Pushing the Science button: Scamps, Scalaways and Saviors
Science and technology drive the economy, provide the foundation for medicine, and sustain our military might. Yet, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, federal policy makers have largely ignored these imperatives. Indeed, for almost a decade, budgets for the physical sciences plunged, and the federal portfolio became increasingly unbalanced. In the last three years, however, scientists have begun to lobby on these and other issues. We'll grade their efforts and examine their accomplishments. And we'll take a hard look at how political hardball is really played. We'll put all of this into the context of an Administration that leans hard right and hypes tax cuts, smaller government, national missile defense and fossil fuels.