July 23, 2005

Blago's stem cell research funding poll results

Results were interesting on the question, "Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently ordered that $10 million be spent on stem cell research. What are your thoughts on this?".

Initial voting showed that those in favor of this funding were in the majority. But later in the polling, those opposed for one reason or another began to claw back and were in the majority for a time.

Final results are:

Of 89 votes votes cast:

1. (1) Good use of the money. Stem cell research is promising in relieving misery and disease for many people in the state. It was foreward thinking and a responsible move.
47 votes or 52.8%

2. 2, 3, and 4
31 votes or 34.8%

3. (4) Governors shouldn't make decisions to spend money on such things without involving the legislature.
6 votes or 6.7%

4. (3) Stem cell research is unethical, it should never be funded by government.
2 votes or 2.2%

5. 2 & 4
2 votes or 2.2%

6. 3 & 4
1 vote or 1.1%

7. (2) It's irresponsible to be spending this much money on research when the state is in such bad financial shape.
0 votes or 0.0%

8. 2 & 3
0 votes or 0.0%

Breaking it down between those who approve of the funding measure and those who oppose it for whatever reason or combination of reasons, we find that there are 47 votes in favor, and 42 votes opposed. Very close.


At 7/23/2005 1:20 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Anyone notice that Nancy Regan is actually campaigning on the Hill for Stem Cell research?

Why is this NOT front page news??

I am glad that there are some ways to keep the money flowing to our scientists despite the right wing fundamentalists who seem to be controlling so much of our government, country, and communities in too many ways lately.

So take that Karl Rove! I bet that Illinois is on the top of the Rove list of hits for the next Governor's race. We all know Rove will still be in power - even if he rapes and kills someone. It will be blamed on someone else.

We are stuck with this evildoer - Rove that is.

At 7/23/2005 2:25 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Stem cell research is really a bellweather issue as it pits the rather wacky beliefs of the fundy right, that a tiny microscopic clump of cells (which are routinely discarded by the millions during in vitro fertilization proceedures ever year), somehow constitutes human life, vs. the promise of incredible discoveries which may lead to cures or treatments for truly horrible diseases such as paralysis, Parkinson's disease, and other debilitating illnesses.

Yet these fundys, and their cynical manipulators, Bush, et. al. will tell those that suffer from these diseases to go to hell in favor of protecting a speck of unviable cells.

It's completely immoral, and the truth is that Bush could give a shit about the cells, OR the sufferers of these horrid diseases. All he and Rove want are the votes of these religious whack jobs and they're willing to cause continued suffering for millions in order to get them.

"The culture of life" is a hideous joke to the Bush administration, as they routinely place votes ahead of life on a daily basis.

Ever since he got a taste of offing people as Gov. of Texas, Bush has taken a sadistic glee in putting people to death. He would spend an average of 10-15 min. while someone read him a condemned prisoner's case (while his attention was probably focused on some shiny object) before ordering them executed. Yet he has said he felt convinced that every one of them was guilty.

At 7/23/2005 4:57 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I am sure Bush prayed about it. He is sure he did too. But ask Bush to recite the 10 commandments and number them and my guess is he can't. Ask him to quote the bible verse and betcha he can't.

It will be a great day if Michael Moore can corner Bush in person and interview him for a future film to illustrate these among other points.


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