Today's Note from 2 Madmen
Sunday, December 5, 2004
Funding Scientific Research
In the 2005 Omnibus Bill, Congress slashed funding of the National Science Foundation (NSF) by $105 million below last year’s budget and $232 billion below their request. This is not good policy. Success in the global economy requires innovation. Without proper funding for scientific research, innovation is improbable.
The NSF needs additional funding for a new mission. Task them with the goal of developing renewable energy sources to replace oil over the next 10 years. This is money well spent for these reasons:
Our economic and political sovereignty will be improved by reducing our dependency on foreign oil.
Pollution from automobiles will diminish thus improving air quality and reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.
New jobs will be created as the renewable energy technology is deployed.
A policy that gives corporations $100 million dollars in tax cuts yet shortchanges the future of America is unwise. Without scientific research, our nation risks obsolescence.
Today's Stupid Quote
"We don't need a study, if I remember my biology correctly, to show us that those people who are sexually abstinent have a zero chance of becoming pregnant or getting someone pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted disease."
-Wade Horn, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services in charge of federal abstinence funding.
That little bit of misinformation is going to come in handy when Little Johnny is convincing Little Suzy to go “all the way” in the back seat of his Neon. Since Little Suzy has never had any other sexual education other than “Don’t do it”, she has no idea what a condom is or how it could protect her from getting STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) or getting pregnant. Since Little Suzy’s parents think that the power of teaching abstinence is more powerful than teenage peer pressure, Little Suzy is now pregnant, or maybe infected with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).
So according to the Department of Health and Human Services, we’re going to rely on the judgments of a couple of teenagers rather than educating them on all aspects of sexual activity aqnd ways to protect themselves.
THAT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLY STUPID
Before sexual education no one ever got pregnant out of wedlock, right Mr. Horn?
Before sexual education no one ever got a sexually transmitted disease, right Mr. Horn?
Then I have one question. Why is it that the abortion rate has risen in the four years that President Bush has been in office while in the 8 years before, under President Clinton it had declined?
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