Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More embarassing Presidential amateurism: on-again/off-again funding for embryonic stem cell research

Remember when Obama unilaterally lifted the ban on federal funding on embryonic stem cell research by executive order? Remember all the pomp and ceremony involved in removing that "archaic" ban? Remember when our intellectually brilliant leader said he was allowing federal taxpayer dollars to fund embryonic stem cells because "medical miracles do not happen simply by accident"?

Well, apparently the ban can be reinstated by accident. Here's what happens when you sign legislation without reading it: (from the blog Feed Your ADHD)

In a story that could only come out of Washington, Obama made a great public display of his ethical and scientific obligations for rescinding former President George W. Bush’s 2001 ban on federal funding for stem cell research. Then two days later, while signing the $410 billion omnibus bill (with 9,000 earmarks Obama promised during the campaign to never allow), the president knowingly (supposedly) approved the Dickey-Wicker amendment, an inclusion in the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services every fiscal year since 1996 that bans federal funding for stem cell research. Obama later said he’d leave it to Congress to come up with the law of the land on the matter. Political high drama with zero results at its best…and this is “change” how? FAIL!

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