Bush Ratchets Up Fight Against Stem Cell Research

Today President Bush announced that he plans to veto any legislation that would loosen restrictions on embryonic stem cell research:

I’ve made it very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers’ money, to promote science which destroys life in order to save life — I’m against that. And therefore if the bill does that, I will veto it.

That’s strange. When he’s talking about the death penalty, President Bush says he likes policies that destroy life in order to save it:

I have been supportive of the death penalty, both as governor and President. … And I happen to believe that the death penalty, when properly applied, saves lives of others.

So, let’s get this straight: President Bush supports state-sanctioned killing because he “believes” that it will save lives, despite the multitude of studies showing that’s nonsense. And President Bush opposes research that could rescue millions from the living hell that is Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injury, stroke, etc., because he objects to “destroying” embryonic, in vitro stem cells that would have been discarded anyway.

Oh, and don’t forget, this mangled, convoluted logic is called “principled.” And it shows a committment to a “Culture of Life.”

My head hurts.