Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has a ticking time bomb on his desk: he must sign a recently passed bill by October 9th in order for it to become law. His signature, however, would set an explosive precedent: the bill allows children (even 12 year olds) to give valid consent--without their parent’s knowledge or permission--to receive vaccines that aim to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is getting hammered because he signed an order requiring that sixth-graders be vaccinated against the HPV virus in 2007.
Cancer treatment has made great progress in recent decades, but the tragedy is that so much of our effort to combat this scourge is just that: treatment. Once a disease appears, there is only so much that can be done. It would be far cheaper, more effective and less traumatic to prevent it.
Rick Perry has gotten the Sarah Palin treatment since he declared his intention to run for the presidency. No surprise there.
Texas, we have a problem. Your GOP governor is running for president against Barack Obama.