Old Drum

Commentary on Warrensburg, Johnson County and Missouri issues from a Libertarian perspective. View my earlier commentary at www.olddrum.net.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Amendment 2, stem cell

OK, I've made up my mind on all the amendments.

Amendment 2, Stem Cell research. I'll vote against it because it's just too complex to include in the state constitution, not because I opoose stem cell research. On trhe other hand, I would also oppose any attempt by the legislature to ban the research should the amendment fail. On the other hand, I do not think that it is the government's function to fund research.

I think ads for both sides are highly misleading (they have totally differnt definitions of cloning), but the anti-2 forces are probably stretching things more. This was the hardest one to decide on, but it comes down to what ought to be in the constitution.


  • At Saturday, October 28, 2006 7:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If the goverment doesn't fund research then, who will fund it? Entities with an agenda will.

    When entities with an agenda fund research, what happens? The truth is less likely to come out. What will probably come out is something that supports the agenda of whoever is funding that research.

    Therefore, ideally, entities without any research agenda (i.e. the government - even though this is not always the case) would be the ones funding research so that we can get closer to the truth.

    The NIH (National Institutes of Health) funds millions and millions of dollars in research. It is part of the US Deparment of Health and Human Services - a branch of our goverment.

    I feel more confortable with the outcomes of studies when I know a more neutral party (such as the NIH) is the one funding the research, as opposed to a corporation with a financial agenda..

    Please reconsider your thoughts on Amendment 2.

    Thank you.

  • At Sunday, October 29, 2006 7:10:00 AM, Blogger Bill Wayne said…

    Actually, the government involvement is one of the things I oppose most. If I remember right, the NIH has promoted anti-second amendment agendas, so I really don't think they always support the truth.

    Besides, I've always thought the profit motive is what drives most progress.



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