I LOVE ASTRONOMY! I am fascinated by everything we learn about our Universe and the science within it. It is both awe inspiring and terrifying at the same time which is the true sense of the word ‘awe’. We do not, however, get to the level of a Hubble telescope in space without rigorous scientific study and dedication to the truth of that pursuit. In the scientific and serious academic circles, this means your work is based on evidence: you take the evidence, make sure it is accurate by duplicating it and then build on what that tells you. It is referred to as evidence based science. Nowhere does this allow you to change the results to suit your theory or political views as we saw in the climate change studies in recent times. (NASA Exposed In ‘Massive’ New Climate Data Fraud).
It is beyond time for us as a nation to adopt this same evidence based approach to our political life. What would this mean exactly? I think at the very least it would have demanded a better process than we experienced with ObamaCare for example. Ideally there would have been an effort to do at least one pilot study to make sure the infrastructure operates as intended and the consequences are as expected. Then study results, improve upon the plan before implementation. (The Massachusett Health Plan doesn’t count. Theirs worked). The trauma to the American people and the medical profession would have been far less damaging. People went without critical medical care because of the poor implementation of that program, and it was shameful. Today, there is no way to recover what has been lost in this poorly planned, poorly executed and frankly dishonest representation of what was intended.
What evidence based politics would not support is legislation with a hidden agenda or legislation meant to manipulate in any way as Jonathan Gruber revealed in his discussions on the drafting of Obamacare. (Passing the legislation required a lack of transparity and “the stupidity of the American voter.”). There would be no ‘passing a law to find out what’s in it’ . No missing stimulus money (MarketWatch), or no jobs, or the benefit to public unions it gave instead. There might have been jobs as promised for our badly deteriorating infrastructure.
Evidence based ANYTHING requires EVIDENCE…. Then we decide what our needs are based on the evidence because it reflects reality, not someone’s wish list. We as the voting public need to demand the evidence and quickly reject anything less.