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The situation between the United States and China is tense, with new tariffs, threats of more tariffs, and growing fears that an all-out trade war may actually happen. There has recently been some sign of softening in the rhetoric between the two nations, but until and unless there is real dialogue and meaningful change, the risk of an escalation remains. more
My truck, Copperhead, turn over 440,000 miles this week. I know that’s a lot of miles. Heck, both of us have a lot a miles on us. I’ve been asked many times when I’m goin’ to get me a new one. Well, probably not anytime soon. Copperhead’s been a good truck and I like her, so I’ll keep her around for a little while longer. Anywho, this story is my truck’s favorite. So, this is for you Copperhead. more
The other day, when I was at the grocery store, a lady came up to me and told me that this junk I write had inspired her to have fun with phone creatures. I thought about tellin’ her about the one I spoke with the other night, but I figured I’d just let her read about it instead. more
So far, there have been seven rounds of negotiations among the United States, Mexico, and Canada trying to agree on an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement which was originally passed and signed into law in late 1993. Many things have changed since that time, most notably the emergence of the digital economy and all that it entails and the energy policies of the three nations, and there are good reasons to revisit the structure of the more-than-25-year-old agreement. more
Texas continued its streak of wins of Site Selection Magazine’s “Governor’s Cup” competition, which goes to the state with the most major corporate location and expansion projects in a year. The 2017 win is the sixth in a row, and the Lone Star State also won in 2004, 2005, and 2010 (and was a close second in several of the years between). It’s impressive by any measure, and more so given the fact that a major export industry (energy) was struggling during part of the time. more
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of being asked to be the cake and pie auctioneer for a troop of Cub Scouts for their annual fund raiser. While I was waitin’ to do my auctioneerin’ part, I got to listen to the openin’ ceremonies and it got my old memory banks to churnin’. I was surprised that I still remembered the Cub Scout Promise and stuff, but what I really remembered was this one trip our Den Mother took us on. more
I saw a kid the other day and I noticed he had a big wart on his knuckle. Boy did that bring back memories. Back when I was young, it seemed like we all had warts. Well, at least the boys. I think girls must have been naturally immune, or somethin’. I know I had them all over my hands, elbows, and knees. They say a virus causes warts, but I have my doubts. The toad frog peein’ on you theory makes more sense to me. more
The Texas economy has been turning in impressive results, winning major corporate locations, and expansions and adding jobs at a notable pace. This success is no accident, though we do have substantial advantages to work with, but rather the result of decades of purposeful and strategic efforts to develop the economy in ways that enhance prosperity. Economic performance is essential in order to provide opportunity for Texans and the state’s businesses. Growth is also crucial to generating the tax revenue needed to fund everything from education to roads to social services. While past results have been more
I thought I’d let y’all read a few things that I have posted on Facebook lately. --- This mornin’ I was in the kitchen standin’ by the pantry when Janet walked in. “You finally decide to wake up?” I asked. She gave me “the look” and then got a questioned look on her face. “What are you eating?” She asked. “Oreos,” I answered. more
A recent announcement by President Trump that he would push for across-the-board tariffs on steel and aluminum set off a firestorm including threats of retaliation from a number of nations (including some of our oldest and closest allies), a significant drop in the stock market, and more dissension and division in Washington. There is good cause for alarm, because if they are enacted, such tariffs would dampen U.S. economic performance and cause harm to a number of industries both in the United States and around the globe. The best case is bad; the worst case is awful. more
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