Saturday, September 22, 2012

GOP earns anti-science award

PJ:  Sadly, the GOP, who once touted scientific research, has become the party who mocks it.  In 2008 Sarah Palin famously scoffed at research involving fruit flies--research that was destined to play an important role in a cause that she claimed to support.  Today the party chides and ridicules science as if its a part of their platform. 

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Why Sarah Palin should be thankful for fruit flies

The consensus of many Republicans about basic science research is that it is more evidence for “government waste.” In 2010, YouCut Citizen Review, a crowdsourcing tool for identifying unnecessary government spending, put the National Science Foundation at the top of its list for budget cuts, says Wired.

However, that hasn’t stopped the government from promoting scientific endeavors. A bipartisan group of six Congressmen have, along with organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), joined forces to create the Golden Goose Awards. These awards are intended to honor those whose basic research has had humane or economic benefits, including life-saving medicines and technological advances that can lead to advances in national security, energy, the environment, communications and public health.

Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) came up with the idea and named the awards as a deliberate play on the “Golden Fleece Awards” that Senator William Proxmire (D-WI) issued between 1975 and 1988 to mock federally-funded research which, seeming to have no practical applications, was dubbed a symbol of the government throwing away citizens’ tax dollars.

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