Friday, May 20, 2005

Stem Cells, Bush, and Hypocrisy

So South Korean scientists have figured out a new and better way to speed the creation of stem cells. But back here in America, where the Bush Administration places a higher value on its view of moral values rather than science, Bush is set to veto any stem cell research bill:
"I made [it] very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers' money, to promote science which destroys life in order to save life, I'm against that," Bush told reporters. "Therefore if the bill does that, I will veto it."
So Bush is against any use of taxpayers' money to promote science that destroys life in order to save life, huh? Then why is the Bush administration pursuing the development of nuclear weapons:
The Bush administration is seeking $8.5 million to resume a study by the Energy and Defense departments on the feasibility of a nuclear "bunker buster" warhead, but the proposal is generating opposition in Congress and some leaders are pushing for a broader review of the nation's multibillion-dollar nuclear weapons programs.
$8.5 million for a study of how to build new and better nuclear bombs. Last time I checked, didn't nukes destroy life? But that's peanuts compared to the Joint Strike Fighter program:
The fighter was designed to be a low-cost replacement to the Air Force's F-16, with different versions being developed for the Navy, Marine Corps and British forces. But it is now expected to cost $244.8 billion to produce a planned 2,400 planes. Development will cost $44.8 billion, including a $10 billion increase identified last year, the report said.


Spending on the program will eventually increase to $1 billion a month from $100 million a month as the Defense Department invests in tools, facilities and workers, according to the report.
Now last time I checked, the objective of a Joint Strike Fighter program was not to engineer an aircraft that would awe people at their local air shows. The pure and simple reason for this program, and the taxpayer funded science behind it, was to build a weapons platform for bombs like the bunker busting nuke, so that lives can be destroyed so that other lives can be saved. But the JSF is just one of many such uses of American taxpayer funded science and technology, in a trillion dollar Pentagon budget:
As Congress moves ahead with a huge new defense bill, lawmakers are making only modest changes in the Pentagon's plans to spend well over $1 trillion in the next decade on an arsenal of futuristic planes, ships and weapons with little direct connection to the Iraq war or the global war on terrorism.

House and Senate versions of the 2005 defense authorization measure contain a record $68 billion for research and development -- 20 percent above the peak levels of President Ronald Reagan's historic defense buildup. Tens of billions more out of a proposed $76 billion hardware account will go for big-ticket weapons systems to combat some as-yet-unknown adversary comparable to the former Soviet Union.

On the Pentagon's wish list are such revolutionary weapons as a fighter plane that can land on an aircraft carrier or descend vertically to the ground; a radar-evading destroyer that can wallow low in the waves like a submarine while aiming precise rounds at enemy targets 200 miles inland; and a compact "isomer" weapon that could tap the metallic chemical element hafnium to release 10,000 times as much energy per gram as TNT.
Research and development for stem cells? Veto it. Research and develop of weapons systems designed to destroy life so that other lives might be saved. Cha-ching to the tune of $68 billion.

Once again Bush demonstrates his hypocritical "culture of life" means that killing embryos is bad, but killing any adult deemed a threat, along with any innocent man, woman, or child who happens to be in the vicinity at the time, is perfectly alright.