Congress: Barton would teach 'God as creator'
WAXAHACHIE - Congressman Joe Barton- R, Ennis, led a theatre room of Tea Partiers willing to go out and re-elect him as their district representative Monday evening.
Barton, who recently joined the newest congressional caucus by Minnesota Representative Michelle Bauchman, the "Tea Party Caucus," knows a thing or two about what his constituents are asking for.
"I know some of you here are not all Republican but, you want lower taxes and less government and federal control," said Barton at the Texas Theatre in downtown Waxahachie Monday, Aug. 30.
Clear and simple answers are very hard to come by in a politician.
Host Gary Bennett, a Ennis resident and founding member of "We the People of Ellis County," wouldn’t have it any other way.
"Am I doing good?" asked Barton from time to time with a chuckle after complying with the straightforward yes or no rule.
The town hall, one of several on Barton’s current "listening" tours around district six, is a way Barton always describes as feeling closer to his constituents and finding out what matters they would like him to take to heart.
When prompted on if he supported the teaching of "intelligent design" in conjunction with Evolution and other scientifically recognized theories in tax payer funded schools, Barton replied with a round of applause from the entire audience. "I would teach God as the creator."
"Public schools you don’t preach in but, you could certainly mention it when talking about the other theories."
Before he goes on to mention, "I am very blessed to know there is a God." A strong opponent of the Democratic universal healthcare more known as "ObamaCare," Barton is also a self described proponent to keeping taxes low and oil drilling in the U.S., an opponent of eminent domain and is willing to even agree to no capital gains tax.
"If re-elected and if we[ the Republican party] have a full house, I would even suggest receiving no capital gains tax for a few years to cut spending and help with the budget," said Barton.
Lasting roughly two hours, with Ellis County Tea Party Coordinator Linda Dunn fielding questions from the audience, Barton lingered awhile longer after the meeting drew to a close with his jacket slung over his shoulder in deep conversation with a future voter.
District six covers Ellis, Navarro, Leon and Houston counties as well as a portion of Trinity, Limestone and Tarrant counties.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.