Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Well at least science still isn't getting in the way of politics

From our friends at the New York Times - An article from today's paper discussed how:

The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, concluded in a report released Monday that the Food and Drug Administration's May 2004 rejection of the morning-after pill, or emergency contraceptive, application was unusual in several respects.

Top agency officials were deeply involved in the decision, which was "very, very rare," a top F.D.A. review official told investigators. The officials' decision to ignore the recommendation of an independent advisory committee as well as the agency's own scientific review staff was unprecedented, the report found. And a top official's "novel" rationale for rejecting the application contradicted past agency practices, it concluded.

This makes me think of two things:

1) This administration's disregard for science is almost more disturbing than its disregard of the greater good. With regard to the later there are often tangible transfers or benefits to the rich or special interests with the costs being borne by the majority of us, or at least the poor. At any rate someone gains something that is a means. But in disregarding science, whether it be in the rejection of Plan B or the support of teaching intelligent design in science classrooms no such means is given, only an end which can be supported as victory. The religious right which supports the Republican party can't do so forever - they make up the margin, not the base (I think). If the middle leaves this type of pandering becomes even more disturbing.

2) Beauracracy is not a dirty word in political science. It indicates an organization with highly specific technical knowledge and seems to well represent the careerists at the FDA, EPA, GAO, etc . . . who are the one's whose work is manipulated for the politics of all administrations to some degree. What worries me is that we'll lose a rediculous number of the well qualified unbiased ones due to the utter disregard for their skills and effort shown by this administration. Actions now can hurt quality later.


Blogger Prof. Schwarzenegger said...

Man this annoys the hell out of me. I mean, they act as if:

(a) this is abortion (which it is not)

(b) that kids are going to fuck like rabbits because they can just pop a pill (which is also not true because the series of pills makes you sick as hell), or

(c) that they are doing the right thing (ignoring the fact that they are just going to increase the number of actual abortions.

The Bush Administration: Never let good facts get in the way of bad policy.

6:47 PM  

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