Doug Forrester looks like a fish out of water. He’s been flipping and flailing on his position on stem cell research, trying to appease the left and right simultaneously. Scott at mydd covers all the details, but his latest position (as of Oct 29, 11:00 AM) seems to be that he supports embryonic stem cell research, but not public funding for it. From his spokeswoman:
“he doesn’t believe the state should be borrowing money for this.”
But stem cell research is the type of work that requires a significant investment in order to be successful. By failing to publicly fund it, he’s essentially standing in the way of progress.
Contrast Forrester’s position to the vision and hope of JFK:
To be sure, we are behind, and will be behind for some time in manned flight. But we do not intend to stay behind, and in this decade, we shall make up and move ahead.
[A]ll this costs us all a good deal of money…Space expenditures will soon rise some more, from 40 cents per person per week to more than 50 cents a week for every man, woman and child in the United Stated, for we have given this program a high national priority–even though I realize that this is in some measure an act of faith and vision, for we do not now know what benefits await us.
But if I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, the length of this football field, made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing heat and stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment needed for propulsion, guidance, control, communications, food and survival, on an untried mission, to an unknown celestial body, and then return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun–almost as hot as it is here today–and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out–then we must be bold.
However, I think we’re going to do it, and I think that we must pay what needs to be paid