At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Rand Paul proposes half a trillion in cuts to the US government, including:
- National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is cut by $857 million.
- NIH is cut by $5.8 billion.
- DOE is completely defunded, with some nuclear-related tasks shifted to DOD.
- NASA is cut by $4,500,000,000 (25%)
- NSF is cut by $4,723,000,000. (62%)
Science? What science?
Cutting the federal budget is difficult. Yes, we have a crisis in spending. We also have many crises in education and in research, and many crises in our economy that are, each of them, rooted in a need for new research.
Is Rand Paul a complete fool? Is he in league with Chinese Exceptionalists? Are his ears made of tin? Or is he a warrior against American knowledge and the American future?
This is a debate which needs facts, and people who can evaluate facts and arguments, and people with a vision for a future America — a good vision for a future America.
One gets the feeling that Rand Paul would have gone after the funding for Ben Franklin’s experiments — not because it would help the federal deficits, since Franklin funded his own work — but because he just doesn’t like science. ‘Why should we let Dr. Franklin take lightning from the gods?’ Rand might ask. ‘Dr. Franklin should stay out of theology.’
And so the modern-day, real Rand Paul, blunders on, waging a War on Science.