Inside The Senate
|Inside The Senate|
|Date of Cutscene:||25 June 2017|
|Cast of Characters:||1075|
Today on Inside The Senate we talk to the ever controversial, always dashing, Republican Senator Graydon Creed of New York. We'll be addressing the new Nanotechnology ban sponsored by Senator Tamara Strong, the Republican from North Carolina. I'm your host Jobe Hernandez and this is Inside the Senate.
JH: Welcome Senator. Thank you for coming.
Sen. Creed: "I'm happy to be here. Thank you for having, Mr. Hernandez. "
JH: You are a man of action so let's get right to the point, why is this bill so controversial? Why is your party so divided about this technology being applied to medical science?
Sen. Creed: I don't think it's the technology itself that is controversial. It's the effects it will have on the job market if the medical applications are approved. As you know, I run my campaign off of small dollar donations and avoid taking donations from any super-pac or organization that I don't agree with on a moral level. This frees me from a lot of the... stress that my fellow Republicans are under.
JH: Stress? What could be stressful about technology that could save countless lives?
Sen. Creed: Well, when you and I picture a treatment center that a person could walk into, discover they have cancer, take a thirty minute bath and have that cancer be cured, it seems like a great thing. However, to many people in congress and the senate, especially my friend Senator Strong of North Carolina it's a problem. Much of their state revenue and taxes result from the cutting edge hospitals which specialize in cancer care. If this technology becomes common place too quickly it could create daunting issues for her state. She doesn't really want to ban the technology she is just looking out for her constituents.
JH: So let people die to save jobs? That doesn't seem like a very good strategy.
Sen. Creed: Not at all. I'm sure she would agree. This bill is about haggling. She wants to make sure her people are protected before things progress. There will be meetings and reviews and compromises. President Underwood is very protective of his home state and I'm sure he will stand with me when I propose an amendment to the bill which incentivises the cancer research centers of North Carolina to divest from the older technology and move to the new more effective methods. This way we can keep the jobs and maximize the existing infrastructure that makes the North Carolina the best in the country for cancer treatment.
JH: And by incentivise you mean tax cuts?
Sen. Creed: Or grants to fund future research we'll work out the details but yes. In Washington it always comes down to money and loyalty. But, come on, what kind of mook would reject a budget item for upgrading cancer treatments? It would be political suicide. I don't think even the Democrats are that short sighted.
JH: Speaking of the democrats, you have been very outspoken against the rumored cuts to the Global Defense Initiative. Many of your colleagues say that the G.D.I was an over-reach. They claim that the government reacted too severely to the invasion of New York. That we don't need to spend that much on a global defense network. We have the Avengers and the Justice League, why do we need a standing military branch trained to fight extraterrestrials?
Sen. Creed: The Justice League and Avengers do a great job of stopping the supervillains that come out to challenge them. They do their best to keep the collateral damage to a minimum but lets face it, we really can't afford to stay this course. Rebuilding major cities, staving off economic collapse because of invasions. Aliens with superpowers that might turn on us at any moment and unleash mass destruction, it's unpredictable and the market doesn't like unpredictable.
If you look back through history there have always been heroes, the scale of the conflict has just gotten out of hand recently. It seems the more powerful heroes we have running around unchecked the more powerful evil there is to rise up against them. It's become a never ending battle that only a handful of people are asked to fight. We are thrusting the protection of out entire planet onto their shoulders.
The question no one seems to be asking is, What if they just feel like they have done their part and want to step down? If we have a branch of the military trained to specifically handle the mutant problem, alien invaders, and rogue metahumans then these heroes don't have to do it all on their own or feel pressured to keep doing it when they don't want to. It would also let us respond to situations with more flexibility and in more places at once. It would be unfair of us not to help them, not to support them, and to be ready to replace them if the situation ever arises where their continued involvement is untenable.
JH: Yeah, if you put it like that, I guess I can see your point. We're about out of time but thank you for visiting with us Senator Creed. It's been enlightening.