Originally Posted By theinvisibleheart:
I would love to see the numbers that the good doctor used.
I just did a quick lookup of NSF funding and NASA funding by long term, multi decade, time series.
General trend is for funding to go up, independent of the administration, albeit going by party of POTUS is misleading. More accurate comparison is to look at funding on basis of which party controlled the Congress.
According to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
, $7.6B was allocated to science in 2009. 2008 NSF funding during last year of Pres. Bush Jr was $6.5B.
According to 2009 Pew Research Center survey
, most scientists are either Democrats or leaning toward Democrat with only 6% confirmed as GOP. My experience has being that most scientists/math/engineering folks were either Democrats or heavily leaning toward DNC. I remember reading a WSJ article while back that pretty much confirmed the same thing.
Also, GOP stance on taxes and government revenue, evolution, and gobal warming goes totally against mainstream evidence/stance/consensus in economics/finance/science(AAAS).
E.g., most of the papers in Science/AAAS, esp. during post-2000 papers, support global warming vs. GOP stance of global warming is a scientific hoax.
And most economists/accounting PhDs, based on economic data, don't support the contention that lowering taxes increases government revenue.
Not to mention if you check latest findings from fields like molecular genetics, evolutionary psychology, and evolutionary anthropology, it goes completely against GOP stance on Creationism/young earth theory.
Not to mention the fact that w/o sound creation and funding of high quality math/science curriculum like in Singapore/Finland/etc., odds of nurturing high quality mathematicians, scientists, and engineers are not good.
But GOP is a party of math/science/engineering/biology, right?
The good thing is that we can import them albeit quite often, Congress makes it harder to do that for fear of native born Americans losing jobs. But OTOH, Congress/local state government also doesn't want to implement a high quality national/region wide science/math program like those in Singapore or Finland(US private schools can't hold a candle to public schools in those countries).