The federally funded embryonic stem cell researcher takes absolute government-approved control of the embryo surrendered to his custody. The only difference between that embryonic human being and the human beings reading this column is age. And the only reason a government that uses tax dollars to kill human embryos would not use tax dollars to kill human grandmothers and grandfathers is if the people running the government concede there is a moment in time between when a human is an embryo and when a human is a grandparent that they attain human rights the government has a duty to protect.
When exactly that happens, however, is not something President Obama cares to specify. During the 2008 campaign, Pastor Rick Warren asked Obama, "At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?"
"Well, you know," said Obama, "I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."
Since then, Obama's pay grade has jumped from a senator's salary of $174,000 per year to the president's salary of $400,000 per year -- but he still apparently does not know when humans get human rights.
American embryos not killed in government-funded research or in legal abortions that Control Freaks justify on the basis of "freedom of choice" can look forward to being forced by the health care law Obama signed in March to buy a federally approved health insurance plan where the benefits they receive will be determined by federal bureaucrats -- all of whom, presumably, will have achieved the proper pay grade to make such decisions.
The greatest fiscal danger the nation faces as a result of the Control Freak's agenda is the coming crisis of the welfare state. According to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's analysis of Treasury Department figures, the federal government now faces $61.9 trillion in unfunded liabilities. That astounding number is comprised of the federal debt plus the cost of entitlements -- such as Medicare and Social Security benefits -- promised to people now alive that is not covered by the revenue the current tax structure is expected to yield.
This $61.9 trillion in unfunded liabilities, by the way, equals $200,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States -- not counting embryos.
Where is the government going to find that kind of cash? The Control Freaks know where to look for it: Wherever you put your money.
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