'I made [it] very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers' money, to promote science which destroys life in order to save life, I'm against that.' … 'Therefore if the bill does that, I will veto it.'But according to Saletan,
Bush and his spokesmen routinely argue that [the death penalty] is justified not because murderers deserve it, but because it's moral to take one life in order to save others. He doesn't say that Person A should be executed because Person A is a danger to society. He says that Person A should be executed because the execution will deter Person B from killing Person C.I know that Bush cares so little about intellectual honesty that a conflict like this won't slow him down a bit. But I wonder if there are any intellectually honest proponents of his position who would be willing to engage this issue.