Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The veto pen works

Bush hasn't been very aggressive in vetoing legislation that has crossed his desk, but I have to give him credit here. He campaigned on this stance and is still standing by his word. All thinks considered, this may be the only thing he has done right since appointing Justice Alito.

Bush vetoes embryonic stem cell bill - Yahoo! News
Announcing his veto to a roomful of supporters, Bush said, "If this legislation became law, it would compel American taxpayers for the first time in our history to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos. I made it clear to Congress and to the American people that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line."

Sen. Hillary Clinton, R-N.Y., said if she is elected president, she will lift restrictions on stem cell research.

"This is just one example of how the president puts ideology before science, politics before the needs of our families," she said.
She is quite right here except her tense is wrong. The last line should read "This would be just one example of how the president would put ideology before science, politics before the needs of our families,"

Her stance is one of ideology and politics and filling the coffers of the political scientists. I don't recall where I read this but it rings so true, if ESCR was so effective, it wouldn't need government funding. It would be funded by research companies scrambling to find and patent the process. Ironically, the ad on the this site was for Tylenol. A widely successful product made possible by private research and investment.

The death marchers make it sound like Bush is outlawing the research. Or worse, he is out there working with Dr. Kevorkian, whom most of the ESCR supporters have no problem supporting. Talk about twisted. They complain disabled or sick people might die because the president won't allow researchers to kill people. Yet we could have heard silence when Terri Shaivo was killed by her husband. It is a wonder these folks don't have slivers in their posterior from jumping back and forth over the fence so often.
Currently, states and private organizations are permitted to fund embryonic stem cell research, but federal support is limited to cells that existed as of Aug. 9, 2001. The latest bill was aimed at lifting that restriction.
Yup, big bad Bush is out there unplugging respirators again.
At the Republican debate May 3, Giuliani said he supports such an expansion with limits, "as long as we're not creating life in order to destroy it, as long as we're not having human cloning."
Umm..., memo to Rudy. You might want to add a bit of reading to that assignment Ron Paul has already given you. Embryonic means a life HAS been created.

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