Crisis at the Border

What to know: President Joe Biden’s dereliction of duty at the southern U.S. border is turning into a constitutional crisis; Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state will continue to do all it can to defend its people.

The TPPF take: It is now up to the federal government to either do its duty under the Constitution — or get out of the way so Texas can do the job.

“Washington, D.C.’s decision to collude with a foreign power in the cartel-allied Mexican regime, at the expense of Americans’ safety and security, generated a security crisis at the border — and now it has produced a Constitutional crisis in America,” says TPPF’s Joshua Treviño. “Thankfully, we have Gov. Abbott in Texas to stand in the breach.”

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Back to Basics

What to know: Harris County’s basic income program likely violates the gift prohibition clause in the Texas Constitution. But even if it doesn’t, many are rightly asking: “Why is the county broadening its scope in this area to begin with?”

The TPPF take: Instead of offering basic income, Harris County should get back to basics.

“Progressive-led counties are too big, spend too much, and take too many liberties with the authority they have. They are becoming activist governments,” says TPPF’s James Quintero. “Across all levels of local government, we need to get back to basics and focus exclusively on core functions.”

For more on basic income and the Texas Constitution, click here.

Social Pathology

What to know: New York City has designated social media as a public health hazard.

The TPPF take: In this case, at least, NYC has a point. Social media distorts our sense of reality.

“We refuse to leave our digital enclaves and instead accept our state of being shackled to our smart devices, TVs, computers, and other screens—in our dark, damp, shadowy, lonely caves,” says TPPF’s David Dunmoyer. “We’re checking our phones hundreds of times a day and spending the equivalent of a 40-hour work week on digital devices every week. Call it convenience, familiarity, addiction, or anything you like, but since the advent of smartphones, we simply aren’t experiencing reality like we once did.”

For more on social media, click here.