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    Clinton would fund stem cell research

    Clinton would fund stem cell research By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

    NEW YORK - If elected president, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton says she would sign an executive order rescinding President Bush's restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

    She says she also would bar political appointees from altering or removing scientific conclusions from government research without a legitimate reason for doing so.

    The New York senator was to announce these and other proposals of her science agenda in a speech in Washington on Thursday.

    The address to the Carnegie Institution for Science was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Sputnik satellite by the Soviet Union. The launch, which caught U.S. scientists by surprise, helped start the U.S.-Soviet space race and led to the creation of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    "For six and half years under this president, it's been open season on open inquiry," Clinton said in remarks prepared for delivery. "By ignoring or manipulating science, the Bush administration is letting our economic competitors get an edge in the global economy. I believe we have to change course, and I know America is ready."

    On the campaign trail, Clinton has repeatedly slammed what she calls Bush's "war on science" and accused the administration of allowing conservative political ideology to interfere with research and scientific evidence. She cites administration officials who have questioned the scientific evidence of global warming and who have suggested a link existed between abortion and breast cancer.

    Clinton's goal was to spell out specific priorities for scientific innovation that would also enhance U.S. economic interests, advisers said.

    As president, Clinton said she would....

    Clinton vows billions for science research

    Clinton vows billions for science research
    By Matt Stearns | McClatchy Newspapers

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Clinton vowed Thursday to end what she called President Bush's "war on science" by lifting federal limits on embryonic stem cell research and investing billions in scientific research and development.

    Clinton, the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, also criticized the Bush administration for "ignoring or manipulating science" to serve narrow political interests, with the result that "our economic competitors get an edge in the global economy."

    In a speech to the Carnegie Institution for Science, Clinton said she would launch a $50 billion fund to research alternative energy, hopes to double the $28 billion budget of the National Institutes of Health over 10 years, and would order political appointees to ensure the integrity of federal scientific inquiry.

    Clinton's speech was tied to the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union's launch of the Sputnik satellite — an event that galvanized American interest in science as the nation realized it was losing the space race.

    "What America achieved after Sputnik is a symbol of what America can do now as we confront a new global economy, new environmental challenges, and the promise of new discoveries in medicine," Clinton said. "America led in the 20th century — and with new policies and a renewed commitment to scientific integrity and innovation, America is ready to lead in the 21st."

    By promising to reverse Bush's 2001 order limiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, Clinton latched onto an issue that has broad bipartisan support outside the Republican Party's base of religious conservatives. She called Bush's position a "ban on hope." Her promise to spend billions on alternative energy research comes as more Americans are expressing concern about climate change — and the price of oil.

    Highlighting the Bush administration's stance on science could help Clinton win over disaffected independents and moderate Republicans. At various times, the administration has been accused of whitewashing reports on climate change. It also has suggested on federal Websites links between abortion and breast cancer, an assertion that scientists question.

    "For six-and-a-half years, it's been open season on open inquiry," Clinton said.
    The article goes on to point out that Republican critics mocked Clinton's "fuzzy math and questioned how she would pay for her proposals. It really burns me that these are the same politicians who have now spent half a trillion dollars on the war on Iraq. What kind of fuzzy math were they engaging in when they approved that kind of spending, when they approved $200 billion to pay this coming year for a war that a majority of Americans oppose?

    If America can spend $500 billion on a war that did nothing but devastate a country, if the federal government can spend a trillion dollars for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeland security, and maintaining the military, they can afford to spend 1% of that to give a 15% boost to the science budget. It seems not unreasonable to spend $50 billion over 10 years to cover the health care of uninsured children.

    What seems to be a bit fuzzy about the Bush logic is not their math but their priorities. The Bush administration's priorities are very clear. He has expended only three vetoes during his presidency. He vetoed embryonic stem cell research, war-funding bill with a withdrawal time table, and now kids health bill. Clearly, he puts war at a higher priority than health and kids.



      just another way to the white house for Clinton
      oh well


        Regardless, we need a science friendly president. Scientific progress has stalled under Bush as he has gutted the NIH coffers. Researchers in every field are decrying the lack of grant money available to them. I'm a registered Democrat but I've voted for Republicans who support the CDRPA Bill. This isn't about partisanship, it's about cure research and improving our quality of life.