Magazine article The American Conservative

Taxes & Death

Magazine article The American Conservative

Taxes & Death

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What does Barack Obama mean when he says he's getting politics out of science? "We make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology," the president asserted as he announced his decision to provide federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. Millions of taxpayers believe these experiments are unethical as they require the destruction of embryonic human life. Obama has decided that these Americans do not deserve a choice. His idea of ending a political dispute entails one side triumphing completely--and compelling the losers to pay for what they consider an abomination.

As Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney observes, "Destroying human embryos to harvest stem cells has never been illegal in the United States, and many laboratories have been carrying out this sort of research for years, either with private money or with state taxpayer money." But biotech firms and their trade group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, have not been content to rely on the market. BIO spent $7.7 million lobbying last year--compared with just $4.9 million spent by the American Petroleum Institute, according to Carney. How many liberals, he asks, would have considered a decision by President Bush to open national parks to oil prospecting, "depoliticizing drilling" or "restoring geology to its rightful place"? …

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