I'm having some trouble roping around all this stem cell and healthcare nonsense from Barry the Black Jesus.
Obama says, "Our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values."
"It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda — and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology," Obama said.
But then he went on to say that human cloning is "dangerous, profoundly wrong and has no place in our society, or any society." Why exactly?
If we're going to put science ahead of politics and ideology, why is human cloning off limits? Isn't it because it is a moral hazard filled with all sorts of ethical problems, in addition to some potentially huge scientific advances?
All of this comes apart when we start looking at healthcare reform.
Jay Rockefeller, one of the senators who will take the lead on healthcare reform, says we can't have it all.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), a longtime champion of overhauling the health care system, raised the controversial prospect of new limits on the care that American can get.
"We can't all have everything we want when we want it," he said. "And it's going to hurt everyone's feelings. But I don't see any other way."
But doesn't that conflict with the President's approach to science? After all, if a treatment will help someone, shouldn't they get it? It not only advances science, but it is also a moral good, in the same way cloning people is a terrible moral hazard?
It seems to me that Barack Obama is picking and choosing whether he wants to be scientific or moral or ethical on an issue by issue basis. When we get to healthcare, he will be unable to get money and politics out of the decision making process. Do we really believe that he would allow the government to deny a life saving treatment to Warren Buffet? That is, though, what Rockefeller proposes.
When the government gets involved, politics and money come into play. It does not matter whether it is stem cell research or healthcare. To say otherwise is disingenuous and it exposes a potential achilles heel in Obama's administration.
Say what you will about the last administration, but it was consistent. Obama, given the direction he wants to take healthcare reform and the direction he is taking stem cell issues, but not cloning, is picking and choosing between science, politics, and morality. The inconsistency in chooses is going to come back and bite him.
Again, we can only hope he fails.