Friday, October 15, 2004

Charles on Stem Cells

I have posted before and linked to Charles Krauthammer. He is simply one of the best. I first noticed Charles on the Brit Hume show that airs on Fox. He is a regular of the 'Fox All-Stars'. Initially, I noticed him because I found him to be very wise. Not many people these days are described as wise, but it fits him. Then as I watched him more, I started to notice that his posture was different; and now I have recently learned that he is paralyzed from an auto accident that occurred when he was in medical school. That's right, Charlies is a trained physician. His article today addressed the Stem Cell Research issue and how the Kerry campaign are outwardly lying to the American public in the worse way.
George Bush is the first president to approve federal funding for stem cell research. There are 22 lines of stem cells now available, up from one just two years ago. As Leon Kass, head of the President's Council on Bioethics, has written, there are 3,500 shipments of stem cells waiting for anybody who wants them.

Edwards and Kerry constantly talk of a Bush "ban" on stem cell research. This is false. There is no ban. You want to study stem cells? You get them from the companies that have the cells and apply to the National Institutes of Health for the federal funding.

In his Aug. 7 radio address to the nation, Kerry referred not once but four times to the "ban" on stem cell research instituted by Bush. At the time, Reeve was alive, so not available for posthumous exploitation. But Ronald Reagan was available, having recently died of Alzheimer's.

So what does Kerry do? He begins his radio address with the disgraceful claim that the stem cell "ban" is standing in the way of an Alzheimer's cure.

It is, as always, a wonderful column. One reason to look forward to Fridays is for Charles Krauthammer. Go forth, read the whole thing and make yourself smarter for it! Link here.

UPDATE: If you would like to see a very similar post to this with curse words, go here. Too funny.