By Michael S. Lubell
Special to Roll Call
There was a time, and it really wasn’t so long ago, that despite their differences, Democrats and Republicans could reliably agree on two policy judgments: Science plays a central role in building the nation’s future, and federal science support is required to achieve many key national goals.
There were good reasons. Science had provided radar and nuclear weapons that won World War II. It had produced imaging technologies, such as the CT scan and the MRI, and myriad lifesaving drugs, among them antibiotics and antiretroviral medicines, that helped diagnose and cure diseases. And it had generated game-changing technologies, such as the laser and large-scale integrated circuits, that propelled the American economy.