've proven the case for liberty here, and we're glad to share.

The bottom line is that the choice facing America now is pretty simple: it's either the Life of Julia, or the Life of Sam Houston. If you're inclined toward the latter, DeVore will arm you with the facts in its defense. If you're unsure between them, he'll persuade you of the objective virtues of daring, merit, and freedom. It's as American as motherhood, the flag, apple pie, and .... well, Texas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Devore's Roadmap for Saving the American Dream 5 Jan 2013
By Thomas Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the example of Texas save America? It Just Might 18 Feb 2013
By Mark R. Whittington - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Gets it Right, and so does DeVore 4 Jan 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched and written 4 Jan 2014
By Concerned Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Author did an excellent job of verifying all of his conclusions. Should be read by many, inclucing elected officials, state and federal. There is a stark contrast to way Texas governs and the way many of the other big states do; and it is showing in their ecomomy and debt.
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