Schwarzenegger Shuns Bush and Funds Stem Cell Research
Schwarzenegger, a Republican who has been trying to put distance between himself and the unpopular president as he seeks re-election this year, said the state cannot afford to wait to fund the critical science associated with stem cells.
The state's voters created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2004 when they passed a ballot measure that authorized $3 billion over 10 years for stem cell research.
Lawyers with ties to anti-abortion and anti-tax groups have sued, arguing that the institute is unconstitutional.
On April 21, a Superior Court judge ruled the institute was a legitimate state agency.
Embryonic stem cells are building blocks that turn into different types of tissue. Scientists hope to use them someday to regenerate damaged organs or other body parts and cure diseases. Some oppose such research because it entails the destruction of human embryos.
Now I know we aren't supposed to talk national politics, but for Bush to use his first veto ever to stop scientific research was a jackass move. Of course what should we expect from a guy who thinks the world is only a few thousand years old and the jury is still out on evolution.