Now that Bush's first Surgeon General has told Congress what every thinking person has known all along, that the Bush Leaguers put the health of the people and progress of the nation at risk to serve the interests of their corporate paymasters and flatter the superstitions of their Right Wing religious base, it's worth noting that another good thing about electing a Democratic President will be that scientists and doctors employed by the government will probably get to do their jobs.
With that in mind it's good to see one of the Democratic candidates make that a promise---as John Edwards has done in this interview with Coturnix at Blog Around the Clock.
Coturnix: If elected President, what do you intend to do to make sure that you receive trustworthy scientific information and that your policies are based on the best available empirical knowledge about the world?
Edwards: This is a good question. As I said before, the disregard of science by the Bush administration -- the censorship of data and analysis of global warming, the treatment of stem cell research, mercury emissions and other subjects - has been shameful.
As president, I will ensure that government professionals charged with the collection and analysis of scientific data--from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to the EPA--are insulated from political influence. Period.
Read the whole interview here.