October 12, 2004

Smack 'Em on the Head and Shout, "Heal"

John Edwards says:

'When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again'...

The ellipsis cut off the important section of the Senator's remarks:

"Or I'm going to sue every last one of the doctors working on spinal cord research!"

Ya know, what Senator Edwards and his fellow ambulance chasers do illustrates the problem with eating the rich better than anything else I can think of. What do you do once they are gone? (Ed. Aside from identifying a new victim righteous cause.) Obstetricians and gynecologists are disappearing from Illinois in the metropolitan area around St. Louis and some of the hospitals here are shutting their maternity wards -- for one simple reason. The doctors here are closing up shop as the civil justice system in Illinois' Madison County is now owned by the plaintiff's bar. Insurance rates are skyrocketing and no doctor wants to have to compete with lawyers who can channel the thoughts of the unborn (after the fact) with a tear in his eye and a lump in his throat in front of a jury of people that has been fully Oprahfied. Naturally evidence that stem cell research can probably do little for those suffering from spinal cord injuries will be of little importance to Senator Edwards when there are demogogic points to be scored, as Christopher Reeve himself recently said:

I advocate it because I think scientists should be free to pursue every possible avenue. It appears though, at the moment, that embryonic stem cells are effective in treating acute injuries and are not able to do much about chronic injuries.

But I digress.

I expect a new commercial soon from Kerry, Edwards, Shrum, and Cahill, asking if you have recently suffered a chronic spinal injury and offering you the stem cell research money you deserve.

Posted by Charles Austin at October 12, 2004 04:29 PM