Monday, March 9, 2009

Never Let Facts Get In The Way Of "Science," -- Update

As previously written here, the One would like us to believe that politics will no longer play a role in any scientific issues in his administration. He has even gone so far as to issue a memorandum to that effect! Egads, what a commitment. As he described it in his embryonic stem cell statement today:

That is why today, I am also signing a Presidential Memorandum directing the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making. To ensure that in this new Administration, we base our public policies on the soundest science; that we appoint scientific advisors based on their credentials and experience, not their politics or ideology; and that we are open and honest with the American people about the science behind our decisions. That is how we will harness the power of science to achieve our goals – to preserve our environment and protect our national security; to create the jobs of the future, and live longer, healthier lives.

Question: why exactly does this require a "strategy?" Just do it! The scientific method is well-established and, except where politics intrudes, ordinarily followed by the scientific community, in which the ability to replicate results is all-important. It is only where politics interferes -- such as in the case of so-called man-made global warming -- that the scientific method is cast aside.

Still think you need a strategy? Okay, here's one for you -- stop appointing political hacks and Clinton retreads. Look for people who have been successful in their fields, have private sector experience (and I mean real private sector experience; lobbying for Greenpeace doesn't count), and pay their taxes.

I thought the One was putting together a "Team of Rivals," but show me one Cabinet appointment who is more conservative or who has voiced an opinion different from the One's in a good way (going wacky radical, ala the miles-traveled tax or we-are-a-nation-of-cowards rant doesn't count, since those are more extreme positions). It's impossible, because there isn't one. Even those who made us think they might be more conservative (Mrs. Clinton) were just kidding, as it turns out, as their performances have demonstrated.

While the One is fretting over memoranda to restore science to its rightful place, how about doing something to restore honesty and candor to the left wing? I know that's a wild suggestion, but after all, we are in a crisis, and with every crisis comes opportunity.

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