Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Deja Veto

Bush vetoes stem cell bill.

The headline sounded familiar.

Indeed, it happened less than a year ago, in July 2006, when a Republican-led Congress passed a bill that aimed to loosen restrictions on public funding of stem cell research. Bush vetoed that bill, as yesterday he vetoed a similar bill presented by a Democratic-led Congress.

The will of the people? Not when it conflicts with the individual religious beliefs of he who has veto power:

"The Congress has sent me legislation that would compel American taxpayers, for the first time in our history, to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos," Bush said.

Still, it is laudable when someone stands up for the courage of his convictions. Or it would be, in this case, were it not for the massive hypocrisy involved.

Taxpayer dollars are not to be used in a venture that results in the destruction of embryos that would never become children in any case; but it's PERFECTLY ALL RIGHT to use taxpayer dollars in a venture that results in the destruction of real, living children because some military "official" considered the target to be "worth the risk of potential collateral damage".

You can't inadvertently cause death in the process of saving many lives but you can cause it in the process of killing.

The mind boggles.

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