A presidential cell gameThis is so utterly wrong on so many levels, it's hard to know where to begin.
President Bush sought to hide his stem-cell veto under a meaningless research directive.
President Bush deferred the hopes of the incurably sick and disabled Wednesday when, for the second time, he vetoed a bill that would have expanded federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
He added insult to injury by then issuing an executive order that is nothing but a public relations ruse, an attempt to neutralize the political impact of an unpopular decision. (link)
Why not with the obvious: Everyone on planet earth knew that the president vetoed the stem cell funding initiative. So that silliness about "President Bush sought to hide ..." garbage is just that. He announced in advance his intention to veto the legislation - even before it was passed - and he followed through on his threat. Nothing was hidden. Nobody was fooled.
Secondly, with regard to the shameful "President Bush deferred the hopes of the incurably sick and disabled ...," embryonic stem cell research continues apace. In fact, those doing research have had no trouble obtaining funding - from a host of private, state, and even federal entities (lest the geniuses at the Times lead you astray - their attempt at ruse - there has been exactly one president in the history of the United States that has authorized allocations for this type of research; that president is George W. Bush).
Third, embryonic stem cell research to date has been a complete bust. There have been no breakthroughs. There hasn't been one person cured, nor one sick person made well with their use. All we've gotten are promises. "Someday the blind will see and the lame walk ..."
Knowing that the research has produced nothing promising, beyond a pile of promises, and knowing that President Bush's administration is, at present, already funding the research, and that there was never an attempt at disguising the president's veto (if for no other reason than the fact that, as the Times graciously points out, this was his second veto of the same funding attempt), the fact that the Roanoke Times would pull this stunt is beyond words.