Come on, I got up this morning and on CNNj the 'heads were anal-yzing Obama's speech on The Situation Room. I knew
before I logged in that there would be someone talking about it here. I'm just surprised Freak hasn't shown up yet calling it a bad thing just because Obama did it. (And conjuring images of Nazi Muslim abortion squads ripping the fetuses from the bellies of pregnant women?
Haha, yeah I was wondering that myself. He'd probably gripe about what an unnecessary earmark this spending on such research is. Obama made a really good point about a week ago (though I'm sure conservatives would laugh it up) in which he acknowledged the criticisms of so-called unnecessary spending in the bill. Specifically, he was talking about things like stem-cell research, electric cars, clean energy, climate change R&D, etc (all of which the conservatives label as "liberal pet projects" pffft
I consider them projects of morality, but that's besides the point)... Anyway, Obama went on to say that when they had the money, they didn't act on these things. In peace-time they didn't act on these things. In war-time they didn't act on these things. Basically, there was always a reason not to act. Obama recognizes that while the recession must be dealt with, other crisises must not be forgotten. He then went on to say that in previous economic slumps and even in the great depression, dramatic actions were taken to make American industry more lucrative. You could nail two birds with one stone simply by making massive industries out of the once-oppressed innovations such as the electric car, or wind-power, thus taking the first tiny steps toward a smart way of living, which is clearly the challenge of our time.
Of course, the question from the right would be "But Drunken Idaho, what about the kiddies who will have to pay off that immense debt for the rest of their lives?" Well I say, the immense debt was there already. In case you have forgotten, people have been talking about this recession for a couple years now. Everyone knew it was coming, and perhaps it was the lenders padding themselves up before the final blow that truly did it in, but the point is the debt has simply increased a bit thanks to the stimulus bill. So my answer is, if future generations are going to be stuck with this debt with or without this stimulus bill, then the least we can do is begin to take care of all those other problems concerning future generations.
SandChigger wrote:Bush's research ban was one of his more stupid achievements. Since I doubt he has any sort of grasp of the science involved, it had to be a purely political decision, to pacify his idiotic conservative supporters. Obama has now reversed that stupidity.
Right on the money, Chig.