MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS . ..

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS . ..

Wall Talk
Senator John Cornyn pulled no punches on Wednesday when he criticized President Donald Trump’s newly proposed budget allocation for a wall along the Mexico border. “What I’d like to see is a real plan rather than a piecemeal approach,” Cornyn said according to the Dallas Morning News, calling Trump’s proposal a flawed approach to border security because it focuses on construction of the wall without first having a more comprehensive plan in place. “I don’t see the benefit to doing this on a piecemeal basis, and it’s harder for Congress to know is this really going to work.” Trump’s proposed budget sets aside $1.6 billion for wall construction, which would hardly pay for much wall at all—just a 60-mile expansion along the Rio Grande and 14 miles of replacement fences in San Diego, according to the Morning News. Some Texas lawmakers also grilled Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about the wall during a House hearing on the budget. Representative Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo, said that the wall would be too costly and ineffective. “You can put the most beautiful wall that you want to but they’re either going to fly in, drive through a bridge or come through a boat,” Cuellar said, according to the Morning News.

Need For Speed
The U.S. Census Bureau released estimates of population growth in 2016 on Thursday, and Texas made up half of the top ten—and four of the top five—fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more, according to the Associated Press. The suburbs came out on top, with Conroe (outside Houston; 7.8 percent population increase), Frisco (north of Dallas; 6.2 percent increase) and McKinney (also north of Dallas; 5.9 percent increase) taking spots one through three on the list. Austin suburb Georgetown rounded out the top five, with 5.5 percent increase, while San Antonio suburb New Braunfels came in at number nine. Austin’s Cedar Park managed to crack the top fifteen at number twelve on the list. Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin all made the top ten in overall population increase, ranked sixth through ninth respectively, and our state tied with California for the most cities on the bureau’s list of the fifteen most populous cities, thanks to Houston (number four, with 2,303,482 people), San Antonio (seven; 1,492,510), Dallas (nine; 1,317,929) and Austin (eleven; 947,890).

Forget The Alamo?
San Antonio’s tourist attractions haven’t been getting much love lately from out-of-towners. Not long after a Chicago politician railed against the Riverwalk, Business Insider recently fired some shots at the Alamo, putting it atop a list of the “worst tourist traps in every state,” the San Antonio Express-News reported on Wednesday. “Remember the Alamo? More like, spend a day at the Alamo and you’ll remember to never go back,” Business Insider savagely writes. “The building’s remains are so small they consistently disappoint visitors. History buffs might get a kick out of it for an hour or so, but looking at a picture will suffice for most.” Bet they wouldn’t say that to Davy Crockett’s face. The publication disrespectfully puts our Alamo in the same disgraced class as Virginia’s “Foamhenge” (literally a Stonehenge replica made of foam), Nebraska’s “Carhenge” (a Stonehenge replica made of, uh, cars), a mound of nuclear waste in Missouri, and a Wisconsin cheese castle (which, to be honest, actually sounds pretty amazing).