Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by The American Independent 14 Comments
On World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama declared that America is on its way to defeating the global pandemic known as the AIDS virus. At an online conference Thursday, the President announced more funding ($50 million more) for HIV/AIDS treatment in the U.S. and a higher target goal for how many Americans will be on treatment by 2013 (6 million people). And while HIV patients and advocates welcome efforts to fight and treat the disease on a large scale, many agree that at the state and local levels, serious problems with treatment programs and the criminalization of HIV-positive individuals often go unaddressed. (more…)
Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by Mary Tuma 1 Comment
In what is being described as a “royal gaffe” and a “senior moment” during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to remember the third federal department his platform seeks to eliminate if elected president.
It’s being seen as a flub that could seriously hamper his already sinking chances for the presidential nomination. (more…)
Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Mary Tuma 54 Comments
“The Response,” Gov. Rick Perry’s August prayer rally, not only brought thousands of Christians to pray for a “nation in crisis,” but also broke the curse of Native American cannibalism, said Cindy Jacobs, a self-proclaimed prophet and an endorser of the event. (more…)
Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by Patrick Michels 4 Comments
As fire crews continue battling some of the worst blazes this dry state has seen in years, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a break from his presidential campaign early this week, for a look at what he called “one of the meanest fires I’ve ever seen,” taking aerial tours of Bastrop County and a neighborhood west of Austin. (more…)
Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment
The latest ad offering from the 2012 presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul contrasts the southerner and his Texas-based rival Rick Perry, making specific note of Perry’s former support for Democrat Al Gore. (more…)
Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by Patrick Michels 5 Comments
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton joined around 100 of his closest constituents Thursday night for a town hall meeting in the Fort Worth suburb of Mansfield, with an hourlong chat focused on curbing federal spending, with departures into Barton’s retirement finances, the future of the U.S. Postal Service and, as has become popular in town hall meetings, discussion of whether to impeach President Barack Obama.
Barton stopped short of saying he’d advocate impeaching Obama, though he left the door open to it. The trouble, he said, was that the U.S. Constitution may not quite allow for it.
“I voted to impeach president Clinton every time I’d get the chance,” Barton said.
“In president obama’s case, you’ve got the controversy about his birth certificate,” he went on. “Some things at the White House, the czars and some of that I don’t think needs to be funded, but that is not automatically unconstitutional.”
As the crowd shouted suggestions for other possibly impeachable offenses, Barton settled on the question of national health care. He’s joined a suit challenging the constitutionality
But we have a system, OK, it’s debatable whether it’s unconstitutional, but it is not yet provable that it is.”
The meeting was the next to last in a series Barton held around his district this month, while many members of Congress have been avoiding town halls this year. A couple in Arlington Tea Party T-shirts said they were frustrated that neither Sen. John Cornyn nor Kay Bailey Hutchison were holding town hall meetings, but that they were still glad Barton was available.
Barton got a few tough questions from audience members urging him to speak up for a balanced budget and tax reform including — the largest applause line of the night — a national sales tax. He said he supported all of those, but took pains to point out that, based on his committee appointments, he’s got more sway when it comes to energy and industry.
“For me to all of a sudden become a vocal leader on something like that would be pretty difficult to do,” Barton told one audience member.
Barton wondered aloud why getting Democrats to support “even a plain vanilla balanced budget amendment” was like “asking them to engage in witchcraft,” and said the time has come to shake up the nation’s budget.
“Unless we change the basic structure of the budgets, at some point in the next five to 10 years, we’re gonna go off a cliff,” Barton said.
The largest group in the crowd wore U.S. Postal Service uniforms, and one of them urged Barton not to support shortening the delivery week from six days.
The USPS budget shortfall has more to do with a 5-year-old requirement to pre-fund future employees’ retirement funds, they argued, and the service could still be solvent if they were allowed to scrap that requirement.
“I’m not picking on the postal service,” Barton told them. “It is an example — as the country changes, our federal agencies should be able to change, too.”
Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by Teddy Wilson 10 Comments
In much-anticipated remarks to the University of Texas Board of Regents Thursday, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa laid out a broad nine-point plan to streamline operations across the system, increase accountability and expand science and medical education around the state. (more…)