"[J]ust to be clear, there's nothing wrong with a low cost of living. In particular, there's a good case to be made that zoning policies in many states unnecessarily restrict the supply of housing, and that this is one area where Texas does in fact do something right."
What? WHAT? What alien spaceship stole P-Kroog, and who is this guy?
I think the problem is P-Kroog is actually a first-rate economist, and so sometimes he forgets his self-appointed role as slinger of shinola and actually makes sense briefly.
That article, linked above, does pretty quickly revert to P-Kroogery of the worst sort. But, for just a minute there....