August 26, 2003

Low Expectations Justified

Patti sent this along from Nature:

The scientific community had low expectations for the Bush administration when it was first elected. The record since 2001 shows that these expectations were justified. [...]

this month's report by Henry Waxman (Democrat, California), the senior Democrat on the Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives, should be welcomed. In a relatively comprehensive and succinct 33-page document, Waxman's staff have, at the very least, put together a cogent case for the prosecution ( http://www.politicsandscience.org ; see Nature 424 , 715; 2003 ). "The Administration's political interference with science has led to misleading statements by the President, inaccurate responses to Congress, altered web sites, suppressed agency reports, erroneous international communications, and the gagging of scientists," it states.

The article specifically mentions how previously independent organizations within the government have been subject to political pressure and made to do the bidding of the administration, a huge step in the wrong direction and something that adds to the fears that there is a pattern of politics before truth in the Bush game plan.

Posted by James at August 26, 2003 3:26 PM
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Feel the arrogance:

"'This administration looks at the facts, and revies the best available science based on what's right for the American people,' White House spokesman Scott McClellan told The New York Times."

Yes, thank you, Scott. I definitely want Our Addled President deciding what the "best available science" is, and whether it's right for me.

Paternalistic, moronic, call it what you will, but don't leave out "chilling."

What a bunch of control freak frat boys!

Posted by: Patti M. at August 26, 2003 4:17 PM

Of course, that's "reviews" the best available science. It might just as well be "reviles," but that would be playing with proper rules of citation.

Nature, 21 August 2003, Volume 424, Issue no. 6951

Posted by: Patti M. at August 26, 2003 4:19 PM

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