Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Science is resticted in policy making by Trump's Republican Administration.


The following was posted on a listserv by a colleague of mine regarding the New York Times article.


The phrase, "know nothings,” well fits the Trump administration and their fervent GOP followers who seem proud of their ignorance as found in the latest  E.P.A. proposed agency rule restricting the science that can be used in drafting health regulations by requiring researchers to turn over confidential health data. This is yet another dangerous and toxic policy designed by Trump/GOP to put blinders on/mislead the public to justify their plan to "take America back, make America Great again” by significantly limiting  scientific and medical research that the E.P.A. can use to determine public health regulations; overridden were protests from scientists and physicians who said the new rule would undermine the scientific underpinnings of government policymaking.

     This proposed rule well fits Carl Sagan’s related comment:"The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”


Doug Stephenson, LCSW, BCD

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