Midweek Cuckoo: George W. Bush
Well, it had to happen eventually. George Bush has made a statement that moves him out of arena of political buffoon and into the arena of kook.
On the last day of January, Bush gave his State of the Union address. You can read the full transcript here. He spends the first half of the talk justifying America’s ongoing international meddling. Then he goes on to say:
“A hopeful society has institutions of science and medicine that do not cut ethical corners, and that recognize the matchless value of every life. Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator — and that gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale. “
My emphasis. I am very interested to discover that George thinks The Island of Dr Moreau was a documentary. Bad luck for all those minotaurs and centaurs out there; you’re about to be banned. Get those AD&D freaks over here quick, i hear they know how to dispatch these things real fast.
But laughter aside, if George is serious about this, he doesn’t seem to know the consequences of that statement. Never mind that he’s already talking about eradicating all stem cell research, depending on how far he’s going to take hybridization prohibition, he could be screwing us all over:
- Does he mean the insertion of animal parts into humans? Everyone on a waiting list to receive a pig valve for their heart can just go away and quietly die.
- Does he mean insertion of human tissue into non-human cells? Insulin is manufactured that way; diabetics can just go ahead and die too.
- Does he mean insertion of human genes into non-humans? Insertion of a complete human chromosome 21 into mice is how we are studying and better understanding Downs syndrome. So all the retards can just shut the hell up, they’re probably not going to survive to voting age anyway.
Bush has demonstrated time and time again that he is not a friend to healthcare or scientific advances therein. His stance on abortion is ludicrous, his stance on stem cell research is uninformed and religiously biased, but this…. this is just lunacy. Truly Midweek Cuckoo material.
See what a biologist has to say about it here.
Here’s another fun bit from his speech:
“Keeping America competitive requires us to be good stewards of tax dollars. Every year of my presidency, we’ve reduced the growth of non-security discretionary spending, and last year you passed bills that cut this spending. This year my budget will cut it again, and reduce or eliminate more than 140 programs that are performing poorly or not fulfilling essential priorities. By passing these reforms, we will save the American taxpayer another $14 billion next year, and stay on track to cut the deficit in half by 2009.”
My emphasis again. Interesting that those non-security programs which are not fulfilling essential priorities include both the education system (planned education cuts make up $2-billion of that $14-billion figure) and the national healthcare system. But this is totally consistent with the Bush administration so far, which has also supported the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools, opposes the legalization of same sex marriage, and is trying to get abortion passed as murder.
Not just a kook, the most dangerous kook of them all at the moment.