Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Warren Harding Was An Amateur and Nixon was in the Minors

I believe that the present White House Administration is the most successful administration in US history. They have delivered the most goodies to the people that run them and got them elected than any other administration I can think of. Maybe FDR and his New Deal is the closest competitor to Bush's Raw Deal (that is "raw" to anyone not in silver spoon class). But of course I am being silly and should be accused of "class warfare" when I cling to the naive notion that a President should be working for all Americans...

Today I read an article in the NY Times which really hit home with me. The Union of Concerned Scientists an "independent organization that focuses on technical issues" issued a scathing report today:

The Bush administration has deliberately and systematically distorted scientific fact in the service of policy goals on the environment, health, biomedical research and nuclear weaponry at home and abroad, a group of about 60 influential scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, said in a statement issued today.
These are scientists, albeit ones with a conscience - which I guess is at odds with the present administration now that I think about it. Another snippet:
...accuse the administration of repeatedly censoring and suppressing reports by its own scientists, stacking advisory committees with unqualified political appointees, disbanding government panels that provide unwanted advice, and refusing to seek any independent scientific expertise in some cases.
Wow. This seems an awful lot like Communist era Lysenkoism. The conversion to faith and corporate based science will be complete when a new Cabinet secretary is nominated to be "Secretary of Creation Science".

Here is the reply from the Press Secretary: "...I can assure you that this is an administration that makes decisions based on the best available science." It doesn't say in the article whether he smirked, laughed, guffawed or was turning beet-red from suppressed hilarity when he uttered the statement.


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