WASHINGTON -- With Republican leaders preparing to allow a vote next week on a bill that would roll back President Bush's policy on human embryonic stem cell research, the President said today he would veto such legislation if it came to his desk.
The President said that he has made it clear to Congress that he opposes the use of federal money "to promote science which destroys life in order to save life."
"And therefore, if the bill does that, I will veto it," said Bush in response to a reporter's question.
Bush's comments were in response to news that South Korean scientists had overcome a major obstacle in producing human embryo clones for stem cell research.
"I worry about a world in which cloning becomes acceptable," Bush said.
What is interesting now is that you can see sort of a mild version of the Dark Ages happening here. While Eastern scientists, unfettered by Christian cult-of-life attitudes, are going to develop stem cell innovations beyond our wildest dreams, we're stuck with a preznit who probably hasn't cracked a biology book since eighth grade. Like when the Arabs were figuring out algebra and Europeans were freaking out, thinking Haley's Comet was a sign of the end times.
Remember American Innovation? That was cool. Mustangs, personal computers, the telephone, Polio Vaccine . . . and hey, then we invented outsourcing!
Now America is the George Steinbrenner of technology. If you have something that could be a big player on the market, we'll buy it. But it's not like we're going to train it up from the beginning.
Or maybe not. I'm fried- working on a column about Breed Specific Dog Legislation has got me feeling a little down.