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June 14, 2004 — 8:15 pm

I just couldn’t let this hilarity pass.

The White House is rejecting calls by former President Reagan’s family to change its policy on stem cell research.

Press Secretary Scott McClellan says flatly, “The policy remains the same.” He adds, “We are looking at other ways to combat disease.”

“We are looking at other ways to combat disease”? Who? Is the President spending his days toiling away in a genetic lab somewhere we don’t know about? Does Scott McClellan have a degree in Molecular Biology?

What Mr. McClellan means is that the Executive branch has no problems using Federal funds to facilitate the research needed to combat diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons, just so long as it’s not Stem Cell research.

Hypocrisy and Hubris.

The correct answer would have been something along the lines of “You need to talk to the scientists in the private sector working on these problems. The Federal Government does not fund science as that would be a clear conflict of interest.”

The Federal Government has no business “looking at other ways to combat disease”. The only thing they need to do to ensure these much sought after cures is to simply get the hell out of the way.


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