I know that during the campaign our new president made the point that he was perfectly capable of handling more than one thing at the same time, but this time he seems to be expecting that it’s possible to do two diametrically opposed things at the same time.
At the beginning of the week the president took the tragic step of overturning the executive order which banned federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. But then, just two days later, as part of the omnibus appropriations bill, he signed into law an explicit ban of federal funding for any “creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes, or research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.” This is the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which has been included in the annual appropriations bill for HHS every year since 1996. So, as it stands, the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is still banned, thanks be to God.
I’ll bet the president wishes he had taken time to read what he signed.