photos on phriday

J Pete needed a portrait made.
at the Capitol

here is the bokehed view from the back mike at the Texas House
at the Capitol

and Natalie snagging a rebound at the last game
Lago Vista v. McNeil


phridai photoes

love depth of field, bokeh and flowers

rediscovering film photography with a Nikon F5 and Fuji velvia 100.
sunset at the capitol

wide angle lens and a polarizer

Los Angeles Times’ William Voegeli gets it

William Voegeli gets it and what he gets is in the title and the lede of yesterday’s Los Angeles Times column.

The Golden State isn’t worth it

Our high-benefit/high-tax model no longer works, especially compared with low-tax states like Texas.

here are the first two paragraphs, but please go read the rest.

In America’s federal system, some states, such as California, offer residents a “package deal” that bundles numerous and ambitious public benefits with the high taxes needed to pay for them. Other states, such as Texas, offer packages combining modest benefits and low taxes. These alternatives, of course, define the basic argument between liberals and conservatives over what it means to get the size and scope of government right.

It’s not surprising, then, that there’s an intense debate over which model is more admirable and sustainable. What is surprising is the growing evidence that the low-benefit/low-tax package not only succeeds on its own terms but also according to the criteria used to defend its opposite. In other words, the superior public goods that supposedly justify the high taxes just aren’t being delivered.

Government programs are almost never the best way to address social problems. Private charity and private business are much more efficient in delivering on their promises. They have to be or donations or business dry up as donors and customers go elsewhere. Market competition works.

Very important lesson for the country and especially democrats in Congress to keep in mind as they contemplate health care reform and cap and trade legislation.

Hat tip to Powerline’s John Hinderaker who says:

Texas, increasingly, is the economic and intellectual leader of the U.S. During the last 18 months before the current recession took hold, while the country as a whole was still creating jobs, more than half of those jobs were created in a single state: Texas.

Texas has usurped the leadership position that, decades ago, belonged to California. Today California is in decline, likely irreversibly so.

photo phridai

rain and cool brought out the wildflowers (new header picture)

sunrise last week
sunrise yesterday

and williamson county fall league ball has begun
McNeil v. Pflugerville

phriday photos

just something about film that looks different.
peeking over

really hot out at Waterloo Park last weekend
trying to keep cool

almost 90
Birthday party

foto friday

squirrel fight
shall we dance?

aggie bench bokeh
Aggie Bench and Tree Bokeh

golden light on the North side of the Capitol

sunday night

we went to the Long Center front lawn last evening for the concert in the park series from the Austin Symphony. It was big band night and it was great. Took a picnic. brought the camera and listened to the big band sounds followed by shaved ice snow cones. hmmmmmm.

Have I ever mentioned that I love Austin?

concert in the park

concert in the park