Every where you turn someone is marching for some cause. This time it was the “March For Science.” Many people flooded the streets of their cities on Earth Day to participate in the event.
The New York Times reports:
The March for Science evolved from a social media campaign into an effort to get people on the streets for the cause of science. Its organizers were motivated by Mr. Trump, who as a presidential candidate disparaged climate change as a hoax and cast suspicions on the safety of vaccines. Their resolve deepened, they said, when the president appointed cabinet members who seemed hostile to the sciences and then proposed a budget that would cut funding for research across the federal government.
Organizers said they hoped the day’s demonstrations result in sustained, coordinated action aimed at persuading elected officials to adopt policies consistent with the scientific consensus on climate change, vaccines and other issues.
“This has been a living laboratory as scientists and science institutions are willing to take a step outside their comfort zone, outside of the labs and into the public spheres,” said Beka Economopoulos, co-founder of the pop-up Natural History Museum and an organizer of the march. “This represents an escalation of a global movement that you’re just beginning to hear from.”
The main thing here is “cut funding for research.” Why is the government responsible for funding these types of things? This stuff costs money and the country is currently trillions of dollars in debt. There is no reason why scientific advancements can’t be funded by private institutions. Scientific advancements have been funded privately since before the founding of the United States.
Why now does the the government need to fund something that has been taken care of by the private sector for years?