The New Trump Administration: What does it mean for science?

Pollsters often times proclaim their polls are accurate within a certain margin of error because of the science that they use but as we discovered in America’s latest presidential election, they were way off in their predictions!

Mainstream media including right-leaning Fox News were in shock! How could they possibly be so wrong with their data? Donald Trump wasn’t a politician, his personality contained a huge ego which involves a short temper. He used social media to attack those whom he disagreed with. He made lame comments about Republicans as well as his Democrat opponent who were running against him along with his lame comments about women and at times turned the presidential primary into a mudslinging circus rather than debating about things like the economy. This made people feel uncomfortable admitting to the pollsters that they were going to vote for Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton.

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His kids defended him claiming this was how America felt too. In a way his kids were right, America is fed up with career politicians who don’t live up to their promises. They are concerned about the economy which has been limping along since the Great Recession. More Americans are on food stamps, 95 million Americans left the job force because they couldn’t find work, one in six who are 18-34, are either in jail or living at home without a job. President Obama passed a stimulus bill in his first term, but what has he done for the economy since? People ask! He passed Obamacare which taxed the rich more, it also taxed how many medical devices produced rather than the profit from those medical devices which favorited big established companies who can afford those taxes rather than a small or start-up company. 17,000 new rules for health care were added. Premiums for many who are on Obamacare are going up in 2017. Some insurance companies are leaving the government network. Millions lost their doctors even though it was promised to them they could keep their doctors once the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented!

Hillary Clinton had problems of her own that were major like a lot of scandals which included the handling of classified e-mails to her home and another which cost four American lives. Many in America didn’t trust her as a result. They also didn’t  think she would change things in Washington. So they gave an outsider a chance to change America! This leads to the main focus, what does that mean for science?

Science research has suffered in recent years because of a lagging economy. In a robust economy, more tax revenue is collected thereby making funding for programs like science more accessible. Also, fraud has affected science research, there have been calls for more accountability by pushing for tougher punishments for those found guilty of fraud in science which is a good thing.

Donald Trump is not a scientist but neither was President Obama nor Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump hardly knows anything about creationism vs evolution debate, what he knows is how to run a business successfully and he wants to bring that experience to the national level to turn America’s economy around for the better! If Trump is successful and the economy improves much better under his leadership, this will provide a lot more funding for science research in general!

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