BY SUSANNE B. HAGA. Ph.D
As the more than 50 rookie members of the 11th Congress settle into their offices, hire staff and set their agendas, they face a steep learning curve on many subjects they are likely to be unfamiliar with, ranging from foreign policy to the budget appropriations process.
Many of these subjects will involve science in one form or another –- from scientific evidence in support of a specific policy to decisions influencing the future direction, investment and advancements in the U.S. scientific enterprise. It is estimated that the federal government spent more than $38 billion in 2007 for health-related research and more than $2 billion for energy research and technologies. That’s not up to the level of the latest bailout or stimulus packages, but should be large enough to get the attention of members of Congress.
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Good idea in my opinion. Perhaps a course on government, enconomics, and history too. Hell, have them repeat high school and take the citizenship exam.