Where the Presidential Candidates Stand on Science
My apologies on the delays in my posts (again). Seriously. But in case you missed it, Science presented a simplified poster on the stances of the two presidential candidates. Click here to see the PDF. In brief, Basic Science Research policies are listed as follows:
- Fully fund America Competes Act – Both support
- Increase NIH budget significantly – McCain: no firm numbers; Obama: double over 10 yrs
- Expand number of federally approved stem cell lines – McCain: supports stem cell research; Obama – yes
- Allow research cloning – McCain: No; Obama: Yes
Let’s face it. Science research funding can probably only get better from here on out (geez, at least one would hope), but I have to say my usually optimistic outlook on life was a bit tainted when I discovered that the man who gave the gene to two of three scientists who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for GFP is driving a courtesy shuttle at a car dealership. REALLY?! I’m sure it was a series of unfortunate events, but I’m also sure the serious lack of funding for science research didn’t help either.
Whatever your political leanings are, remember that without science research funding, we lose are ability to leverage our single greatest asset – our minds. So on November 4th
- Make your voice be heard to support additional science research funding
- Contact your representative and have them support science funding
- Vote, vote, vote
I’ll happily get off my soapbox again.