Stem Cells - Right Veto, Wrong Reason

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In five and one half years as President, GW Bush, could not find his veto pen to curb record deficits and national debt, an issue, which an overwhelming majority of Americans want addressed. In similar fashion, Pres. Bush is disappointing the majority of Americans again on federal funding of stem cell research, by vowing to make it his first veto as President. The President's action is right, the wrong reasons.

Stem cell research is going to continue with frozen embryos by corporations like Geron, with, or without, federal funding. At a time when deficits are still out of control and the Republicans are seeking to raise the national debt ceiling to 9.6 Trillion dollars, I agree with the President, that a veto of federal spending on this program is warranted. There are bigger reasons though, too.

What sense does it make to fund extending American lives via stem cell research for new medical procedures when millions and millions of Americans will never be able to afford the treatments? The Medicare system is going to collapse under the weight of both increased poor retirees of the baby boom generation and spiralling health care cost inflation. To extend the years people live in poverty and bankruptcy as a result of the new procedures to come from stem cell research is backwards. To deny such procedures to as many as 60 million Americans who will die without them, because they have no health insurance coverage and cannot afford the procedures due to the impending collapse of the Medicare system, is also putting the cart before the horse.

The President is right to veto federal spending on this research because our nation desperately needs to halt the deficit spending which, grows our national debt and undermines the sustainability of Medicare assistance to the poor. But, as an elected leader to represent the will of the people, his reasons of morality and principle are wrong. The majority of Americans support funding for stem cell research. The President has an obligation to put the will of the people above his own personal values on issues such as these. He was not elected to RULE over the people, or overrule them, as King George did. He was elected to REPRESENT them and their majority will for a future of greater security, prosperity, and liberty.

I support the President's decision to veto this spending. But, the spending is not his reason for vetoing it. His personal morality and that of a minority of Americans which make up a portion of his party's base, are his motivations for vetoing the bill. And that makes his decision the right one for the wrong reasons. If only the President had a history of vetoing spending on Mars colonies, on transfer payments to Islamic dictators, on prescription drug Medicare bills that prevent competitive bidding and cause the program to cost 300% of original estimates, then his veto on stem cell research could be defended on responsible fiscal grounds.

But, such a history of fiscal responsibility does not exist behind Pres. Bush's 5 + years in office nor behind his Republican led Congress. Therefore, while I am for the decision to veto, I must condemn the President's reasons, which are to elevate his personal morality and value decisions above those of the majority of the American people. Some will call this leadership. I will call it arrogance, and abuse of a democratically elected office. When a President uses the office to reward a minority of supporters against the will of the majority of the people, the President is abusing the office to which he was elected. Vetoing the Stem Cell legislation is the right action for the wrong reasons.

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This page contains a single entry by David R. Remer published on July 17, 2006 10:03 PM.

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