Letter from the Editor

by Philipp Steger

Science Policy & Funding in the U.S. - Dire Times Ahead

You know something is not quite right, when a staunch Democrat like Bob Palmer, heaps lavish praise on Newt Gingrich, the mastermind behind the 1994 Republican revolution, which brought Congress under firm Republican control. Palmer, a long-time House science committee staffer called a speech given by Gingrich at a science policy event several years ago "brilliant", because Gingrich had "the audience mesmerized" by talking about what science could do for all of society. According to Palmer, that sort of speech and its underlying vision are a relict of the past and not to be found in today's discussions on S&T policy.

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