Breaking news: NJ Sheeple Break Away From Herd! Ballot Questions Rejected For First Time in 17 Years.
In an surprising turn of events, NJ voters denied the country's most reckless governor the $450 million that was already being counted for stem cell research in New Jersey. Let's get this over with early in the day:
as much as it was a rejection of unbridled taxation.
Boy, I sure hope Trenton gets the message and the message is that the citizens of NJ are (finally!) alarmed at the rate of taxation and spending that goes on here. "It's kind of a mixed message," Senate President and go-to guy for gubernatorial absences Richard Codey. Not that mixed, Richard - it's pretty clear. Slow down the spending.
That being said, you'll hear a lot of mourning for stem cell research around the water coolers today. We could cure Woody Guthrie - Poor Superman could fly again! Think about it for a minute: why are the private pharmaceutical companies not all over this? Does it make you wonder why NJ is so vigorously promoting a half-billion dollars in state-funded research? Do I recall that when disgraced former governor McGreevey left office, he was given a place at UMDNJ's stem cell research program? Back-door Democrat deal making couldn't have anything to do here, could it?
Don't get too excited about the end of macular degeneration or the ability to grow new limbs. I said it before and I'll say it again: it will happen when someone figures out the fastest way to make the most money from it. Because I'm like a damn self-referential oracle already, this is what I said in 2004 and I stand by it now:
Despite the wishful thinking of Michael J. and Ron Jr., if stem cell therapy develops to the point of fulfilling its potential for regenerating worn or defective body parts, I can tell you right now that Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are going to be pretty far down the list of application. Here's my prediction for the frequency of use in a not-too-future society dominated by aging male Baby Boomers:
1. New hair growth for baldheaded men.
2. Knee joint replacements.
3. Replacement teeth. ( Attention: conspiratorists - the Dentists' lobby might try to suppress this one.)
4. & 5. (tie) Heart replacement / new pancreas.
6. Taut new abdominal muscles.
7. Perky boobs for younger girlfriends and /or trophy wives.
Oh, there will be some splashy new hearts and a replacement arm or two that will be done in some major teaching hospitals who will absorb the monetary loss. But until the commercial providers approve stem cell therapy for the masses, it will be cash on the barrel head and that order is the way it''s going to shake down. I'm figuring about #46 for Parkinson's and #87 for Alzheimer's.