May 23, 2005
South Korean scientists announced a breakthrough in growing a patient's own stem cells. It holds promise for treating many very difficult diseases.
In the very same week, in the U.S., President Bush said he would veto any bill legalizing any of that sort of thing here!
Bush said he was worried about human cloning. Well, not really. If anything, he is worried about maintaining his voting base in the Christian right – a base also suffering the economic setbacks of his policies.
By dragging out the false issue of human cloning, Bush appeals to the reactionary attitudes in this religious milieu – while he puts up a barrier to medical research in this country.
Of course, it's no problem to him if medicine progresses in other parts of the world and not here. He's got a big jet, a passport and lots and lots of money.