Drudge is reporting Karl Rove as saying
that President Bush would use his first ever veto to abort (if you will)
legislation to expand federal funding for stem-cell research.

In his
nearly six years in office, Bush has steadfastly refused to reign in a Congress
intent on draining the public coffers with a profligacy truly unbefitting the
name “conservative”, unless, of course, that term has ceased to represent an
economic philosophy and is now simply code for draconian theological social

If Bush chooses to forgo his Savin’ It membership to go all
the way to stop stem-cell research, there can be little doubt as to the
definition of conservatism he’s laboring under. Not to mention that hampering
promising research to cure Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, paralysis and a host of
other cruel afflictions to placate his base of faithful flat-earthers defies any
definition of “compassionate” I’ve ever seen.

Peter Fray

Save 50% on a year of Crikey and The Atlantic.

The US election is in a little over a month. It seems that there’s a ridiculous twist in the story, almost every day.

Luckily for new Crikey subscribers, we’ve teamed up with one of America’s best publications, The Atlantic for the election race. Subscribe now to make sense of it all, and you’ll get a year of Crikey (usually $199) and a year’s digital subscription to The Atlantic (usually $70AUD), BOTH for just $129.

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey